A special award given by the MNLA President in appreciation for dedication and outstanding service within the association on behalf of the nursery and landscape industry.
2019 Philip Boucher, MCH — Elysian Garden Design
2017 Christopher O’Brien, MCH — Howard Designs
2016 Northeast Nursery, Inc.
2015 Timothy Hay, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
2014 Michelle Harvey, MCH — Lakeview Nurseries, Inc.
2013 Henry Gillet — HSG Associates
2012 Cheryl Salatino, MCH — Dancing Shadows Garden Designs
2011 Karen Howard, MCH — Howard Designs
2010 Rena M. Sumner — MNLA Executive Director
2010 Jeffrey Willman, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
2007 Mark Ahronian, MCH — Ahronian Landscape & Design, Inc.
2006 R . Wayne Mezitt, MCH — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
2006 Patricia Bigelow, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries
2005 Karen Howard, MCH — Howard Designs
2004 Mark Sawyer, MCH — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
2003 Phillip Boucher, MCH — Tranquil Lake Nursery
2002 Christopher Kennedy, MCH — Kennedy’s Country Gardens, Inc.
2001 Tom Strangfeld, MNLA Past President — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
2000 Kevin Hollister, MCH — Hilltop Horticulture
1999 Mark Sawyer, MCH — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
The Young Nursery Professional of the Year is an annual award established by the New England Nursery Association. Its purpose is to reward, to honor and to encourage participation, achievement and growth by an individual who is involved in a related horticultural industry and has not reached the age of 40 years, who has shown involvement in his or her state and/or regional nursery association, who have contributed to the growth and success of their company of employment and who has portrayed an image to the public of what our products and services can do for them.
2020 Corrine Jean, MCH — Wisteria & Rose
2017 Steve Davis, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries
2014 Jeffrey Meola, MCH — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
2013 David Ahronian, MCH — Ahronian Landscape & Design, Inc.
2012 Aime Jakubowitz Sund, MCH — Wheat Landscape Gardening and Design
2011 Kenneth Roth, MCH — Northeast Nursery, Inc.
2010 Joseph Sokol — Fourth Generation Nurseries, Inc.
2008 Geoff Uva, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
2007 Richard Bursch, MCH — Lakeview Nurseries
2006 Christopher Kennedy, MCH — Kennedy’s Country Gardens, Inc.
2005 Kelly Perry, MCH — Sylvan Nursery, Inc.
2004 Jim Stucchi, MCH — Ahronian Landscape and Design
2003 Tim Hay, MCH — Bigelow Nuseries, Inc.
2002 Skott Rebello, MCH — Harborside P .S.
2001 Michael Maneri, MCH — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
2000 Mark Sawyer, MCH — Weston Nurseries, Inc.
1999 Steve Radzik, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
1998 Jeff Willman, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
1997 Michelle Harvey, MCH — Lakeview Nurseries
1996 Joshua Wright, MCH — Garden Craft, Inc.
1995 Mark Ahronian, MCH — Ahronian Landscaping & Design, Inc.
1994 Ralph Peckham — Lovell’s Nursery & Garden Center
1993 Greg Georgaklis, MCH — Gold Star Wholesale Nursery
1992 Charles H MacKinnon, MCH — Bigelow Nurseries, Inc.
1991 Phil Barber — Tarnow Nursery
1990 Peter Quinlan — Quinlans Nursery
1989 Jim McBratney, MCH — Sylvan Nursery, Inc.
The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc. is dedicated to helping the citizens of the Commonwealth, plan, develop and maintain the private and public landscapes of Massachusetts. It has always been our goal to provide this service to the public in a manner consistent with sound environmental practices. We recognize that a partnership with the governmental, educational and environmental communities is the most effective way to achieve that goal. The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association’s Environmental Leadership Award established in recognizes individuals who have consistently provided informed leadership in dealing with complex environmental issues.
2022 Ed Bemis, MCH, Bemis Farms Nursery
2021 Senator Karen E. Spilka
2019 Representative Robert DeLeo
2018 Governor, Charles Baker
2017 Commissioner, John Lebeaux, MCH
2016 Representative John Scibak
2015 Representative Paul A. Schmid, III
2014 Senator Jennifer Flanagan
2013 Representative Christopher Markey
2012 Representative John Fernandes
2011 Representative Carolyn Dykema
2010 Representative Sarah Peake Commissioner, Scott Soares, MA Department of Agricultural Resources
2009 Senator Michael Knapik Representative Anne Gobi
2008 Representative Frank I. Smizik Assistant Attorney General, Robert W. Ritchie
2007 Senator Pamela Resor Representative Vinny deMacedo
2006 Representative Daniel Bosley / Brad Mitchell, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
2005 Attorney General Thomas Riley
2004 Senator Therese Murray / Representative Anthony Verga / Representative Edward Connolly
2003 Senator Bruce Tarr / Representative Michael Rodrigues / Dr. Allen Barker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2002 Senator Stanley Rosenberg / Representative John Quinn / Gerald Peters, Norfolk Agricultural High School
2001 Senator Stephen Brewer / Representative George Peterson / Dr. Daniel Plourde, Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative
2000 Senator Robert Antonioni / Representative William Straus / Deborah Swanson, UMass Extension Plymouth
1999 Senator Susan Fargo / Representative Steve Kulik / Ron Kujawski, UMass Extension Educator
1998 Senator Robert Durand / Representative Barbara Gardner / Kathleen Carroll, UMass Extension Amherst
Plant Something MA is a project of MNLA which includes professional environmental horticulturists—people who grow, care for, design and install plantings and landscapes in your community.
Growing Wild helps reverse the loss of biological diversity, foster and protect endangered species and add to the natural beauty of our Commonwealth—right in your own backyard.
MNLA provides access to green industry speakers on the cutting-edge and up-to-date information. Our dynamic community is made up of folks from all walks of life. Colleagues share advice and insights. Passion for the betterment of our community drives member participation in MNLA. Individual contribution is valued. Get involved! Join a committee or volunteer at an event. Make our industry—and your business—better!