Bartel inducted into Landscape Hall of Fame

Kurt Bartel was inducted into the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Hall of Fame in March to cap off his landscaping career. Bartel will be retiring in September after 35 years with David J. Frank Landscape Contracting (DJF).

Kurt Bartel

After college (University of Wisconsin, BS in Horticulture and Plant Pathology, Integrated Pest Management graduate studies), Bartel began his 45-year career in the green industry at Milwaukee County Zoological Park, where he managed the installation and maintenance of both tropical plant displays and exterior woody and herbaceous plant collections. In 1989, he joined DJF, assuming three titles: Horticulturist, Plant Pathologist and Vice President of Maintenance. The quality of his work at DJF was recognized with dozens of local, state, and national landscape awards.

Thirty years later in 2019, Bartel stepped down from his VP position to concentrate solely on being the company’s Senior Horticulturist.

Bartel has shared his love and knowledge of horticulture by giving hundreds of educational presentations to community groups and landscape organizations. He also helped organize and present at DJF University, a two-month company training program held for hundreds of employees during winter.

Bartel’s love of the environment extends into his own backyard. He is an avid gardener who has cultivated large perennial plants, dwarf conifers, ornamental grasses and hosta collections.

If he had to list just one thing he is most proud of, it’s the fact that his teaching and training over the years have positively affected so many people, giving them the knowledge and confidence to excel in the green industry.

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