For his work as a breeder of super hardy American
Hollies, Orlando S. Pride received prestigious awards during the
70's and 80's from various organizations, including:
The American Horticultural
Society for giving something to horticulture
that is "immeasurably important and different."
The American Holly Society for producing Grace Ilex Opaca Intraspecific
Cultivars that are "universally acknowledged to be the hardiest
American Hollies in commerce."
Alumni of Penn State University for
his achievements as a plant breeder and efforts to provide "rare
plants of quality to the eastern United States."
The 1976 Pennsylvania Nurseryman of the Year.
1976 Orlando Pride was named Nurseryman of the Year by the Pennsylvania
as consultant to the Shade Tree Commission of Bulter.
Orlando Pride was a charter member and past president
of the Holly Society of America, an international group; a past president
of the Great Lakes chapter of the American Rhododendron Society;
a past director of the Pennsylvania Nurserymen's Association and
former member of the American Horticultural Society, the International
Plant propagation Society and the Royal Horticultural Society of
He was frequently called up to judge flower and plant
shows in areas of expertise.
A 1928 graduate of Penn State University School of
landscape architecture, Mr. Pride formerly operated his nursery on
Weckerly Road. At the beginning of his career, unable to devote full
time to his nursery he practiced landscape architecture and planted
estates. From 1935 to 1940 he was superintendent of Raccoon Creek
State park, working with a CCC Camp; and resigned to become a landscape
architect with the General State Authority.
In 1942-44, he was a horticulturist for Beaver County
Housing Authority, and later worked on war production at American
Bantam Car. In 1948 he became superintendent of North Cemetery, with
notable collection of 70-year-old hybrid rhododendrons.