SAF Inducts Anna Ball into Floriculture Hall of Fame
The Society of American Florists (SAF) recently inducted Anna Ball into its Floriculture Hall of Fame. Ball is the chief executive officer and owner of the Ball Horticultural Co. in West Chicago, Ill.
The induction took place Sept. 21, during the Stars of the Industry Awards dinner in Phoenix at SAF’s 129th Annual Convention in Phoenix.
“The Floriculture Hall of Fame is truly the floral industry’s highest achievement. It means that the recipient has made a permanent and significant contribution to the advancement of floriculture,” said SAF Awards Committee Chairman Terril Nell.
Although she tends to stay out of the limelight, Anna Ball’s accomplishments “are anything but low profile,” Nell said, she “has a well-deserved reputation for clear, strategic thinking and big picture insight,” and is often on the leading edge of industry and consumer trends.
Ball has led her company through an aggressive and energetic breeding program to provide better performing impatiens, petunias and dozens of other garden stalwarts, as well as new lines of novelty annuals. She is a vocal advocate for sustainable business practices and is in the forefront of promoting the value of flowers not just for their beauty but also for the many ways they can help improve overall quality of life.
“Ultimately, what drives Anna Ball and her company,” said Nell, “is her passion for the industry and helping the industry meet the desires and tastes of the consumer.”
To learn more about the Society of American Florists and the Floriculture Hall of Fame, please visit www.safnow.org.