Nature Hills Nursery has been fortunate to prosper from growing and selling plants. All of our plant production is carefully managed so the soils we depend upon are not depleted of their resources, ensuring a healthy soil environment for continued plant growth. We feel it is time to give back a portion of the plants we produce annually to projects that will help reduce carbon dioxide and beautify communities.
The Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards will be presented annually to groups and organizations that are making a difference in their communities. We are looking for community groups who are committed to improving their local environment by planting trees, bushes and shrubs to make their communities a better place to live.
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Thanks to all of the 2012 Green America Awards Applicants!
What types of community improvement projects qualify?
The award winners will be chosen from those groups who submit a local environment community project that makes best use of the trees, bushes and shrubs that Nature Hills Nursery will award.
Examples of potential Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award winning projects could be:
- A local soil erosion control plan that utilizes plants to stabilize steep hillside slopes or river banks.
- The reclamation of an abandoned lot where a house or factory once stood with the creation of a fruit orchard that will provide much needed fruit to nearby low-income residents.
- Creating or refurbishing the landscape in a community park.
- Creating a wildlife habitat for birds or animals on donated land that is (or has been) abandoned or neglected.
Our goal is to help communities reclaim land, turning eyesores into oases. We want to help dedicated individuals, groups and organizations make their local communities better by providing a living gift of trees and plants that not only clean the air but also provide respite and a natural retreat. With each reclamation, wildlife and beauty can once again flourish.
Nature Hills Nursery will donate $4,500 of plant materials annually to the earth friendly award-winning projects. Awards will be presented to a Grand Prize winner in the amount of $2,000 of plant materials. First place winner will receive $1,250 in plant materials, the Second Place winner $750 in plant materials, and the Third Place winner $500 in plant materials. The plant materials can contain trees, fruit trees, bushes and shrubs, perennials, and vegetable seeds.
Grand Prize - $2,000 of plant materials (Example 25 perennials, 45 small fruit bushes, 50 shrubs, 15 fruit trees, 15 trees)
First Place - $1,250 of plant materials
Second Place - $750 of plant material
Third Place - $500 of plant material
Application Dates: March 15, 2012 thru June 17, 2012
Awards will be issued to each winner in the form of a gift certificate which can be redeemed for plant materials from Nature Hills Nursery. It is our hope that, by providing plants, we can help these winners create places of beauty and nature in their local communities.
· Eligible submissions will be accepted from charitable or educational organizations that operate as a non profit entity
· Awards must be used by the winning organization to complete their project plan and cannot be sold or used in any way other than for the project described in the application submitted by the organization.
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Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2011 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards! Here is a recap of the winners:
2011 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award Winners
Grand Prize Winner – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma ,Oklahoma City, OK - $2500 Winner
First Place Winner – Slow Food Chicago's preSERVE Community Garden, Chicago, IL - $1500 Winner
Second Place Winner – Aviation Community Garden, Dearborn, MI - $1000 Winner
2010 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award Winners
Grand Prize Winner – Cleveland Botanical Garden ,Cleveland, OH - $2500 Winner
First Place Winner –Seeds, Durham, NC - $1500 Winner
Second Place Winner – Gifford Park Community Garden, Omaha,NE - $1000 Winner
2009 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Award Winners
Grand Prize Winner - Bridging The Gap, Kansas City, MO - $2500 Winner
First Place Winner - Two Coves Community Garden, Astoria (Queens), NY - $1500 Winner
Second Place Winner - Homewood Heights Community Garden, Austin, TX - $1000 Winner