As the principal trade association representing North America’s multibillion-dollar horticultural industry – from plant breeders to greenhouse and nursery growers, florists to garden retailers and distributors, as well as interior and exterior landscape professionals – AmericanHort is busy these days preparing for Cultivate’16, which is set for July 9-12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio.
Among other events at the huge trade show and conference will be the induction July 10 of Dr. Terril Nell, professor emeritus of floriculture at the University of Florida, and Janice Goodman of Cityscapes, a Boston firm specializing in interiorscapes, into the Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame.
The AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame (formerly known as the PIA Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame) was established to honor individuals who, for a minimum of 15 years, have contributed to the development and permanent betterment of the interiorscape industry.
Nell, who moved to Brevard, North Carolina, with his wife, Cathy, upon his retirement from the University of Florida, served as chair of UF’s Environmental Horticulture Department from 1991-2012, in addition to his appointment as professor of floriculture at the university from 1977 until his retirement.
Nell’s research focused on the production and postharvest handling of flowering potted plants and fresh cut flowers. The University of Florida’s postharvest program, which Nell established in 1983, concentrated on potted plant and cut flower performance for growers, shippers, wholesale and retail florists, and interior plantscapers.
His research led to changes in floral industry practices leading to improved flower and plant longevity, according to AmericanHort.
Goodman, who has 34 years of experience in the horticultural industry, is in her 24th year as owner and operator of Cityscapes in Boston, one of the largest interior/exterior landscape companies in New England and one of the 15 largest firms of its kind in the United States.
She is a registered provider for the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and Building Owners Managers Institute (BOMI), offering educational credits and programs to the architectural industry and commercial property professionals. Goodman has served on the board of “Green Plants for Green Buildings” and as chairperson of the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition, which showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals in South Florida.
Click here to see many more examples of Cityscapes’ work.
As AmericanHort prepares to honor Nell and Goodman, the organization is accepting nominations for the 2017 Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, submissions for AmericanHort’s 2016 International Plantscape Awards are up nearly 30 percent. Winners of those awards also will be recognized during Cultivate’16. This year’s 63 entries were submitted by 20 participating companies, according to AmericanHort, which notes that each entry is judged on its own merit rather than against others in the same category.
For more information about the International Plantscape Awards and Cultivate’16, go here.