2011 Award Winners

Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. received an Honor Award in the Small Site category for its recently developed Haenicke Memorial Garden. The garden was designed and planted in the fall of 2009 in honor of the late Dr. Diether Haenicke, former WMU president. Conifers were planted in the garden to add color throughout the long winters and were also a favorite of Dr. Haenicke. The garden also consists of lighting and benches for students to relax on. The campus faces many challenges such as high winds, brutal winters and damage from wildlife.
Biltmore Estate Historic Gardens in Asheville, N.C. received a Grand Award in the Park, Recreation Area or Playground category. The historic gardens of Biltmore Estate encompass 75 acres of individual gardens as well as the three mile Approach Road and the areas west of the house designated the Deer Park and Lagoon. The horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including the All-America Rose Garden featuring more than 250 varieties.
Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain, Ga. received an Honor Award in the Hotel, Motel or Resort category. Evergreen Marriott Resort is nestled in the delicate beauty of Stone Mountain Park surrounded by 3,200 acres of natural wooded splendor. Guests can relax in the lakeside pavilion by Stone Mountain Lake or hike over six miles of nature trails and take in the incredible views. Discover a sense of personal adventure from a breathtaking Georgia Resort situated amidst the majestic beauty of Stone Mountain Park.
Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio received a Grand Award in the Golf Course category. The University can claim two golf courses considered by many to be masterpieces in classical golf architecture, the Scarlet and the Gray. The Scarlet course has been rated the #1 collegiate course in the country by the Collegiate Golf Coaches of America and also by Golf Channel. Scarlet played host to the 2007 Rolex AJGA World Championship, along with several U.S. Amateur qualifiers. On the Professional Tour, Scarlet has hosted numerous U.S. Open qualifiers and presently is host to the Nationwide Tour’s Children’s Hospital Invitational.
Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, Ga. received a Grand Award in the Golf Course category. The Mountain is the center of an amazing green space and is the backdrop for an award-winning course. The course is an environmental showcase and consists of 340 acres, featuring 36 holes of golf, a practice facility and more. SMGC is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and has won numerous green industry awards including a 2006 PGMS Green Star Award, the overall winner of the 2006 GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Award, the 2007 “Because Green Matters” award, the 2009 TurfNet Media Group Superintendent of the Year and the 2010 GCSAA Presidents Award for Environmental Stewardship.
Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, N.J. received an Honor Award in the School Grounds category for its well-manicured school grounds. The grounds department believes that Dwight-Englewood’s campus is their showplace and the visitor’s first impression to their facilities. The level of beauty is retained with color, texture and shape by incorporating ornamental grasses, perennials and woody ornamentals. The athletic fields are maintained to the highest level including aerating, slit-seeding, fertilization and proper watering procedures. The 42 acre campus is maintained by only four full time grounds professionals.
Aurora University in Aurora, Ill. received a Grand Award in the University and College Grounds category. The grounds crew at Aurora University, a 35 acre campus, was honored for their excellence in seasonal changes in their planting beds as well as for their success with recently completed projects. These projects included new sod and landscaping to their Alumni Hall and new perennial gardens planted throughout the campus. They also installed new campus signage throughout campus.
University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. received an Honor Award in the University and College Grounds category. The University of Redlands has completed extensive projects over the past two years. In 2009 they completed a tree inventory using specific software. They now have a complete inventory of campus trees with photos so that they can map and track campus tree health. In 2010 they began a project to standardize irrigation controllers on campus. This project allows for better management of irrigation and water conservation.
Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas received an Honor Award in the University and College Grounds category. Sam Houston State University faces maintenance challenges such as a very congested campus, litter cleanup and utility vehicle traffic on the landscape. In the past two years they have completed Old Main Market landscaping and re-landscaping of seven areas. They also planted shade and flowering trees throughout the new stadium medians.
UNC Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C. received an Honor Award in the University and College Grounds category. UNC Chapel Hill faces a big maintenance challenge with over 2,000 people in the 3-acre Tarheel Town area all day long. They also host summer camps which does a number on the grounds. In the last two years they have completed three special projects including the Blythe Road Utility Project, the Wheeler Rock Garden and the Science Complex. The Blythe Road Utility Project was completed which is an infrastructure corridor to south campus. The Wheeler Rock Garden was completed and is used as a teaching garden for the Geology Department. The landscaping was also completed for the Science Complex.
Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill. received a Merit Award in the University and College Grounds category. In the last two years Southern Illinois University has completed various maintenance projects. The Student Success Center was built, entrance signs were constructed to enhance the campus, artificial turf was installed in the athletic facilities and a campus master tree planting took place.
University of Chicago in Ill. received a Grand Award in the Urban University Grounds category. The University of Chicago is committed to maintaining the natural beauty of its campus with sustainable practices that seek to minimize use of pesticides, fertilizer, fossil fuels, and supplied water. In 1997 the American Public Gardens Association gave the University campus an official botanical garden designation. The botanical garden beds, which now number about 20, beautify the space and educate the visiting public about flora with labeled plant selections.
University of Rochester in N.Y. received a Grand Award in the Urban University Grounds category. The University of Rochester faces many challenges in their urban environment. The River Campus is less than one mile from the center of downtown Rochester and being land-locked between the Genesee River and the historic Mt. Hope cemetery requires creative planning for growth to accommodate expansion including new buildings, construction disruption and associated infrastructure. They also have the challenge of maintaining healthy trees in an urban environment. The University of Rochester is a Tree Campus USA and the students are very involved in campus tree initiatives.
University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada received an Honor Award in the Urban University Grounds category. The University of Guelph was founded in 1874 as an agricultural college. Today it retains its rural character while being recognized worldwide for its excellence in scientific research. This blend of tradition and scholasticism is mirrored by the campus, an 817 acre site blending Victorian turrets with modern concrete, glass and steel, hand-hewn century limestone and brick walks with landscaped plazas. Among its most pleasing features is a 417 acre arboretum where exotic specimens survive despite the northern climate.
University of Tampa in Fla. received a Merit Award in the Urban University Grounds category. The grounds crew at the University of Tampa, a mid-sized private university of 6,600 students located on 100 acres in close proximity to downtown Tampa, was honored for their ability to maintain a pristine campus despite facing many challenges in its urban setting. The city restricts its water use, so essential watering in a hot climate is not always an option. Another challenge faced by the university is that the main city highway running through campus causes delays in grounds equipment and personnel getting to main part of campus.