The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized 33 grounds management programs for excellence in the Society’s 2010 Green Star Awards Competition. The 38th annual awards were announced during the Society’s 2010 School of Grounds Management that took place Oct. 27-30 held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky. For a full list of winners please visit www.pgms.org/2010GreenStarWinners.htm.
This awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. The Green Star competition complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction.
This year’s program acknowledged the nation’s top grounds in settings ranging from hospitals and institutions to athletic fields. Overall, PGMS presented seven Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 14 Honor Awards and 12 Merit Awards in 13 categories of competition.
Two of the total award winners were in the Residential Landscape category. A Private Residence in Northern Virginia in Leesburg, Va. and the Friezo Residence in New Hope, Pa. took home honor and merit awards, respectively.
In the Hospital or Institution category, two sites were recognized with Grand Awards—Smithsonian Gardens in Washington, D.C. and The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Also in this category, an Honor Award was given to Maple Knoll Village in Reading, Ohio. Merit Awards were presented to Concord Hospital Grounds Department in Concord, N.H. and Wellstar Health System Grounds Department in Austell, Ga.
UNC-TV Bryan Communications Center in Durham, N.C. took home a Merit Award in the Government Building or Complex category.
2010 Green Star Awards
An Honor Award in the Cemetery or Memorial Park category was presented to Jacob’s Dream at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
Two awards were presented in the Industrial, Commercial Site or Office Park category. Progressive in Mayfield Village, Ohio received an Honor Award and River Creek in Leesburg, Va. took home a Merit Award.
PGMS presented a Grand Award to Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. in the Park, Recreation Area or Playground category and an Honor Award to Bonita Bay Butterfly Garden in Bonita Springs, Fla.
Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Fla. took home an Honor Award in the Condominium or Apartment Complex category.
In the category of Hotel, Motel or Resort, the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. took home an Honor Award and the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, Ga. received a Merit Award.
The only winner in the Amusement Park, Theme Park or Zoo category, The Disneyland Resort-Rivers of America in Anaheim, Calif., was the recipient of a Grand Award.
Two award winners were announced in the Athletic Fields category. UGL Unicco/University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. received a Grand Award and The College of Wooster-Andrew Turf Field in Wooster, Ohio, took home a Merit Award.
In the Golf Course category, a Merit Award was presented to Stone Mountain Golf Club by Marriott in Stone Mountain, Ga.
PGMS recognized several institutions in the University and College Grounds Category. Penn State University-University Park earned a Grand Award. Honor Awards were given to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa. Earning Merit Awards in this category were Texas Tech University-Arbor Day Annual Event in Lubbock, the University of Pittsburgh in Pa., and Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
2010 Green Star Awards
In the last category, Urban University Grounds, Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y. took home a Grand Award. Honor Award winners were Columbia University in New York City, Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. and the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario Canada. The College of Wooster-Gault Manor was honored with a Merit Award.