John Brailsford Named HRI President

March 26, 2009 - 11:28

As the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) looks to the future with new determination, it will have a new leader at its helm. John F. Brailsford Jr. of Orangeburg, S.C., recently became president.

“HRI is in the midst of repositioning itself as driving, not just funding, the research agenda of the green industry,” said Brailsford. “This is critical strategic work, and I am honored to have the opportunity to steward this process.”

A recognized leader and member of the green industry, he serves on the HRI Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors and as president of the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (SCNLA) in 1996. Shady Grove Plantation and Nursery Inc. has been a member of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) since 1948 and an HRI member since 1997. Brailsford served as ANLA lieutenant governor and governor, representing South Carolina, from 1997 through 2003.

He received the “South Carolina Nursery Professional of the Year” Award in 2001. In 2006, he was invited to become a member of the South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association’s (SCNLA) fellows. SCNLA also recognized him in 2007 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Nursery & Landscape Industry.”

Brailsford is president of Shady Grove Plantation and Nursery Inc., which was established in 1939 by John F. Brailsford Sr. Shady Grove is a true family business: Brailsford’s wife, Janet, is in charge of liner procurement and advertising at Shady Grove, and their son, John (Jeb) F. Brailsford III, is the nursery and sales manager.

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