2013 Green Star Award Winner Descriptions

University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. received an Honor Award for their Francis Quadrangle in the Small Site category. The University of Missouri Mission is to provide a safe, attractive, educational landscape for students, faculty, staff and visitors through a continued commitment to excellence. This is best exemplified in the employee developed motto, ‘Taking Pride’. The campus floral display gardens provide the perfect frame work for the quadrangles manicured look. The University of Missouri takes great pride in featuring the historic 3 ½ acre Francis Quadrangle. Girard’s red azaleas and white flowering dogwood add spring interest to the manicured turf and majestic columns.


North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. received an Honor Award for their Chancellor’s Residence in the Residential Landscape category. Grounds Management at North Carolina State delivers professional, innovative and results driven services through a commitment to excellent customer service, a focus on aesthetics, respect for the environment, engagement with the campus community and an overall dedication to excellence. The Grounds Maintenance is achieved through a planned program of grounds care for The Point. This program includes all aspects of horticulture including planting enhancements.



Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. received a Grand Award in the Hospital category. The hospital prides itself in blending in with the natural environment, not utilizing pesticides or herbicides and utilizing indigenous plantings which are hearty and require minimal irrigation. This sustainable approach benefits patients, visitors and staff however it also creates a huge challenge for the grounds staff in hand weeding all beds. The Providence Way Garden includes donated memorial pavers, park benches, and tables surrounded by plants which flower at various times of the year. Four large boulders are engraved with Providence St. Peter’s core values: respect, compassion, justice and excellence. The hospital’s Healing Garden is within a short walking distance to the hospital’s physical rehabilitation unit. The grounds features intimate plantings, expertly maintained lawn, large boulders, river rock, and alpine conifers all within view as you stroll through the peaceful setting.


Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif. received a Merit Award in the Government Building category.







Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. received a Merit Award in the Government Complex category.







City of Henderson – Madeira Canyon Park in Henderson, Nev. received an Honor Award in the Park & Recreation category. The goal of the Parks Division is to ensure safe, clean facilities with an eye towards efficient operations and staff development. Madeira Canyon staff strive to make the park attractive. The trees provide a welcome relief from the hot sun. Likewise, this splash pad adds a cool “fun” treat letting you forget about the desert heat.





Wildwood Metropark of Toledo – Ellen Biddle Shipman Garden in Toledo, Ohio received an Honor Award in the Park & Recreation category. The Ellen Biddle Shipman Garden dates back to the 1930’s with an ongoing restoration and maintenance process as a key focus. Plants from the original 1937 designs highlight Ellen’s pioneer accomplishments in landscape architecture. The goals of the Wildwood Metroparks staff are oriented around being dedicated to the highest professional standards of maintenance. Their mostly volunteer staffs routinely monitor plant health by deadheading, weeding, pruning, fertilizing and inspecting for insect damage and diseases using sustainable practices as much as possible. The garden exposure over the years has changed from originally full sun to part shade. Selective pruning has been performed to allow more sunlight in order to encourage the roses and other sun loving plants to thrive.


Bonita Bay Community Association – Riverwalk  Park Bocce Courts in Bonita Springs, Fla. received an Honor Award in the Park & Recreation category. The park incorporates a sustainable approach into day-to-day practices and is a sanctioned National Audubon community. The pavilion provides a comfortable setting for social gatherings and adds a splash of color to the surrounding turf and tropicals. The covered court seating shades the players from the hot sun while they rest between bocce rotations.




City of Henderson – O’Callaghan Park in Henderson, Nev. received an Honor Award in the Park & Recreation category. The goal of the parks division is to preserve and maintain the city’s parks and recreational facilities in an efficient and cost effective manner, providing safe and clean facilities for the pleasure and use of current and future generations of Henderson residents. The mature trees and well maintained turf are an inviting welcome to the park’s playground area.





The Venetian Resort – Sands Corporation in Las Vegas, Nev. received a Grand Award in the Hotel category. As guest and visitors enter the Venetian Resort and Casino property they are welcomed with both architectural and Landscape elements that convey an Italian feel. The property uses an array of plant material in tree, shrub and seasonal color accents to enhance the theme. Although high temperatures nearing 110 degrees are average during the summer, the Venetian horticulture staff is able to create a landscape full of color, texture, and interest with a limited palette of plants that will survive the extreme in temperature. Water features and use of exterior space during the cooler evening hours also help in making the landscape comfortable in hot weather. Hedges are shaped up to five times a year to maintain a formal design with integrated annual color provided year round.


