Greater Cincinnati Branch Celebrates Walt Bonvell
On October 29th, the Greater Cincinnati Branch gathered at beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum to honor Walt Bonvell’s contributions to PGMS and to celebrate his life. Many PGMS members, co-workers, friends and family were present for a special tree planting that memorialized our good friend and leader.
The tree selected for Walt is an ‘Urban Pinnacle’ bur oak and will be a lasting and living reminder of all he has done for us and this world. The group gathered around the tree to help plant it and then to share “Walt stories” and memories.
After the tree planting ceremony, Joe Boggs, Hamilton County Extension agent and educator, led an open group discussion about a variety of topics ranging from pest and insect issues to diagnostic techniques. A catered dinner was served at the Spring Grove Cemetery Maintenance Facility. Everyone in the Branch agreed that the most fitting way we could honor Walt was to plant a tree, share our knowledge, and break bread with each other.
Walt’s passion for trees and landscaping was unmatched and his many contributions to the green industry and the greater Cincinnati community will never be forgotten. Through his work at Xavier University and his service to PGMS, he graciously went beyond his boundaries to help others and do so with his signature smile. Walt was a great horticulturist and scholar who was always willing to teach and mentor others. He was and will always remain an inspiration to the entire landscape industry.