During the Perennial Plant Association’s (PPA) 2019 National Symposium, eight distinguished perennial professionals were recognized for their contributions and influences to the Perennial Plant Association and the herbaceous perennial plant industry. Seven special recognition awards were announced for the first time to the public July 30, 2019 during the awards reception at the 2019 National Symposium in Rosemont, IL. Anna Ball was presented with the highest award of the Perennial Plant Association as the recipient of the Award of Merit, following an evening in the gardens at Ball Horticultural on Thursday Aug. 1.
The Academic Award is given each year to recognize a PPA member who provides exceptional leadership in education to our industry. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Jared Barnes from Stephen F. Austin State University.
The Garden Media Promoter award distinguishes a nominee representing media such as radio, television, newspaper, book publishing, magazine, photography, etc., whose educational and promotional efforts result in heightened public awareness of the work done by the perennial plant industry. This year’s award recipient is Leslie Halleck with Halleck Horticultural, LLC.
The Retail Sales Award is presented to a PPA member in recognition of being a commercial representative instrumental in making an operation progressive and successful in outstanding sales and service. The 2019 award recipient is Chalet Nursery from Willmett, IL.
The Young Professional Award may be given to a PPA member to recognize and honor, and to encourage participation, achievement and growth of an individual in the industry who is a talented and diligent newcomer. The award is given to a PPA member who has shown involvement in the PPA, who has contributed to the success of that member’s company, and who has portrayed a positive image of the industry to the public. Katharina Kreß Wallace is the recipient of the 2019 Young Professional Award.
The Grower Award is presented to a PPA member in recognition of being a grower who holds high standards of production, maintains high quality plants, and seeks innovation while respecting the requirements of the perennial industry. This year’s award recipient is Midwest Groundcovers from St. Charles, IL.
The International Contributor Award may be given to a candidate who conducts business and resides in a country other than the United States and Canada. The award recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to the herbaceous perennial industry in the international arena. The 2019 International Contributor Award winner is Nigel Dunnett of The University of Sheffield.
The Service Award acknowledges a PPA member for outstanding service to the Perennial Plant Association. The award goes to a member who has contributed considerable time and effort by serving on committees, attending meetings, motivating the membership to act on concerns within our industry, and demonstrating leadership and organizational skills. This years’ service award winner is Dr. David Sanford of Penn State University.
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