NYSNLA Celebrates Members, Industry at State Fair Ceremony

Every year at the Court of Honor Garden within the John Deere Horticulture Building on the first day of the New York State Fair NYSNLA gathers to honor membrs that have gone to great lengths to serve, promote and excel the Horticulture Industry throughout the State of New York.

This year, NYSNLA is proud to recognize its three award winners listed below:

CNLP of the Year- Sally Cunningham, CNLP

George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture- Ed Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP

Hall of Fame- Donna W. Moramarco, CNLP

25 Year Partnership- The Flander's Group

Sally Cunningham, CNLP - CNLP of the Year

This honor is given to the CNLP who has shown extraordinary commitment to the Green industry, their family, their community, and the betterment of others through the Certified Nursery &Landscape Professional Program. Sally has donated a great deal of time and effort to the CNLP program and the green industry in general. She has maintained her CNLP designation for seven years, and has contributed greatly to the outreach and education of the program, and the Horticulture Industry. Sally has authored and co-authored many great works about the landscape industry and gardening, as well as serve as Editor of the CNLP Training Manual. She currently directs education and consults at Lockwood's Greenhouses in Hamburg, NY, and is the co-founder and Executive Director of Buffalo's National Garden Festival that is completing its fourth year.

Ed Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP-George L. Good Gold Medal Award

This special award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to horticulture in the State of New York. Ed has been the leading contributor to the Horticulture Industry in the State of New York for over forty years, and has set the standard for quality leadership and for going above and beyond in providing service and recognition to this industry. He is also the first person to win all three awards given out by this Association, another illustration of his impact and the extent of his service to the industry as a whole.

Donna Moramarco, CNLP-Hall of Fame Inductee

This recognition is given to a long standing member, educator, scientist or writer for their impressive achievements in advancing the nursery, horticulture or landscape industry and bettering the lives of their fellow green industry professionals. Donna first organized the NYSNLA's Leadership Forum in 2009, which has continued to grow every year under her guidance and leadership. She has also worked tirelessly to establish a working relationship between this Association and Cornell University; which has given us access to the valuable resources available at Cornell including working with their faculty, using their buildings for meetings and forums, and working with their Horticulture School to provide greater education and opportunity to the students enrolled there. Because of Donna's effort and hard work, NYSNLA is now establishing this working relationship with other Horticultural Colleges around this state.

The Flander's Group-Recognition of 25 Years

NYSNLA acknowledged its 25 year partnership with The Flander's Group with a special award. Accepting the award was Valerie Webster, Senior Vice President of Flander's Group. In recognition of this milestone, past presidents joined The Flanders Group in celebrating this long-standing relationship.