Mangum scholarship encourages studies in ornamental horticulture

The deadline for the $2,000 scholarship is April 26.

February 27, 2013

ELKRIDGE, Md., -- The Robert and Shirley Mangum Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications from Montgomery County residents interested in pursuing studies and careers in the fields of ornamental horticulture, floriculture, greenhouse growing, interior landscaping and related studies. The deadline for application is April 26, and the winner will be notified in May.

This educational scholarship was established in 2004 to honor Montgomery County residents Bob and Shirley Mangum. Mangum was a pioneer in the business of interior landscaping and ornamental horticulture beginning in the 1950s when the couple purchased Bell Flowers, a family business in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Mangums expanded their floral operations and, in the late 1970s, became one of the first in the country to successfully develop an interior landscape business, with several hundred employees serving clients including shopping malls, office buildings and fine hotels in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

In the mid-1980s, the Mangums started Bell Nursery, a greenhouse and ornamental crop growing operation based in Burtonsville, Md. The Mangum’s businesses, Bell Flowers, Bell Nursery and Premier Plantscapes, which today continue under the stewardship of the Mangum family, are well-known for dedication to quality, innovative plant products and pioneering business practices that serve as a model for ornamental crop growers and other industry professionals around the country. The Mangums were involved with the Montgomery County Farm Bureau for many years, and Bob Mangum served on the board of directors.

Administered by the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, the $2,000 Mangum Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a county resident who has demonstrated character, scholarship and talent, and who is interested in pursuing an education and eventual career in the Maryland horticultural industry. Previous coursework and experience should demonstrate an interest in the horticulture industry as a whole. The applicant must have excellent references from employers, instructors, and/or industry contacts. Other requirements include an overall grade point average of 3.0 or greater in their current studies. The Scholarship can be used to attend any accredited two-year or four-year educational institution located within the United States.

The deadline for the application is April 26, 2013 and the recipient will be notified in May. For a complete list of eligibility requirements or to obtain an application, visit For additional information, email