For Immediate Release
April 2, 2019
Mary Beth Cowardin
Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement
AmericanHort Welcomes Rich Batcho, CLT to the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame
Columbus, OH – AmericanHort is pleased to announce a 2019 inductee to the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame – Rich Batcho, CLT, of Batch-O Blooms. The AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame honors individuals of integrity whose personal dedication provides great leadership in the development and growth of the interior plantscape industry. Individuals nominated must have contributed a minimum of 15 years to the development and permanent betterment of the interiorscape industry.
The lifetime achievements of Rich Batcho will be honored during the Plantscape Awards Celebration held on the evening of Sunday, July 14, during the Cultivate’19 trade show and conference, where he will be inducted into the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame.
Rich Batcho, CLT, of Batch-O Blooms, is an interior Plantscape industry figure who is best known for promoting industry education throughout the country via AmericanHort, ALCA/PLANET/NALP, PIA and TPIE, and he was instrumental in the genesis of the Mid-Atlantic Interior Landscape Committee of Penn State Extension and reviving the Longwood Garden Symposium. His work as the Decorations Chair for eighteen years with Cultivate is widely acknowledged. He is renowned for his educational presentations on Biophilia and is a registered trainer for Green Plants for Green Buildings.
As advisor and writer for Interior Business Magazine, Batcho has been featured on HGTV on ColorBowls in the Interiorscape and for his Interior Plantscape display at The Philadelphia Flower Show.
Green industry businesses perform better, grow faster and prepare for the future as a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association. With a rich history of serving horticultural professionals, AmericanHort supports nearly 14,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry’s production, wholesale, retail, and landscape service components have annual sales of $196 billion, and sustain over 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs.