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Creighton University Named One of the Nation's Best Maintained Landscapes

Creighton University Named One of the Nation's Best Maintained Landscapes

Creighton University received a grand award in the category of University and College Grounds at the 2009 Professional Grounds Management Society’s Green Star Awards ceremony Oct. 31 in Louisville, Ky.

The annual awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence and complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction.

This year, 16 grand and honor awards were offered in eight categories, covering all types of private, public, commercial and industrial landscapes.

To see the society’s recognition of Creighton as one of the nation’s best maintained landscapes, click on http://www.pgms.org/2009greenstar/index.htm.

Creighton horticulturist and arborist Jessica Heller and the 11-member grounds crew were recognized for meticulously managed display beds and other gardens around campus as well as their incorporation of a variety of plantings including marigolds, feather reed grass, zinnias, linden and spruce trees, cannas and more.

“This recognition affirms the great effort that goes into creating and maintaining our landscapes, from trees to display beds to green spaces.I think it really underscores the value of the impression that an attractive, inspiring, and well-kept campus can have on those who live, visit, or pass through it,” said Heller.

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) was established in 1911 as a professional society with the purpose of education and professional advancement. The majority of PGMS members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries, theme parks, and landscape-management companies.