Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Sporting a foot long beard and an equally outrageous personality, Federoff's national award-winning weekly radio show has been on the air in southern California since 1988, nationwide since 1995. Based near downtown Los Angeles and heard on the Environmental Media Broadcasting Radio Network on Saturday mornings, the program is the nation’s only coast-to-coast friendly radio show.
While on his speaking circuit, the forty-something California native uses wit to catch the attention of his audience. It is this same lighthearted formula that fascinates his students as a college instructor and seminar lecturer. As the nation’s top garden expert, Federoff travels the country addressing contemporary, environmental and biological issues while providing information and ideas for the beginning and seasoned gardener.
Holding a degree in Ornamental Horticulture, Federoff is an active member of the Garden Writers Association of America and is a lifetime honorary member of the California Association of Nurserymen, International Society of Arboriculture, Southern California Turfgrass Council, Pesticide Applicators Professional Association, Fullerton Arboretum and is a Master Gardener operated by the UC Cooperative Extension.
In addition, Nick has made guest appearances on numerous local and national television programs like: ABC’s Carol & Marilyn Show, Fox Morning News, PAX TV’s Great Day America, FOX TV’s The Donny & Marie Show, Super Station KTLA, morning and evening news on: KCBS 2, KABC 7, KCAL 9, KTTV 11, KOCE plus many more. Furthermore, he was the garden writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, 27 local area newspapers and has been featured in many trade and consumer magazines including Forbes Fortune Magazine®.
Federoff has a strong entrepreneurial spirit which has catapulted him to success in many areas. A family businessman, he started his career working with his father, Bill, and brother Alex, in the construction field. They developed commercial real estate and worked under the name of A.N.B. Construction. The trio branched out to include landscape installation and weed abatement. This diversification modified their business name to include A.N.B. Industries which employed more that 60 full time employees. Nick was instrumental in building A.N.B. Industries as the largest weed abatement contractor in the United States. Armed with a Qualified Applicators License with the State of California his responsibilities included public relations and executing contracts for the County of San Bernardino, Southern Pacific Railroad, City of La Habra, City of Rubidoux and County of Orange. In addition, within the landscape installation and maintenance division, he was instrumental in job costing and administering agreements with the Federal Reserve Bank, County of Orange, Sunset State Beach, City of El Toro, City of Lake Forest, Kirk Paper, Public Storage and Carl’s Jr. Restaurants.
It soon became evident Federoff had the “gift of gab” which offered the opportunity to host a radio show on the west coast’s most powerful radio station in May 1988. The success of the show spurred off a newsletter, which later became one of the country’s leading publications called the Things Green Gardening Magazine. The subscription based monthly magazine availed Federoff to become available for speaking engagements to include media forums for Dow Chemical, Pesticide Applicators Professional Association, American Heart Association, Cal State Fullerton and other prominent organizations.
Soon after, he sold the magazine to develop a line of liquid plant foods which were sold nationwide. The sale of the magazine and plant food divisions gave way to further expand A.N.B. Public Relations and Marketing, plus enter the radio media by syndicating what is now known as America’s Most Listened to Radio Gardening Show, “Nick Federoff on Gardening” and the award winning daily short form program called the “Things Green Garden Minute.” In January of 2003 Federoff added another audio program geared for the green industry professional called “The Green Industry Talk Show.” This was the first and only program of its kind.
With Nick’s strong writing ability, he has written articles for the trade, press releases, consumer awareness and business profiling. As the Internet started to develop, so did adding customers to a growing list of clients in content and web site development. Some of which include but are not limited to: ThingsGreen.com, AdrenalineRadio.com, AdviceRadio.com, PolyFabrics.com, OilsThatWork.com, KFI640.com, KPLS.com FernSociety.org, LandscapeRadio.com, TheGreenIndustryTalkShow.com and TradeShowRadio.com.
Nick “retired” from the landscaping business in 1998 to focus on building radio programming. Other than his own radio show, he has developed 28 long and short form specialty programs hosted by experts in their respective fields. Federoff resides in the City of Whittier, CA. and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley, in June 1982. He has 3 children - all nearly grown and all boys.