About Us

About Us

Who is CHREF

The Colorado Horticulture Research & Education Foundation (CHREF) plays a lead role in developing new leaders and applied science for the nursery and greenhouse industry. CHREF has contributed more than $300,000 to research and $297,000 to scholarships since the mid 80s. CHREF has a 10-person board of directors, including 2 ex-officio members.


Our mission is to develop new talent & technology that will keep the industry vibrant & successful.

About Us

Board of Directors

Jack Fetig


Fossil Creek Nursery

Mike Kintgen

Vice President

Denver Botanic Gardens

Steve Echter


Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center


Matt Edmundson


Arbor Valley Nursery

Gary Epstein, CCNP


Fort Collins Wholesale

Jan Gulley


Gulley Greenhouse

Diana Reavis


Eason Horticultural Resources

Mike Schleining, CCNP


Arbor Valley Nursery

Dr. Jim Klett, Ph.D.

Ex-officio Director

CSU Dept. of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Glenda Mostek

Executive Director

Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association

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