In memory of Bonnie Appleton, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ISA and Trees Virginia have established an account with the TREE Fund with the intent to endow a fund honoring Bonnie’s contributions to the arboriculture industry.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1985, Appleton was based at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach until she retired in 2010. She was instrumental in the development of the horticulture department’s off-campus graduate degree program. Appleton taught graduate classes and served as major advisor to more than 60 master’s degree students.
Appleton developed an innovative, nationally recognized Extension program focused on the development and delivery of research-based technology on production and management strategies for the nursery, landscape, and arboriculture industries.
“Anyone who met or worked with Bonnie quickly realized what an amazing person she was — always going at 100 miles per hour with multiple projects in the works,” said Laurie Fox, research associate at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. “She positively impacted so many people — from horticulture students of all ages to colleagues, peers, and green industry professionals. Bonnie’s enthusiasm, creativity, and love of horticulture, especially trees, were obvious.”
In 2006, Appleton was recognized by the college with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence for her dedication to teaching and the positive impact her love of horticulture made on students.
Appleton strove each day to offer her students a personalized educational experience. Her extraordinary success as a teacher can be attributed to her vision, ingenuity, and ability to connect with a variety of audiences.