AmericanHort Awards Program

International Plantscape Awards

Click here for the 2015 Award Winners

Criteria for Consideration
Designed to recognize and celebrate excellence in the interiorscape community, the awards program is open to all individuals or firms actively involved in interior plantscaping. This includes commercial enterprises with in-house horticulture departments and conservatory venues. You need not be an AmericanHort member to enter. The deadline to enter is April 1.

Entries are judged on their own merit and not against each other. Points are given to each project based on the entry information and photo documentation. Acquiring 90% or more of the total number of points possible will earn a project a Platinum Award, and earning 80-89% of the total number of points possible will earn a project a Gold Award. The judging criteria is available as part of the entry form and as a link below with the entry category descriptions.

The awards program is a learning opportunity designed to enhance your company’s ability to promote and market itself through great visuals and storytelling. Take advantage of our mentors.

Recognition
  • Recognition at Cultivate at the International Plantscape Awards Celebration. Details coming soon.
  • Permanent listing on the website as an award winner.
  • Professionally-produced award plaque (additional copies may be ordered for your offices and customers).
  • Press release announcing the winners to industry publications. 

Procedures for Nomination 

Entries are judged by photos and project descriptions. Each entry must include a completed Entry Form. If you have a confidentiality agreement with your client, please do not use the client’s name anywhere in your entry and please re-name with a title acceptable for public use. Please do not submit testimonials or letters of recognition if they reveal the entrant company name, they will be discarded.


Dates and Categories

  • Categories whose installation must have been completed during the past year (May 2015 to April 2016) are Special Event and Holiday; Silk, Replica and Preserved; Horticultural Service; and Technician Recognition.
  • Categories whose installation may have been completed during the past two years (May 2014 to April 2016) are: Design; Installation; Major Renovation; Atrium and Conservatory; Living Wall; and Patio, Balcony and Roof Garden.
  • A single project may be entered in multiple categories when appropriate. If the same project is entered in more than one category a separate entry form and fee must be submitted.
  • Projects that have previously received an International Plantscape Award may not be re-entered in the same category.

Photos

  • Photos must be numbered 1-10 in the order you wish the judges to view them (eg: BeautifulAtrium1, Beautiful Atrium2,…). Any photo not accompanied by a written description will be eliminated from judging.
  • Do not identify yourself or your company in the pictures or your written description. Identifying yourself or your company in photos or the written description will result in disqualification of the project. Photo file specifications: (a) a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of ten (10) digital photos in tif or jpeg format at no larger than 5mb. This might require you to resize your photos. Two (2) of the ten (10) photos may be combined before & after shots, side by side comparisons, or multiple angle shots of the project. (b) A copy of the photo you would like to appear on your plaque should your project win an award.

Judging and Awards

  • Judging is conducted by a panel of three distinguished plantscapers. The judges do not know the identity of entrants until after the judging is completed. Identity of the judges will be released after the judging has occurred.
  • Platinum and Gold awards are given. Entries are not judged against each other. Points are awarded based on how well the entry description and images submitted met the published judging criteria. A Platinum Awards is achieved by earning 90%+ of the total judging criteria points.
  • A Gold Award is achieved with 80-89% of the total judging criteria points. Any entry that tallies up to an average 79.55 or higher will be rounded up to 80 for a Gold Award. A score of 89.55 or higher is rounded to a Platinum Award. If the judges consider one project to have merit considerably greater than that of any other project, they may choose to bestow a special Diamond Award on that project. Only one Diamond Award is bestowed annually.

Click here to view the categories and judging criteria, and to submit your entry.



AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame

Criteria for Consideration
Formerly known as the PIA Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame, the award was established to honor individuals of integrity whose personal dedication provided great leadership in the development and growth of the interiorscape industry. Individuals nominated must have contributed their leadership and organizational skills for a minimum of 15 years to the development and permanent betterment of the interiorscape industry. A person may be nominated regardless of state of residence or business location. 
 
Recognition
  • Complimentary lifetime AmericanHort Individual Membership with all benefits provided at that level.
  • Recognition during Cultivate at one of the general sessions or the Interior Plantscape Awards Celebration with award/plaque of recognition.
  • Name on plaque displayed at AmericanHort headquarters in Columbus. 
·         Permanent listing on the website. 

·         Name badge ribbon provided to wear at AmericanHort events. 