The Palazzo Resort – Sands Corporation in Las Vegas, Nev. received an Honor Award in the Hotel category. The Palazzo Resort and Casino is the second-largest building in the Western hemisphere. This five Diamond resort has 284,864sq.ft. of detailed lush landscape befitting its status as the most luxurious European inspired place to stay in Las Vegas. Palazzo has a total of seven separate pools; plant material is used to separate each pool for a sense of privacy and privilege. A combination of textures and colors are used to create depth and interest.



Arroyo Grande Sports Complex in Henderson, Nev. received a Merit Award in the Athletic Fields category.









Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C. received an Honor Award in the Golf Course category. Berkeley Hall Golf Club prides itself in being the next generation of private golf communities. The staff provides for a traditional experience with all the benefits of modern technology while maintaining the integrity of true southern hospitality. The tranquil reflection pool is situated at the main entrance to the club. Crape Myrtles frame the well-manicured entranceway to the formal gardens. The formal garden area is utilized for weddings, family portraits and just plain old relaxing after a strenuous day of golf!




Lake Forest Academy (grounds overseen by Sodexo) in Lake Forest, Ill. received an Honor Award in the School Grounds category. Lake Forest Academy, located 40 miles north of Chicago is a private boarding school for grades for 9 – 12. Established in 1857 the original estate was built at the turn of the 20th century and the original landscape was designed by the acclaimed Chicago landscape architect Jens Jensen. The 162 acre campus features many unique settings such as this pagoda and fountain in the formal gardens.





University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. received a Grand Award in the University/College category.  A staff of 32 full time employees provides services to over 1000 acres on the central campus in Oxford, Mississippi. Landscape Services staff plant approximately 20,000 seasonal color plants, 10,000 tulip bulbs and 10,000 daffodils in any given year. On average, Landscape Services plants over 200 new trees on campus each year. Over 4500 trees have been inventoried in the central part of campus. Lawn mowing time has been reduced from ten days to four days in part by creating mower friendly bed lines, eliminating invasive weeds, dividing the campus into zones, and purchasing wider cut mowers. The “Quad at Ole Miss” provides a colorful spring pathway for students traveling to class. Perennial beds have been developed to add an element of special interest to the campus.


Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas received an Honor Award in the University/College category. Southern Methodist University is a private university in the heart of Dallas. SMU is very proud to be the home of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library which was dedicated on April 25, 2013. Four planters with formal boxed hedge are surrounded by seasonal color at the Sculpture Garden at Meadows Museum. One technician maintains the water chemicals, tile, grout, pumps, and all maintenance of eleven fountains on campus.




Western Kentucky University (grounds overseen by Sodexo) in Bowling Green, Ky. received an Honor Award in the University/College category. The campus consists of 300 acres that are covered with approximately 3000 trees. The University President uses his home on the campus for numerous gatherings and fundraising events. The large mature trees enhance the overall beauty of the campus and provide striking color combinations. There are numerous quite garden locations that allow faculty, students and staff to escape the busy hectic, school day and find a place to call their own.




Texas Womens University in Denton, Texas received an Honor Award in the University/College category. Texas Womens University is known for its beautiful gardens. There are several gardens on campus that feature a variety of perennials which cycle through color changes throughout the summer. This shady retreat complete with benches was designed for lingering, the Gertrude Lathrop Arbor calls attention to the verdant landscaping for which Texas Womens University’s main campus has become known. The Landscape staff works diligently to ensure a smooth, dry, well maintained quality field. The field is mowed with a different design for each game. The Blagg-Huey Library was completed and opened in January 1986. The front entrance includes a mass planting of annual flowers that complement the brick facade.



University of Rochester – Mount  Hope Campus in Rochester, N.Y. received an Honor Award in the University/College category. The 20+ acre University of Rochester Mount Hope Campus is less than one mile north of the main River Campus and includes the Patrick  Barry House, the former nursery offices, the packing house  and three  former  Barry Households.






