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Congratulations to our award recipients!
Mike Frank - 2019 Person of the Year
Mike is the owner of Chevalier Outdoor Living and has been a member of PLANT WNY for over 12 years. Mike is past president of PLANT WNY and is the current president of the NYS Nursery & Landscape Association board. He serves as a trustee on the PLANT WNY Foundation and is a member of the policies and procedures committee. Mike is active on the Plantasia committee and has created the show’s floor plan for many years. Mike’s company has been a steadfast supporter of Plantasia with a landscaped garden space for 11 consecutive years. As a leader in the green industry, Mike is known for challenging landscapers to think outside the box and to keep improving on their craft! Mike is authentic and innovative. He is a great advocate of PLANT WNY and the green industry.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society – 2019 Business of the Year
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is a living museum that inspires curiosity and connects people to the natural world. Open since 1900 and next year celebrating their 120th anniversary, the Botanical Gardens is a national historic site, education center and tourist destination full of exotic horticulture treasures from around the world. PLANT WNY and the Botanical Gardens have a mutually supportive relationship for over 16 years. In that time, the Botanical Gardens has produced two presidents to the PLANT WNY board, supported several CNLPs (Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals), served on committees and hosted many of our meetings. The Botanical Gardens has sponsored the children’s garden at Plantasia for 5 years and introduced thousands of children to the joys of gardening. Not only are the Botanical Gardens a source of beauty and contemplation for their many visitors, but also a hub for horticulture education with their continuous programming for old and young alike. The Botanical Gardens history, like that of PLANT WNY, has a compelling and humble beginning that has grown and flourished into their strong cultural and economic impact on Western New York.
Mike and the Botanical Gardens will receive their awards at the Harvest Dinner on Friday, November 15.