 
Procedures for Nomination
  • Selection is made by a temporary Hall of Fame Award Committee, consisting of 5 members including the interior plantscape community coordinator and four former inductees. 
  • Nomination deadline is October 1.
  • Nominations will be accepted from any individual or association. 
  • Nominations must be submitted physically or electronically in writing. 
  • Nominations will stay active for three years.
  • The committee will meet by phone in the winter to come to a unanimous decision. 
  • The winner(s) will be announced by April 1. 

Entry Rules can be downloaded here.

Online Application

The list of past winners is here.

AmericanHort Industry Hall of Fame


Criteria for Consideration
Rare honor bestowed upon an employee of a member company (or an individual member) who has made an extraordinary lifetime contribution to AmericanHort, OFA, ANLA and/or the field of horticulture. The award is the most important honor this industry can bestow upon someone. It recognizes truly outstanding businessmen and women whose acts and deeds in business, home, community and country serve and guide as a challenge for all other members of the industry. This award is the consolidation of the ANLA Hall of Fame and the OFA Award of Excellence and is awarded as necessary.

Recognition

  • Complimentary lifetime AmericanHort Individual Membership with all benefits provided at that level.
  • Recognition at Cultivate at one of the general sessions with award/plaque of recognition.
  • Name on plaque displayed at AmericanHort headquarters in Columbus.
  • Permanent listing on the website.
  • Name badge ribbon provided to wear at AmericanHort events.

Procedures for Nomination

  • Applications are due by October 1.
  • Applications will be presented to the Leadership Committee at fall meetings for consideration, screening, and comments.
  • Recommendations passed from Leadership Committee to the Board of Directors for final decision(s) at its winter meeting.
  • Requires unanimous endorsement by the Board of Directors.
  • Recipient should be a long-time AmericanHort member.
  • An AmericanHort member must make the nomination.
  • Letter of recommendation from at least three additional AmericanHort members.
  • The winners will be announced by April 1.

AmericanHort Alex Laurie Award


Criteria for Consideration

The Alex Laurie Award is presented to the author(s) of the most significant applied floriculture research paper published in any of the three refereed American Society for Horticultural Science publications during a calendar year. This award was established in honor of the late Alex Laurie (1892-1982), renowned floriculture teacher and researcher at The Ohio State University and a founder of the Ohio Florists’ Association.

Recognition

  • Cash prize (funded by the annual budget).
  • Recognition annually at Cultivate with a plaque (usually presented at the Town Hall meeting).
  • Permanent listing on the website.
  • Name badge ribbon provided to wear at AmericanHort events.

Procedures for Nomination

  • Staff identifies all the floriculture top 10 manuscripts to be reviewed by a staff-appointed jury of peers (note: the selection of the top 10 papers is done by the review jury as part of the scoring process).
  • Award jury reviews the manuscripts and chooses the top one by a scoring system.
  • Manuscripts reviewed can be about crop production, environmental, and cultural related work, marketing research, post-production work, disease and insect management, automation, etc.

AmericanHort Industry Honor Roll Tribute to Industry Leaders


Criteria for Consideration

The AmericanHort Industry Honor Roll honors deceased members of the industry for their valuable leadership contribution. It is awarded as necessary.

Recognition

  • Recipients’ families receive a commemorative bronze medallion.
  • Recognition at Cultivate during one of the general sessions.
  • The recipient's name is placed in a permanent record at AmericanHort’s headquarters to further honor each recipient.

Procedures for Nomination

  • The list of honorees is submitted by staff and approved by the Board of Directors.

AmericanHort Retail Rising Star Award


Criteria for Consideration

The AmericanHort Retail Rising Star Award recognizes emerging professions in the retail community. The recipients are at a tipping point in their career such as owners topping the $1M mark, senior managers in their second or third years, young professional that excelled, etc. In all cases, they have had a significant impact on the success of their business.

Recognition

  • Recognition at Cultivate at one of the general session with award/plaque of recognition.
  • Permanent listing on the website.
  • Ribbon provided to wear at AmericanHort events.

Procedures for Nomination

  • Nomination deadline is October 1.
  • Any member of the association can nominate any other member.
  • Selection is made by Retail Community Connectors.
  • Nominations must be submitted physically or electronically in writing.
  • The Connectors will meet by phone in early spring to announce the award by April 1.