PGMS Calls for 2006 Green Star Awards Submissions

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is now accepting entries for its Green Star Awards. The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence. The program complements other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction by saluting the grounds superintendent responsible for maintaining a well-manicured landscape year round.

Grounds management professionals can choose among 15 categories: small sites; residential landscapes; public works sites; shopping areas; hospitals or institutions; government buildings or complexes; cemeteries or memorial parks; industrial, commercial sites or office parks; parks, recreation areas or playgrounds; multiple sites under management companies; condominium or apartment complexes; hotel, motel or resorts; amusement parks, theme parks or zoos; athletic fields, professional fields or golf courses; and school grounds, university and college grounds, or urban university grounds. There are two classes of awards, the Grand and the Honor. Only one Grand Award will be given, while judges may grant as many Honor Awards as they deem deserving.

The deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 4, 2006. To enter, fill out the entry form and submit the payment and entry to the PGMS office. The cost is $150 for PGMS members and $225 for others. For a reduced rate of $275, non-members may join PGMS and enter the contest. There is no limit to the number of categories an organization may enter. Only digital photographs are accepted, along with brief descriptions of each. There are many elements of the highly recognized contest that may be best depicted in photographs taken throughout the seasons.

Each winning entry will be honored at the 2006 Awards Banquet in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 4 at conclusion of the Society’s 2006 School of Grounds Management and Green Industry Expo scheduled to take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from Nov. 1-4.

Further information on the awards, including an official entry form, qualifications, a full explanation of categories, and a list of past award winners, is available online at

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