Kurt Bluemel: Father of Ornamental Grasses in the US

Kurt Bluemel died on Wed. June 4, 2014 at the age of 81. He introduced many people in the U.S. to ornamental grasses. From Rockefeller Center to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Kurt had he vision that grasses could and should cover the globe. He befriended me as a graduate student at Cornell, when he was just starting out with his own nursery. He supplied grasses for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s NAPCC Grass Collection and he was the ‘go to’ person for any questions on grasses. I spent a week at his Florida nursery one February transplanting grasses and learning the tropical kinds grown there. We have lost a great horticulturist and spokesperson for grasses. For more information see: Prairie Blog and Baltimore Sun.


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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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