Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund
Anyone who met or worked with Dr. Bonnie Appleton quickly realized what an amazing person she was. She had a passion for her work in horticulture and arboriculture, and shared that enthusiasm with all who knew her.
In honor of Bonnie and to remember her legacy, MAC-ISA and Trees Virginia have established The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund administered by the TREE Fund. The Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund and Scholarship program will be a tribute and legacy for all of Bonnie’s accomplishments.
We have been working to raise $100,000 for our initial amount to endow an annual scholarship for college juniors or seniors in the green industry field. Since its establishment in 2013 we have raised a bit more then half of the $100,000 needed to endow the fund. We need your support to reach the full $100,000 this year! Won't you and/or your company help support this fund so we will be able to provide a scholarship to a deserving student and further the knowledge that Bonnie's research started.
Her areas of research included:
- Utility easement-compatible trees and shrubs; development of utility line at arboreta;
- Landscape installation systems — wire basket modification; tree stabilization (staking vs. root ball anchoring);
- Tree wounds vs. % of tree girdled;
- Selection and Use of Mulches and Landscape Fabrics
- Bare rooting trees at transplant; root “washing” at transplant;
- Viability and usefulness of mycorrhiza inoculation, and
- Using trees for phytoremediation.
Bonnie was a facilitator who brought together arborists, horticulturists, nursery personnel and utility professionals to work collaboratively to solve industry issues. The tree care industry will continue to benefit from all of her hard work. This scholarship will help support worthy students continuing in her footsteps to benefit the green industry.
We have now raised a little more then 50% of our goal! HELP US REACH OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $100,000 this year to endow this scholarship. We need your help to finish our goal! Please donate to the Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund now through December 31, 2016, and we will match 100% of your tax deductible gift, up to a total of $15,000.
Donate online at the TREE Fund and select the Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund (third one down). All donations are tax deductible.
Read more on Bonnie’s life and accomplishments and download a form to donate.
Thank you for your contributions in honor of Bonnie Appleton!