Honors & Awards

2020 Paul Busse
Paul Busse

Paul Busse

After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Paul G. Busse formed his own company specializing in creative outdoor living spaces. By 1984, he officially added garden railroads to his company’s repertoire, and in 1991 he formed Applied Imagination. A synthesis of Paul’s artistic abilities, this new company combined his life-long passion for model trains, landscaping, and distinctive use of plant material to develop the unique concept of “botanical architecture.”

Paul’s vision has helped transform institutions across the United States, significantly boosting attendance and appreciation for the natural world with each installation. From Paul: "I think I’ve always loved the challenge. I’ve been asked which is my favorite job, my answer is always ‘the next one.’ I’m so blessed that I’ve found a job where the bottom line is to make people happy. I’m selling happy art. It can’t be better than that."

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