George Edward Hull
1948 - 2018
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George Edward Hull

Portland, OR - George Edward Hull, born August 28, 1948, passed away at his home in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, February 11, 2018. George was born in Greenfield, Ohio. As a young boy he could often be found working alongside his grandmother on his family's farm, igniting a love for plants early on. He attended McClain High School and later The Ohio State University where he earned both a bachelors and masters degree in the field of horticulture. George was a lifelong strong Buckeye, scarlet and grey through and through!

After graduating, George moved to Arizona and began working at Harper's Nursery. His passion for plants soon took him far and wide and he traveled extensively for conferences and research. He collaborated with several nurseries across the southwest as well as the renowned Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden.

Later in life George discovered a love of teaching. He taught memorable courses at Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College and Arizona State University (ASU). He was a well-loved teacher and mentor. Students will remember the long hours dedicated to designing and transporting entries to the annual San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Their entries were always popular and received recognition several years in a row.

George developed and patented over 25 new strains of plants, most notably 'Sparky,' an ASU colored Tecoma blossom. A portion of the proceeds through the sale of 'Sparky' fund a horticulture scholarship for ASU students.

George is survived by family, friends and colleagues from around the world. He will be missed for his rollicking humor, passion for plants and general zest for life. George's ashes will be returned to Ohio. Small gatherings in his memory are occurring in multiple locations.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 11, 2018.
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March 6, 2020
George Hull was an amazing man and a wealth of knowledge, especially about plants. George helped me to become more knowledgeable about the plants of the Sonran Desert and beyond. His passion and depth of knowledge about plants is what connected us. He taught me more about plants than any other teacher. I don't believe I would have my conceptual knowledge of the plant kingdom without him. I hope that others were lucky enough to share the same experience. Additionally, his sense of humor and wit were another way that we connected. I think about him often and am thankful that we shared time in our lives together. He most definitely made a big impact on my life.
Joe Lenz
February 13, 2019
A wonderful man with a fantastic sense of humour. He loved a good chat over a pint and a meal. Sadly missed but never forgotten.
Dave Moreton
March 23, 2018
Remembering a kind and gentle classmate. Prayers.
Kathy Spangler Stella
March 23, 2018
George was a good friend for a very long time. Sue and I have many fond memories of time spent together over the years.
Steve Iseman
March 21, 2018
George cared deeply for his friends. We became friends more than 50 years ago. We had "visited" often in the last years thanks to Messenger and Facebook. I miss him tremendously already. I was coaching his crocheting projects from Ohio! He was thinking of future projects for friends and was excited about finding yarn bargains at Michaels. And he was looking forward to the daffodils blooming. Thinking of his friends until the end. That was George.
Stephanie Krupla
March 19, 2018
There are so many students who were lucky to have George as a professor. He was a source of positive inspiration for generations of landscape architects. His passion to help others was a gift he loved giving. Thank you for the inspiration, experiences and advice that you gave me and so many other people.

We all miss and love you George!
Matt Thomas
March 16, 2018
His smile was a radiant and vibrant as the flowers he cultivated. George was an inspiration to many, a mentor to all and a true friend that can never be replaced.
Robert McCoy
March 12, 2018
George was always a pleasure to work with from our early family days Harper's Nursery to our "professional" days at Mountain States Nursery. He will be missed by many.
Kris Floor
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