green lineWNYSNLA 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.

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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”


Scholarship applications being accepted for fall 2014, spring 2015

The WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.

Applications must be received before June 16, 2014 for the fall 2014 semester or October 15, 2014 for the spring 2015 semester.

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



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


Garden by Menne Nursery in 2013 at Plantasia

Photo courtesy PLANT WNY

Plantasia– the official sponsor of spring– set for March 20-23, 2014

pink tulips at Plantasia in 2013

Photo courtesy PLANT WNY

The Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association – now known as PLANT Western New York, have declared their annual garden and landscape show Plantasia as the Official Sponsor of Spring!

Plantasia kicks off as spring arrives March 20 through 23 at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg.

This year show attendees will experience a “Party in the Garden” as they walk through 16 different theme gardens created by local nursery and landscape professionals, filled with beautiful flowers, shrubs, ponds, water features, patios and accessories.

Chris Zeisz, marketing director, says that the theme and gardens “are intended to inspire visitors to design and create a very personal garden that reflects their uses and needs.”

Guests can enjoy an expanded Children’s Discovery Garden with numerous activities hosted by the Aurora Waldorf School. Plantasia also features free seminars given by Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals (CNLP) as well as a Garden Marketplace with over 175 vendors offering unique outdoor items and accessories.

Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and free for children 12 and under.

Over 13,000 people attended Plantasia Garden and Landscape show in 2013.

For more information about Plantasia, contact PLANT WNY at (716) 741-8047 or go to

PLANT WNY has 140 member firms throughout Western New York. In addition to being a professional organization, the association provides scholarships and funds to sponsor horticultural activities for students and groups.

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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