2008 Tree Pioneer of Kansas
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Joseph J. “Joe” Brady, a World War II Navy veteran, was a connoisseur of classical music, a Boy Scout leader, and a leader in the horticultural industry in Wichita. Mr. Brady was a past president of the KS Association of Nurserymen and for 25 years was host of the popular “Gard’N’Wise” Show, a local T.V. gardening show.
Joe and Catherine Brady founded Brady’s Nursery in 1952 and were joined in the business by five of their children. They developed a 50-acre nursery containing over 150 varieties, including 30 varieties of crabapple trees. Joe introduced many tree selections to Sedgwick County, including: Japanese Tree Lilac, Lacebark Elm and American Yellowwood. Joe was the first nurseryman in the Wichita area to have a degree in horticulture from Kansas State University and was a lifelong member of the KSU Alumni Association. His tireless effort helped secure for Wichita the KSU-John C. Pair Horticulture Research Center. The many botanical accomplishments of Joe Brady remain a lasting legacy for all to enjoy.