“Every Garden Tells a Story” is the theme this year for Plantasia, Western New York’s great garden and landscape show presented by PLANT WNY.
This year the children’s garden will be coordinated by the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, who do such a great job with their indoor Wegmans Family Garden and outdoor Children’s Garden.
The event kicks off with a Preview Night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22.
The event will be held in the Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg.
Plantasia will include:
• Theme gardens 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 given every day by Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals and garden experts. There will be an extensive variety of topics and demonstrations. Bring your questions!
• Vendors will be located in two buildings where you can shop for garden accessories and services. Choose from a wide selection of plants and garden equipment, tools and unique ornaments.
• The Children’s Discovery Garden is an activity center with play areas and educational events every day.
• Special events include nightly entertainment, live broadcasts, a balloon artist, the Easter Bunny and more.
Schichtel named CNLP of Year in New York State
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.
- 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.
WNYSNLA is now known as PLANT WNY
The 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.
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.
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