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Congratulations to our award recipients!

2016 Person of the Year – Chris Zeisz

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 Chris, formerly the owner of Snyder Ridge Landscaping & Garden Center, is now on the management staff of Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm. He is a past president of PLANT WNY, past president of PLANT WNY Foundation and a current member of the Audit Committee. Chris received this award twelve years ago, (only happened twice before since the inception of this award in 1965) however, his ongoing commitment and dedication to PLANT WNY have made him a deserving award recipient once again. As one of the founding members of Plantasia (landscape and garden show), Chris has continued to oversee this huge event for more than 17 years, working tirelessly to ensure its annual success. He also co-hosted the “Gardener’s Corner” on WBEN 930-AM radio, a weekly call-in show that was part of the long-running “Home Improvement Hour with Domenic Cortese.” Through his business, professional associations and volunteerism, Chris continually promotes the standards of PLANT WNY, CNLPs and the green industry.



2016 Business of The Year - 

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Connie Oswald Stofko Business of Year PLANT WNY Medium

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Our Business of the Year award goes to the innovative and up-to-the-minute online gardening magazine for all Western New York, Publisher Connie Oswald Stofko is a professional journalist and winner of state and national awards for her writing and editing work. A self-described gardening hobbyist, Connie provides an invaluable weekly resource full of fun and educational interviews with local gardeners and horticulture experts, including links to related websites and businesses, how-to videos, full-color photos and a comprehensive calendar of garden events, classes, seminars and sales. A perennial favorite lecturer at Plantasia and community events, Connie uses as a continual means of promoting the green industry in general and PLANT WNY and CNLPs in particular.