Observer staff report
A St. George landscaping company took home one of the top prizes in Green Works/Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual achievement awards. Green Works—a nonprofit organization representing Vermont’s garden centers, landscapers, horticulturalists and plant professionals—presented the awards at the 2013 Green Works Winter Meeting & Trade Show held earlier this month.
Brian Vaughan, who owns St. George-based Vaughan Landscaping Co., won the New England Nursery Association Young Nursery Professional of the Year award.
The award honors someone in the horticultural industry under 40 years old who “has shown involvement in his or her state and/or regional nurserymen’s association, has contributed to the growth and success of their company of employment and has portrayed an image to the public of what our products and services can do for them,” according to a Green Works press release.
Vaughan, originally from Thetford, studied Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture with a minor in Applied Design at UVM. While there, he founded the University’s Horticultural Club, which still exists today.
Vaughan launched his landscaping company in 2002, specializing in landscape design, stonework and installation.
In 2007, Vaughan was nominated to serve on the board of directors for the Friends of the Horticulture Farm, eventually becoming curator of the perennial gardens.
In 2011, Vaughan was nominated to the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association Board and is currently serving as a director. He has been a VNLA member and Vermont certified horticulturist since 2000.
The event also honored several other Vermonters.
Don and Lela Avery, who own Cady’s Falls Nursery in Morrisville, won the Horticultural Achievement Award.
Chris Conant, of Colchester-based Claussen’s Florist, Greenhouse and Perennial Farm, won the Environmental Awareness Award.
Julie Rubaud, who owns Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, took home the Retailer of the Year Award.
The UVM Student Merit Award went to Ferrisburgh native John R. Bruce, a senior studying sustainable landscape horticulture.