2012 Partner Award Winners Announced

July 4th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the 2012 Partner award winners. The awards were given out at the annual meeting for Demonstration Gardens on June 6 at Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Individual Partner Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Plant Select® through their involvement, participation or actions. The 2012 Individual Partner Award winner is Harlan Hamernik of HH Wild Plums (Clarkson, Nebraska), specializing in the production of hardy, adapted woody plants of long-season interest for the Great Plains.

The Organizational Partner Award recognizes a company or organization which has made a significant contribution toward the mission and vision of Plant Select®.The 2012 Organizational Partner Award winner is Bluebird Nursery, growers of perennials, herbs, grasses and wildflowers in Clarkson, Nebraska. Bluebird Nursery was one of the founding members of Plant Select® and carries a wide range of plants from the program.

Monarch Spur

The Showcase Garden Award acknowledges the efforts and achievements of a public garden toward education and promotion of the mission and goals of Plant Select®. The 2012 Showcase Garden Award winner is Monarch Spur Park in Salida, Colorado.

Montrose Botanic (2)The Golden Shovel Award acknowledges a Demonstration Garden partner exhibiting superior design and use of Plant Select® plants while providing excellent educational opportunities to visitors. The 2012 Golden shovel award winner is the Montrose Botanic Gardens in Montrose, Colorado.

Past winners include:

Individual Partners

  • Al Gerace
  • Gene Pielin
  • Harriett McMillan
  • Andrew Pierce
  • Jim Henrich
  • Gayle Weinstein
  • Panayoti Kelaidis
  • Jim Klett
  • Gary Epstein
  • David Winger

Organizational Partners

  • Little Valley Wholesale Nursery
  • Welby Gardens, Denver
  • Gulley Greenhouse, Fort Collins
  • Denver Master Gardeners, Denver

Showcase Demonstration Gardens Award

  • CSU Extension- Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado
  • CSU Extension – Adams County, Brighton, Colorado
  • Natrona County Agricultural & Resource Learning Center, Casper, Wyoming
  • Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Conservation Gardens at Northern Water, Berthoud, Colorado
  • Colorado State University Annual Flower Trial Garden, Fort Collins Colorado
  • Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado
  • Gardens at Kendrick Lake, City of Lakewood, Colorado
  • Broomfield Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, Broomfield, Colorado
  • Denver City & County Building Water Conservation Garden, Denver, Colorado
  • The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor, Westminster, Colorado
  • SE Colorado Water Conservancy District, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Carnegie Public Demonstration Garden, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 Golden Shovel Award

  • Conservation Gardens at Northern Water, Berthoud, Colorado
  • Gardens at Kendrick Lake, City of Lakewood
  • Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Garden, Colorado Springs