Award of Merit

The Award of Merit recognizes an individual(s) who has significantly contributed to the herbaceous perennial plant industry in growing, marketing, contracting, writing, teaching, extension, research, landscaping, hybridizing, promotion, or innovation. This prestigious award is presented at the Perennial Plant Symposium.

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Dan Heims receives 2017 Award of Merit, PPA's Highest Honor

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The highest honor to bestow upon a member of the perennial industry is the PPA Award of Merit. The 2017 recipient is Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries of Canby, Oregon.


Since 1973, Dan Heims has been deeply involved in all facets of horticulture. He has taught horticulture courses, was an exotic plant wholesaler, and ran his own design-and-installation landscape business. He’s currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., a company noted for its many new introductions to horticulture, especially in the genus Heuchera and Heucherella. Terra Nova’s breeding programs have produced numerous international gold- and silver-medal winners, not to mention an impressive 900+ plant introductions.


Dan’s articles and photography have been featured in a number of magazines. He has hosted a weekly radio gardening show on KKSN and has appeared on The Martha Stewart TV Show, Martha Stewart Omnimedia Radio, HGTV, and the BBC. His work and his garden have been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine, and Organic Gardening.


Dan is a published author, having written the humorous Garden Clerk’s Dictionary, and he co-authored Heucheras and Heucherellas with Grahame Ware. Dan travels the world in search of the newest perennials. Along the way, he uses his unique blend of knowledge, wit, and humor to captivate audiences around the globe. He is a frequent speaker in every corner of the United States, as well as in Japan, England, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Australia, and Canada.  Dan’s lecture repertoire is comprised of 27 topics, covering the gamut of all things horticultural.


Congratulations to Dan Heims, a long-time PPA member, supporter, and sponsor.

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