The NCNLA Board of Directors recognizes top individuals and businesses throughout North Carolina's green industry with its Industry Awards program. Each year we honor and celebrate their contributions to our great industry during the organization's flagship event, Green & Growin'.

Do you know people whose contributions to the industry deserve recognition?
If so, please 
nominate someone for an NCNLA award using this form: 

NCNLA Industry Awards Nomination Form 

Read more about current (and past) award winners below…


Jerry Ragland Young Landscape Professional Award
 
Established in 1999, the Jerry Ragland Young Landscape Professional Award recognizes an outstanding young person in the landscape business.
 
2016 Winner: Kurt Bland of Bland Landscaping
 

Past Jerry Ragland Award Winners:
 

2015 - No award given

2014 - Michael Hardin

2013 - Tracy Sides

2012 - No award given

2011 - Edward Snyder

2010 - No award given

2009 - No award given

2008 - Daniel Currin

2007 - Raymond Turner

2006 - Gail Ingram

 

Oakland Award
 
Established in 1978 by Oakland Plantation, the Oakland Award is given to individuals for outstanding service to the landscape industry.
 
2016 Winner: Paige Moody of Arbor Enterprises
 

Past Oakland Award Winners:

2015 - Connie Hoyes

2014 - David McDowell 

2013 - Danny VanDevender

2012 - Scott Makey

2011 - Ab Parker

2010 - Wayne Holden

2009 - Andy White

2008 - Raymond Coulter

2007 - John Ross

2006 - Bill Osbourne


Kim Powell Outstanding Contribution to the Horticulture Industry
Established in 2004, the Kim Powell Award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to the Association and industry; specifically involvement in program development and execution.
 
2016 Winner: Justin Synder, Allamance Community College
 

Past Kim Powell Award Winners:

2015 - Barb Fair

2014 - Denny Werner

2013 - Tom Ranney

2012 - Joe Neal

2011 - Danny Lauderdale

2010 - Ted Bilderback

2009 - Craig Adkins

2008 - Bryce Lane

2007 - David Barkley

2006 - Ronald Dollyhite


Bill Wilder Outstanding Young Nursery Professional Award
 
Established in 1994, and named for the long-time Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen, the Bill Wilder Award recognizes qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and offers inspiration for others starting out in the field. Candidates must have a very strong industry leadership record.
 
2016 Winner: Hunter Casey of Casey Nursery
 

Past Bill Wilder Award Winners:

2015 - John Clark

2014 - Trey Warrick 

2013 - Jeff Allegood

2012 - Danielle Stephenson

2011 - Daniel Casey

2010 - William Westbrook

2009 - Shanon Spivey

2008 - Bill Jones

2007 - Scott Sink

2006 - Brad Rollins


Libby Wilder Award
 
Established in 1999, and named for long-time organizer extraordinaire for the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen, the Libby Wilder Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the nursery industry by a female.
 
2016 Winner: Amanda Taylor, NC Cooperative Extension Specialist
 

Past Libby Wilder Award Winners:

2015 - Donna Williams

2014 - Amie Newsome 

2013 - Ruth Currin

2012 - Larue Powell

2011 - Tiffany Wells

2010 - Cyndi Lauderdale

2009 - Nelsa Cox

2008 - Phil Campbell

2007 - Bertie Neeley

2006 - Sharon Hopper


D.S. Copeland Award
 
Established in 1972, and named for the founder of Apex Nurseries, the D.S. Copeland Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the nursery industry by a candidate working directly in the nursery industry – educators and allied industry members are not eligible.
 
2016 Winner: David Goodson of Goodson & Associates
 

Past D.S. Copeland Award Winners:

2015 - Dennis Niemeyer

2014 - David Edwards 

2013 - Tod Williams

2012 - Jeff Gragg

2011 - Doug Chapman

2010 - Mark Peters

2009 - Mike Proctor

2008 - Skip Warrick

2007 - Willie Allison

2006 - Ronnie Gragg


Grower of the Year
 
Established in 1994, NCNLA’s Grower of the Year is an individual exhibiting a high level of professionalism in the management or ownership of a field or container nursery in North Carolina — or other states where that operation may be located. In addition, he or she exhibits leadership in the nursery industry through participation in local, regional, state and national organizations.
 
2016 Winner: C&G Nursery (Doug and Jane Clark)
 

Past Grower of the Year Award Winners:

2015 - Jericho Farms

2014 - Nelson Nursery

2013 - Panther Creek Nursery

2012 - Hawksridge Farms

2011 - Hoffman Nursery

2010 - Plantworks Nursery

2009 - No award given

2008 - Panoramic Farm

2007 - Hefner's Nursery

2006 - Worthington Farms