The Horticultural Research Institute recently received a $250,000 donation from the Peter Orum Family, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, and Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies. This donation will create the Orum—Midwest Research Fund within the HRI Endowment.
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) recently received a $250,000 donation from the Peter Orum Family, Midwest Groundcovers, LLC, St. Charles, Ill., and Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, Inc., near Virgil, Ill. This donation will create the Orum-Midwest Research Fund within the HRI Endowment.
“Many years ago we established an HRI fund in honor of my mentor in plant propagation, John Wilde and some years later we established a fund in honor of my parents, Lydia and Palle H. Orum; and on the birthdays of these honorees we keep building the funds," said Peter Orum.
"In the nineties, I served on the HRI Board and was vice president and president for several years. Because of HRI, the nursery industry has clout both within government and academics. HRI itself has real resources to put down when asked to do necessary things. So now it is HRI’s 50 year anniversary and what better time could it be for the Orum Family and the Midwest Companies to join together and establish a substantial HRI fund," Orum stated
HRI is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational foundation. Its mission is to direct, fund, promote and communicate horticultural research, which increases the quality and value of ornamental plants, improves the productivity and profitability of the nursery and landscape industry, and protects and enhances the environment.
Visit www.HRIResearch.org  to learn more.