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.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 11, 2018.