Alan came to K-State in 1990. In 1996 he began work as the Directer of the newly created Olathe Horticulture Research & Extension Center and the flower trials were established in their current location. In 1998 he coined the "Prairie Star" name and the program that lists the best performing annual flowers (and the Prairie Bloom list of perennial flowers) for the region continues to this day.
One of Alan's favorite aspects of his job was the people he got to work with, especially Extension Master Gardener volunteers. His talks throughout the state (and country!) inspired many gardeners to plant the best flowers. As the Prairie Star program moves forward, we will always be thankful for Alan's vision and the work he put into making it a success. Our world is a lot more colorful thanks to him!