2014 Partner Award Winners Announced

October 9th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Partner award winners. The awards were given out at the annual meeting for Demonstration Gardens on October 8 at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Mikl Brawner (Harlequin’s) presents the Individual Partner Award to Scott Skogerboe.

The Individual Partner Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Plant Select® through their involvement, participation or actions. There are two Individual Partner Award winners for 2014. The first, Scott Skogerboe, of Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery, a man who has dedicated years of exploring the Cheyenne Experimental Station to bring forward several Plant Select®  winners and is always on the lookout for plants that are successful and beautiful here in the west.

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Harriett McMillan (Echter’s GC) presents the Individual Partner Award to Diana Reavis.

Diana Reavis is a wholesale plant broker with Eason Horticultural Services and has been a very active participant in the Plant Select® program for over a decade.  She promotes Plant Select® to all of her customers as well as to public gardens she visits on her travels around the region.

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Gene Peilin (Gulley GC) presents the Organizational Partner Award to Frank Yantorno.

The Organizational Partner Award recognizes a company or organization which has made a significant contribution toward the mission and vision of Plant Select®. The 2014 Organizational Partner Award winner is Center Greenhouse of Denver.  Center Greenhouse grows wholesale pre-finished plugs and annuals, perennials, herbs, ornamental grasses and designer hanging baskets which are sold in the Colorado and Southern Wyoming markets.  They have been with Plant Select® since the beginning of the program, growing a huge variety of the plants, adopting many of them as soon as they are introduced to the program.

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Dr. Sarada Krishnan (DBG) presents the Golden Shovel Award to Sharon Moore.

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 2014 Golden shovel award winner is CSU Extension – Adams County, Brighton, Colorado.


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 2014 Showcase Garden Award recipients are:  Durango Botanical Society, Sedalia Demonstration Gardens, Yampa Botanic Park, and Horticultural Arts Society.


Past winners include:

Individual Partners

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

Organizational Partners

  • Tagawa Gardens, Centennial, Colorado
  • Bluebird Nursery, Clarkson, Nebraska
  • Little Valley Wholesale Nursery
  • Welby Gardens, Denver, Colorado
  • Gulley Greenhouse, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Denver Master Gardeners, Denver, Colorado

Showcase Demonstration Gardens Award

  • Lefthand Water District Waterwise Garden, Niwot, Colorado
  • Pueblo West Xeriscape Garden, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Monarch Spur Park, Salida, Colorado
  • 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

  • Carnegie Library Public Garden, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Montrose Botanic Gardens, Montrose, Colorado
  • Conservation Gardens at Northern Water, Berthoud, Colorado
  • Gardens at Kendrick Lake, City of Lakewood, Colorado
  • Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Garden, Colorado Springs, CO