The Plantscape Institute of America, which became part of AmericanHort in 2015 in order to expand the community of interior plantscape professionals and to consolidate programs, will have a major presence at Cultivate’16 in Columbus, OH, starting with the 2016 International Plantscape Awards.
The awards will be presented on Sunday, July 10 during Cultivate. The awards program allows interior plantscapers to connect with their peers, and to be inspired by the award-winning ideas and designs on display. Interiorscapers are encouraged to join their colleagues at the celebration dinner to recognize and celebrate excellence in the interiorscape community.
This year 63 entries were submitted by 20 participating companies, a 30% increase from last year. Each entry is judged on its own merit and not against others in the same category. The three-person judging team of distinguished plantscapers awards points based on how well the entry description and images submitted meet the published judging criteria. Acquiring 90% or more of the total number of points possible will earn a project a Platinum Award, and earning 80% to 89% of the total number of points possible will earn a project a Gold Award.
In addition to the International Plantscape Awards, the lifetime achievements of Dr. Terril Nell, Professor Emeritus University of Florida, and Janice Goodman, Cityscapes, Boston, will be recognized. Honoring their contributions to the development of the interiorscape industry, the two industry leaders will be inducted into the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame.
The AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame (formerly known as the PIA Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame) was established to honor individuals of integrity whose personal dedication provide great leadership in the development and growth of the interiorscape industry. Individuals nominated must have contributed for a minimum of 15 years to the development and permanent betterment of the interiorscape industry.
Dr. Terril A. Nell is Professor Emeritus of Floriculture at the University of Florida. He served as Chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department from 1991–2012, and he was Professor of Floriculture from 1977–2012. He retired from the University of Florida in 2011. His research program focused on the production and postharvest handling of flowering potted plants and fresh-cut flowers. He developed the University of Florida Postharvest program in 1983 that concentrated on potted plant and cut flower performance for growers, shippers, wholesale and retail florists, and interior plantscapers. His research results have led to changes in floral industry practices leading to improved flower and plant longevity. He has served as an industry consultant for growers, wholesalers, and retailers nationally and internationally for 25 years.
Janice Goodman, with 34 years of experience in the horticultural industry, is the president of Cityscapes Inc. She is in her 24th year as owner and operator of Cityscapes, and has built the business into one of the largest interior/exterior landscape companies in the New England area, and one of the 15 largest interiorscape companies in the U.S., with annual sales revenues of more than $5 million. She is a registered provider for the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and Building Owners Managers Institute, which offers educational credits and programs to the architectural industry and commercial property professionals. She has served on the Board of Directors for “Green Plants for Green Buildings,” as the chairperson of the TPIE Short Course committee, and on the Mid-Atlantic committee.