Queens University of Charlotte (grounds overseen by Sodexo) in Charlotte, N.C. received an Honor Award in the University/College category. The large trees and well maintained turf create a majestic feel to the unique campus landscape. The Living green was installed on the new Science Building.  Various plants are nestled in soilless media and watered with drip irrigation feed by a cistern.





Marymount College in Palos Verdes, Calif. received an Honor Award in the University/College category. Grounds Maintenance staff at the university closely collaborates with the Office of Sustainability in seeking to integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of the grounds program. The colorful native xeriscape  planting around a campus electric vehicle charging station and the  Southern California coastal native planting are two good examples of this integration.






University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas received an Honor Award in the University/College category. Providing a pleasant outdoor environment for visitors, students, faculty, and staff, is job #1 for the Landscaping and Grounds Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. The grounds crew produces all seasonal color in the campus greenhouse from seed. Mulch and compost is produced on site from collected yard waste on campus. The maintenance plan incorporates turf care, pruning, IPM, planting, hardscape and irrigation into day-to-day horticultural practices.




Baylor University in Waco, Texas received an Honor Award in the University/College category. Baylor University is home to nearly 15,000 students on over 800 acres, 337 of which is intensely managed landscape. There are four primary seasonal color change-outs annually including Spring, Summer, and Winter with an additional installation in the Fall  for chrysanthemums in preparation for Homecoming.





Ohio Northern University (grounds overseen by Sodexo) in Ada, Ohio received an Honor Award in the University/College category. Ohio Northern University is a private University situated on 325 acres. The University’s tree canopy is comprised of over 4,000 trees which has led to their Tree Campus USA designation. The fountains and lakes make for a beautiful campus for all to enjoy. The grounds department maintains nine fields with a variety of sports (baseball, softball, rugby, football, and soccer). The President’s home is located on campus and maintained by the grounds department.



Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass. received a Merit Award in the University/College category.








University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. received a Merit Award in the University/College category.








Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Va. received a Merit Award in the University/College category.










University of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa received a Merit Award in the University/College category.










University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada received a Grand Award in the Urban University category. Founded in 1874 as an agricultural college, the University of Guelph, has retained its rural flavor while  flourishing as an urban university known for its world class scientific research. Originally known for the study of horticulture, agriculture and veterinary medicine, the 1,223 acres campus, including University of Guelph Arboretum and research park, continues to support Environmental Sciences and Landscape Architecture. Grounds continuously receives high satisfaction scores from the University community for its year-round grounds keeping efforts. The sustainable measures employed by the grounds staff include composting of university vegetative and animal byproducts for campus soil amendments and mulches, equipment powered by green energy, and working within legislation governing pesticide use.


University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. received an Honor Award in the Urban University category. The University of Puget Sound was founded 125 years ago as a liberal arts college in Tacoma, Wash. A ten person crew with student help care for the 90 acre site. Raised beds and containerized plantings allow for flexibility in creating color accents in difficult areas to establish beds. Spring color on campus features bulbs, annuals and spring blooming plants. Plans are made one year in advance in order to meet the demand for color at events that are scheduled.  Tree replacement plans look ahead 50 years considering species and planting location. Ivy is part of a campus tradition and pruned twice a year. Plywood and a 60’ lift is used to perform this maintenance task.


University of Nevada – Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. received an Honor Award in the Urban University category. Reduction of non-essential turf is one of many energy saving efforts accomplished by UNLV’s Landscape & Grounds department. This “Valley” landscape was created to replace turf that was previously in place. This area on campus also was a turf conversion project with the aid of student volunteers. For every square foot of turf removed UNLV saves 55 gallons of water annually; to date UNLV reduced over one million square feet of turf by conversion to xeriscape.



University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada received an Honor Award in the Urban University category. With a short growing season, four months, the grounds are surprisingly abundant with flora and fauna. The campus features 115 stand-alone planters. The self-watering containers in the are planted with Ornamental Grasses, Potato Vine and Marigolds. The University of Alberta strives to incorporate the most effective and environmentally sustainable methods possible.




Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (grounds overseen by Sodexo) in Louisville, Ky. received an Honor Award in the Urban University category. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is the oldest and largest of the six seminaries affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and has been on this urban setting since 1926. The campus comprises 65 total acres containing two dozen buildings a hotel and two apartment complexes. Primarily a wooded site the campus was planned through the assistance from famed landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead.