Every year we invite nominations for the plant and landscape awards listed below. For 2017, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Awards Reception will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln from 2-3:30. For more information about this or future awards, contact Karma Larsen at 402-472-7923 or klarsen1@unl.edu.

Blazing Star Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward advancing the horticultural use of native plants or the restoration of native plant communities in Nebraska.

Johnny Appleseed Award:  Recognizes an individual who embodies the sylvan spirit of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) through a sustained personal involvement in tree-planting in Nebraska.

Educator Award: Recognizes educators who have made an outstanding contribution toward advancing the knowledge and appreciation of plants among their students.

Community Landscape Award: Recognizes individuals, groups, businesses or organizations (including units of government) for the implementation of a landscape project or activity that has significantly improved the green infrastructure of a community. Such projects should reach beyond beautification to include elements of sustainability such as water conservation, stormwater management, land stewardship, tree-canopy restoration, habitat, biodiversity, soil improvements, education and outreach, native plants, etc.


Awards Related specifically to efforts with NSA Affiliates (list of NSA affiliates statewide):

Jim Kluck Honor Award:  Jim Kluck was a long-time NSA supporter, past board member, curator and Nebraska nurseryman who loved helping people and communities improve their landscapes. In memory of him, this award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum organization or to an affiliate site of NSA.

Volunteer Award:  Recognizes individuals who have made a sustained volunteer contribution to an affiliate site of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

The awards nomination questions include:
Name of award:
Name of nominee:
Nominee’s address:
Nominee’s phone and email:
Reasons for this nomination:  Please explain why you think the nominee should receive the award (descriptions for each award above). Give specific examples of their accomplishments and contributions. We encourage you to submit supporting materials such as newspaper clippings, letters of support, etc. Although not required, supporting materials provide more information for the Award Selection Committee, and may strengthen your nomination.
Submitted/nominated by:
Nominator’s address:
Nominator’s phone and email:

Nominations can be sent to:  Nebraska Statewide Arboretum / P.O. Box 830964 / Lincoln, NE 68583-0964