Ernest was probably the most well known global consultant in the garden centre sector, having planned leading and innovative garden centres in the USA and Europe since the 1960s.
As a landscape architect in the fifties Ernest designed his first retail plant nursery for Jack Schneider. The term garden centre didn’t exist before Orchard Nursery was designed and developed. In 1958 Ernest influenced the whole industry by predicting that plants would sell better and last longer if they were sold in containers rather than bare root or rootballed.
John Herbert, EDRA/GHIN General Secretary said: “Ernest was a truly remarkable person and when you read his book “Chasing Spring” it is simply amazing to see how positive he was considering the destruction of his family by the Nazi’s.
I remember asking Ernest if he still felt he was German. He looked at me, paused and said… “but John, I am an American!” Ernest was an inspiration to all whom he came in contact with. Even at 98 years of age Ernest talked about the what we do for the future!”