An Evening in the Dirr Gardens- Support for the Industry- Industry Leaders Recognized
A beautiful, crisp, October afternoon was matched by the stunning garden as over 150 supporters of GGIA gathered for "An Evening in the Dirr Gardens" last weekend. Dr. Mike and Bonnie Dirr graciously played host, tour leader and industry cheerleaders welcoming in friends and colleagues from across the state.
Cliff Brock from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia gets a bear hug from Mike Dirr after winning the plant ID contest.
GGIA would like to once again say thank you to Mike, Bonnie and all of the sponsors and supporters who made this event a success. Proceeds from the event benefit the GGIA Partnership in Sustainability which supports the work of GGIA. We must also tip our cap to Committee Chair Paul Chappell and his dedicated team who put together one heck of an event.
We were very pleased to present this year's GGIA award winners at the event to a group of industry leaders truly deserving of recognition. The GGIA awards recognize those who make an impact on the industry through their tireless and unselfish giving of their time, talents and passions. This year's winners are no different and embody the meaning of giving back. Please join us in congratulating these folks who make our industry better.
GGIA 2015 Award Winners
The Jake Tinga Distinguished Young Professional Award-Jeff Fischer from FIS Outdoors, Inc.
The Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional Award-Brian Jernigan from McCorkle Nurseries
The Communicator of the Year Award -Matthew Chappell from the University of Georgia- College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences- Horticulture Department
The Educator of the Year Award-Todd Hurt from the University of Georgia
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences- Office of the Associate Dean for Extension
The Environmental Friend of the Industry Award-Clark Howard- Atlanta Radio Personality
The Vivian Munday, Buck Jones Lifetime Achievement Award-Scott Angle- Former Dean of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Now with the International Fertilizer Development Center
Alex Smith Garden Design, LTD
Bottoms Nursery, LLC
Byron Lakeview Nursery, LLC
Cleveland Tree Company
County Line Nursery, Inc
Diversified Trees, Inc.
Eason Horticultural Resources, Inc.
Flint Equipment Company, Inc.
Gainous' Shade Trees, Inc.
Going Green Horticulture
Graco Fertilizer Co.
Harp's Farm Market & Nursery, Inc.
Lake Tree Growers
Lakeside Trees, Inc.
Mid Georgia Nursery, Inc.
Nature's Tree Farm, Inc.
Pattillo Tree Farm, LLC
Summit Plastic Co.
Sun Gro Horticulture
Sweetwater Creek Nursery
Thoms Trees & Plants
Thunderwood Farms, LLC
Special thanks to Bailey Nurseries for donating 100 plants for the silent auction from their 1st Editions Collection.