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Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame

AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame


AmericanHort is pleased to announce the

2020 inductees to the AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame

Kathy Johnson Fediw

Kathy Johnson Fediw worked in the interior plantscape industry for 40 years as an internationally known interior plantscape consultant, author, trainer and speaker. An alumna of Penn State University, she is a LEED accredited professional, a Landscape Industry Certified Professional and Landscape Industry Certified Technician. Prior to opening her own consulting firm in 2001, she worked for Plantscape, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA and Natura in Texas. While a consultant, she also served as editor and publisher of I-Plants online magazine for nearly a decade, retiring in 2019. As an author, Fediw has written numerous articles for trade journals, association newsletters, training manuals and programs, and several books including “The Manual of Interior Plantscaping” and “Green Plant Care Tips for Techs”. She served on several boards including for OFA, now AmericanHort, Green Plants for Green Buildings, the Certification Council of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, and the USGBC Piney Woods branch. 

David Korstad

David Korstad has worked in the interior plantscape industry for more than 40 years. Having grown up working at the family nursery, he joined the family business, Sedgefield Landscape Nursery, which later became Sedgefield Interior Landscape, after studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company got its start in interior plantscaping in 1969 after agreeing to its first job for a Westinghouse Corporation facility in Winston-Salem, NC. He moved to Georgia in 1976 to open the Sedgefield Interior Landscapes division where he worked his way up from general manager to president. Semi-retired today, Korstad has served in several industry board positions including as president of the Atlanta Interior Landscape Association (AILA), and held a ten year tenure on the board of directors of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America-Interior Landscape Division/Interior Plantscape Division (ALCA-ILD/IPD). He became chairman of ALCA-ILD in 1986 when the group merged with the Interior Plantscape Association (IPA) to form ALCA-IPD. Additionally, he served as chairman of the ALCA education committee. Korstad was instrumental in the creation of the Foliage Clean Air Council, the forerunner for what is today known as the Green Plants for Green Buildings. 


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. 


  • Complimentary lifetime AmericanHort Individual Membership with all benefits provided at that level, provided that they were a member of AmericanHort at least one year prior to induction.
  • 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 January 11.
  • 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.

Click here for the nomination form.

Hall of Fame

1996 Allen Secrest  
1996 Robert Russell 
1997 Barbara Helfman 
1997 Frank James 
1998 Peter Herrera 
1998 Jennifer Madruga 
1998 Marvin Weitzenhoffer 
1999 Joan Archibald 
1999 Julius Roehrs 
1999 Lorie Townsend 
2000 Joe Cialone 
2000 Everett Conklin, Sr 
2000 Gerry Leider 
2001 Linnaea Newman 
2001 Richard 'Dick' Wilcox, Sr.
2001 Greg Eberly 
2002 Jeff Morey 
2002 Jean Youmans 
2002 Karl Robert Korstad 
2002 Steve McCurdy 
2003 Richard K. Wilcox, Jr. 
2003 Thomas Rochford III 
2003 Teri Pesapane 
2003 Joel Pesapane, CCLP, CCIH, CLM
2004 Dennis Gabrick
2004 Robert Herrick Carter 
2004 McRae Anderson 
2005 Steve Gainey
2005 Nancy B. Goldstein 
2005 Gary Mangum 
2006 Paul Ecke, Jr. 
2006 Richard Gaines 
2007 Alfred Emsig 
2007 Carole Horowitz 
2007 Don Horowitz 
2008 Donald Wilson
2008 Walt Campbell 
2008 Vicky Cate 
2009 Tom Acklin 
2009 Todd Bachman 
2009 Richard Parker 
2010 Bill Wolverton 
2010 Dick Ott 
2011 Dan Goldman 
2011 Karin Horn 
2011 Mike Senneff, CLP 
2012 John Peterson, Ph.D. 
2012 David Liu 
2013 John Mendozza 
2013 John Mini, CCLP 
2016 Terril Nell, Ph.D. 
2016 Janice Goodman 
2017 Chris Raimondi, CLP
2018 Kathryn O'Donnell
2018 Hollis Malone
2019 Rich Batcho, CLT
2019 Steve Decker
2019 Phil Feinman