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Applications due June 15 for scholarships

PLANT WNY logoThe Western New York Nurseryman’s Association Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for fall 2015.

The scholarships are available to full-time college students enrolled in a degree program and permanently residing in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans or Wyoming Counties or to high school students who will be furthering their education in horticulture.

Applications must be received before June 15 and must be typed. PDF applications are found on the website and Word applications can be emailed upon request.  For more information, call (716) 741-8047 or email membership@plantwny.com.

The scholarships are:

Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship (available to a high school senior only)

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 for the Toby Martino Memorial Scholarship.

George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship 

The George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship is named after garden industry leaders through the 1950s 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. Students will apply with one application for both the George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship as well as the Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship.

Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship

The Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship is named after Fred Howarth, a very active member of Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association. Fred was a president of the Association (1968), recipient of the Man of the Year Award (1975) and one of the founders of the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation.  Fred was former owner and president of Menne Nursery. Students will apply with one application for both the George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship as well as the Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship.

The Western New York Nurseryman’s Association Foundation is the foundation of PLANT WNY, a not-for-profit corporation of green industry professionals.  PLANT WNY stands for Professional Landscape And Nursery Trades Western New York.

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Awards presented on ‘Every Garden Tells a Story’ theme

Menne winner at Plantasia 2015

A waterfall drew attention in the garden built by Menne Nursery Garden Artistry. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Visitors to Plantasia, Western New York’s garden and landscape show, loved the full-scale gardens built inside the Fairgrounds. The event, held March 18-22, is presented by PLANT WNY.

The theme for 2015 was “Every Garden Tells a Story.”

Here are the award winners:

  • Overall Best of Show:     Niagara County Community College Horticulture Program &
    McKinley Continuing Education
  • Best Garden (Large):   Menne Nursery Garden Artistry
  • Best Garden (Small): Beyond the Basics
  • Best use of Plant Material  (Large Garden):   Menne Nursery Garden Artistry
  • Best use of Plant Material  (Small Garden): Beyond the Basics
  • Best use of Segmented Units Hardscapes (Large Garden):  Restorff’s Landscape Service
  • Best use of Segmented Units Hardscapes (Small Garden):  Nature’s Design
  • Best use of Free Form (Large Garden):  Chevalier Outdoor Living  &  Buffalo Tree House LLC
  • Best use of Water  (Large Garden):  A Growing Business, Inc.
  • Best use of Water (Small Garden):  Nature’s Design
  • Best use of Color:  Menne Nursery Garden Artistry
  • Best Vendor Green:   Vermont Nature Creations
  • Best Vendor Equipment/Hardscapes: Ripple Pottery
  • Guest Director’s Choice Award:  Menne Nursery Garden Artistry
  • People’s Choice Award:  Menne Nursery Garden Artistry

 

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Nurserymen’s Foundation awards two scholarships

The  foundation of PLANT WNY, the WNY Nurserymen’s Association Foundation, has awarded scholarships to two students.

Kristin Colvin, a student at Niagara County Community College (NCCC), has been awarded the George O. Adams & Kenneth E. Isaac Memorial Scholarship.

Maureen Daley, also an NCCC student, has been awarded the Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship.

The George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac Scholarship is named after garden industry leaders through the 1950’s and 1960’s.  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 WNYSNLA. George O. Adam’s family continues to support the scholarship fund each year in memory of George O. Adams and Kenneth E. Isaac.

The Fred Howarth Memorial Scholarship is recently named by the Foundation trustees in memory of Fred Howarth. Fred was former owner and president of Menne Nursery and one of the founders of the WNY Nurseryman’s Association Foundation. Fred was also a very active member of WNYSNLA, a past president (1968) and 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 June 15, 2015 for the fall 2015 semester and Oct. 15, 2015 for the spring 2016 semester. Please contact Joyce at (716) 741-8047 for more information.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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