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Schichtel named CNLP of Year in New York State

Kim Schichtel. Photo courtesy New York State Nursery and Landscape Association

Kim Schichtel. Photo courtesy New York State Nursery and Landscape Association

Kim Schichtel, an active member and board officer of PLANT WNY, was named Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP) of the Year for New York State.

The award was presented in August by the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association (NYSNLA) at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

Ms. Schichtel was nominated by her fellow PLANT WNY board members, who call her “dependable,” “honest,” and their “number one go-to person.”

She has maintained her CNLP status for more than 12 years and has demonstrated an extraordinary level of dedication to providing continuing education opportunities to others.

Ms. Schichtel has been involved for many years in PLANT WNY’s Plantasia show. In 2015, she will serve her second term as president of PLANT WNY.

Ms. Schichtel is the garden center manager at Murray Brothers Nursery in Orchard Park.

NSYNLA’s Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional program provides special recognition for individuals who demonstrate a high level of competence in the principles and practices of the industry and commitment to ongoing professional education. To maintain their certification, CNLPs must meet minimum continuing education requirements every three years.

The CNLP of the Year is an individual who helps enhance public perception of the value of the industry and the CNLP program through extra effort and service to their profession and their community.



Fall scholarship winners announced

The Western New York State Nurserymen’s Association Foundation, the foundation of PLANT WNY,  has announced its 2014 fall scholarship recipients.

They are:

  • Aaron Lilly – Niagara County Community College. He received the Western New York State Nurserymen’s Association Foundation, Inc. Scholarship.
  • Nathan Gowan – Cornell University.  He received the George O. Adams & Kenneth E. Isaac Memorial Scholarship.
  • Sara Johnson – Niagara County Community College.  She received the Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship, named for Fred Howarth, former owner and president of Menne Nursery and one of the founders of the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation. He was also a very active member of WNYSNLA, a past president (1968), recipient of the Man of the Year Award (1975).

Applications to apply for a scholarship and are accepted twice a year – fall and spring.  Applications are due October 15, 2014 for the spring 2015 semester.


Scholarship applications being accepted for spring 2015

The WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships for the spring 2015 semester.

Applications must be received before October 15, 2014.

The scholarships are for full-time students enrolled in degree program and permanently residing within the boundaries of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. (Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming Counties) or high school students who will be furthering their education in horticulture.

The Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who has a passion for horticulture and leadership skills just as Mr. Martino had. Mr. Martino taught horticulture at McKinley High School from 1935-1971 and wrote a weekly column in the Buffalo News. The scholarship is available to a high school senior who will be furthering their education in horticulture or a related field. Get the application here.

Students can use one application to apply for both the George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship and the WNY State Nurserymen’s Association Foundation Scholarship. Get the application here.

George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship is named after garden industry leaders through the 1950’s and 1960s. Together George and Kenneth started Buffalo Garden Supply in 1953 and operated very successfully until they sold it and retired in 1965. Kenneth Isaac was the first Man of the Year recipient of the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association. George O. Adam’s family continues to support the scholarship fund each year in memory of George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac.

For more information, go to the website, call 716-741-8047 or email


WNYSNLA is now known as PLANT WNY

PLANT WNY logoThe Western New York  State Nursery and Landscape Association, a not-for-profit corporation of green industry professionals, has changed its name to Professional Landscape And Nursery Trades Western New York. For short, you can call it PLANT WNY.

PLANT WNY includes teachers, nurseries, garden centers, growers, landscape architects, landscapers, tree care firms and lawn care firms.

It funds the Western New York State Nurserymen’s Foundation, which makes scholarships available to college students who show promise and interest in the industry. The foundation supports all educational activities held by the association throughout the year.

Find a nursery and landscape professional.


Plantasia set for March 18 to 22, 2015

“Every Garden Tells a Story” will be the theme of Plantasia 2015 at the  Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

It will kick off with a Preview Night from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and continue 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.

Theme gardens, fully landscaped, will cover 15,000 square feet with blooming trees, shrubs, flowers, water gardens, patios and more in a breathtaking spring display. Free education seminars will be held every day.
You can shop for garden merchandise, enjoy a children’s garden and enjoy special events.


PLANT WNY members receive awards

Ed Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP, Dore Landscape Associates –  Ed received a Travel & Tourism Beacon Award from Visit Buffalo Niagara for his work with PLANT WNY, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens  and Re-Tree WNY.

Kathryn O’Donnell, Botanicus Interior Landscaping – Kathryn received the Platinum Award from Green Plants for Green Buildings.

The following PLANT WNY member firms will be receiving an Environmental Beautification Award from the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association in October:

  • Night Lighting Category - Luminated Landscapes for “Wind Project”
  • Garden Structures (over $25,000) Category – The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping for “Engel Residence Fireplace Patio”
  • Commercial (under $25,000) Category – Jacrist Gardening Services Inc.  for “Washburn Community  Garden”




Landscape and Plantasia awards announced

PLANT WNY honored local landscapers for their work in the community as well as their displays at Plantasia.

The 2013 Landscape Awards were given for work done in the community. The winning landscapers and the project that they received the award for are:

Commercial: Dore Landscape Associates, Inc – Niagara County Produce

Residential over $10,000: Beautiful River Landscape Design – The Pailler Residence

Residential under $10,000: Jacrist Gardening Services, Inc. – The Keller Residence

Hardscapes over $10,000: The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping, Inc. – The Engel Residence


Awards were given for displays at Plantasia. 2014 award recipients:

Overall Best of Show:   The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping

Best Garden (Large):    A Growing Business, Inc.

Best Garden (Small):  The English Gardener

Best use of Plant Material  (Large):   Menne Nursery Garden Artistry

Best use of Plant Material  (Small ):   Niagara County Community College Horticulture Program  and  McKinley Continuing Education

Best use of Hardscapes (Large):  Chevalier Outdoor Living and Buffalo Tree House LLC

Best use of Hardscapes  (Small):  Nature’s Design

Best use of Water   (Large):  Chevalier Outdoor Living and Buffalo Tree House LLC

Best use of Water (Small):   Todd Fitzer’s Timberline Hardscapes, LLC

Best use of Color:   Menne Nursery Garden Artistry

Best Vendor Green:    Lockwood’s Greenhouses

Best Vendor Equipment/Hardscapes:  A Growing Business, Inc.

Guest Director’s Choice Award:   Beautiful River Landscape Design, Inc.

People’s Choice Award:  Chevalier Outdoor Living and Buffalo Tree House LLC




2 Responses to PLANT WNY

  1. Madeline on February 2, 2014 at 9:05 am

    What is involved to come to Trade Show & Education Conference on Friday, Feb. 7th at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. what time? How much does it cost? Will there be a dinner?

    Thanks for your info.

    Madeline Reigh

  2. Connie on February 2, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the question. This event is listed on our Events page and there is a link there for more details. Or, this link takes you to a different page on the PLANT WNY site. If you still have more questions, you can contact PLANT WNY– Follow the link to their site for their contact info. Hope that helps.

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