American Horticultural Society Honors James Klett, PhD, with Prestigious Teaching Award

James Klett, PhD at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Horticultural Society Teaching Award.

The American Horticultural Society is proud to present James Klett, PhD, of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, with the 2022 Teaching Award.”

— Marcia Zech, Board Chair

ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA, March 16, 2022 / — James Klett, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, has been named the 2022 recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s (AHS) Teaching Award, given to an individual whose ability to share their horticultural knowledge with others has contributed to a better public understanding of the plant world and its important influence on society.

The honor is one of the Great American Gardeners Awards that AHS presents annually to individuals, organizations, and businesses that represent the best in American gardening. Each of the recipients has made significant contributions to areas such as scientific research, garden communication, landscaping, youth gardening and conservation.

After more than 40 years, Dr. Klett announced his retirement from teaching last year. “Dr. Klett has excelled not only in teaching students in formal classrooms,” says Jessica G. Davis, head of the university’s horticulture and landscape architecture department, “but also in sharing of his knowledge with the general public.

Dr. Klett is well known for his “Plant Walks” around campus, where he points out details of herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs. He is a co-advisor of the Horticulture Club, an advisor to Pi Alpha Xi (the honor society for horticulture) and has been a faculty mentor for undergraduate students in the Nursery and Landscape Management concentration. as well as for PhD and Masters candidates.

Dr. Klett’s research focuses on landscape plant evaluation, water requirements, weed control, and greenhouse production of landscape plants. Many research sites on Dr. Klett’s campus are open to the public, including the annual trial gardens, perennial gardens, and arboretum.

Dr. Klett collaborates extensively with the plant industry in Colorado and beyond and has been instrumental in establishing two major initiatives: Planttalk and Plant Select.

In 2017, Dr. Klett received the CSU Alumni Association’s Best Teacher Award. Other awards include the Outstanding Teacher of Horticulture Award in 1981, 1983, 1985 and 2003; and Professor Pi Alpha Xi of the Year in 2003.

For more information on this year’s winners, please see our 2022 winners. Photographs of the winners and additional information about the awards program are available upon request by contacting Katherine Somerville at [email protected] or by calling ( 703) 768-5700, ext. 121.

Founded in 1922, the American Horticultural Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to modeling, educating, and promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable gardening practices. Our mission is to share with all Americans the essential role of plants, gardens, and green spaces in creating healthy, livable communities and a sustainable planet. To learn more, visit

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