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Fred Hower

As “The Ohio Nurseryman”. Fred Hower has over 50 years experience as a horticultural consultant, certified arborist and landscape designer. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he teaches in the horticulture department at Columbus State Community College. In addition to hosting ‘Plant Talk,’ he’s written more than 400 columns in 90 newspapers and has made frequent guest appearances on television. He recently received the “Distinguished Contribution Award” from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, and is co-author of the  “Tree and Shrub Gardening for Ohio.” 



A graduate of Ohio State University, Fred has a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture. Fred has received the Meritorious Service Award from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, the first Senior Careerist Award from the Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, three Grand Awards for Landscape Design from the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, the Award of Merit from the International Society of Arboriculture, and a PLAN award for landscape design from the Junior League of Columbus. Fred has also been active in the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, the Columbus Landscape Association, the Southwestern Ohio Environmental Horticultural Association, the International Society of Arboriculture, and is an honorary member of the Ohio Landscaper's Association.