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Dale Bachman to get U achievement award at (appropriately) urban garden kickoff

Dale Bachman, CEO of his family’s floral and garden business, will be awarded the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award Saturday.
But instead of receiving the award from University President Robert Bruininks at a formal ceremony o

Dale Bachman, CEO of his family’s floral and garden business, will be awarded the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award Saturday.

But instead of receiving the award from University President Robert Bruininks at a formal ceremony on a stage, Bachman requested a different venue: he’s getting the award at a program for a newly expanded garden at Oak Park Center in Minneapolis.

The site, operated by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Urban Gardening initiative, provides summer jobs for community youth who maintain gardens and learn about urban agriculture.

Labor and gardening materials for the garden expansion will be provided by Bachman’s Garden Center.

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Bachman, a 1972 U of M grad with a plant and soil science degree, is getting the award for helping build the family business started by his grandfather in 1885. He’s also been a volunteer leader in state and national horticultural organizations.

The ceremony begins with planting activity at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Park Center, 1701 Oak Park Ave. N. (near Highway 55 and Penn Ave. N.), Minneapolis.