Todd Bachman Award


Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Todd Bachman Award for Innovation in Horticultural Business.


Deadline: November 1, 2019 


Created by the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association and the MNLA Foundation, the award annually recognizes a young individual whose innovation in private enterprise has positively influenced horticulture and/or the green industry in the region.

This award honors the legacy of the late Todd Bachman, a state and national leader in horticultural business for many years. As chairman of the board and CEO of Bachman’s Inc., Todd led one of the nation’s premiere floral, garden center, nursery and landscape businesses. He was dedicated to the academic community and was a humble leader who helped build consensus among people and within organizations.

The award recipient will receive a plaque and will be recognized in trade and consumer publications. In addition, the MNLA Foundation will make a $1,000 cash award in the recipient’s name to his or her alma mater.

Qualifications for Todd Bachman Award

  • Owner or employee of a horticultural business in the north central region (MN, WI, IA, ND, SD).
  • Recipient of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or greater in horticulture, business or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Demonstrated innovation in business, marketing, horticultural production, floral, or landscape practices.

Nominator will submit the following:

  • One page letter of nomination noting how the individual meets the qualifications.
  • Summary document listing contact information of the nominee, relevant academic background, relevant employment history, industry volunteerism, and areas of innovation including specific examples.
  • 2 letters of support.

Selection Process
A panel representing MNLA/MNLA Foundation, the University of Minnesota, the Todd Bachman family, and several other green industry professionals will review the nominations.


Past Winners:
  • 2009 — Hans Hansen, Plant Breeder
  • 2010 — Patrick McGuiness, Zlimen & McGuiness PLLC
  • 2011 — Troy Lucht, Plant Source International

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