Once in a lifetime naming rights were offered to the first three donors to contribute $2,500.00 to the Patrick A. Nutt Scholarship for the Endowed. The Patrick A. Nutt Scholarship for the Endowed was set up by friends of Pat. Donations to this fund will insure that Pat's legacy, his passion for his work at Longwood Gardens, will continue. New students who have been accepted into the Longwood Gardens International Internship and Training Programs will benefit with assistance with their travel expenses.
Three present day hybridizers are donating unnamed plants to help honor Patrick A. Nutt's legacy. Tony Moore, a hybridizer from Ohio, donated an exquisite pink waterlily with stellate shape. Colleen Steblein was the first donor to contribute $2,500.00 and named the beautiful pink waterlily in memory of her husband, Kenneth W. Steblein, who died in April, 2016.
Ken Steblein had a natural talent and real passion for raising plants and animals. Ken went through the Longwood Gardens Horticultural Program, as well as the Threave School of Gardening in Scotland. He also managed a nursery at Newell Business Park and opened Texas Select Landscape. He also worked at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Ken Steblein was dedicated to environmentally sound recycling and sustainability practices.
Hybridizer Tony Moore's pink, stellate, waterlily will be named "Stellar Day", in memory of Mr. Kenneth W. Steblein
Hybridizer Laura Bancroft, from Alabama, donated a magnificent pink, cup-shaped lotus, with classic, single petal flowers. This lotus will be available for sale in 2017. (As of January 8, 2017, unnamed)
Hybridizer Primlarp Wasuwat Chukiatman, from Thailand, donated a stunning, light-pink, hardy waterlily, very similar in appearance to Rose Arey Waterlily. (As of January 8, 2017, unnamed)