New York State Nursery & Landscape Association Announces 2012 CNLP OF THE YEAR AWARD Recipient
The New York State Nursery and Landscape Association (NYSNLA) honored Jerry Parmenter, Senior CNLP of Elemental Landscapes, Inc., Voorheesville, NY this past week at its annual Award Ceremony at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.
The Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional Program was developed in the 1970’s within the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association to raise the standard of the green industry in New York. Trained professionals must pass strict educational and field experience requirements in order to become certified within this program. Annually, one Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional in New York State is awarded ‘CNLP of the Year’, for going above and beyond to advance the program.
Jerry has been dedicated to the horticulture industry for the entirety of his still young career. “As a past president of NYSNLA’s local Region 3 and the current Treasurer of the statewide organization, no one can question his dedication to the ideals our association represents,” said Chuck Schmitt, CNLP. Mr. Schmitt is the current chairperson of the CNLP Committee, who presented Jerry with the award.
Jerry has studied landscaping and stone work both domestically and abroad. After receiving his degree in horticulture from Cornell University, he fulfilled an international travel scholarship awarded by Cornell. During this two year period, Jerry served as a hardscape apprentice in England while studying landscape design and construction throughout Europe.
Since establishing Elemental Landscapes, Inc. in 2001, Jerry has distinguished himself as a leader within the green industry. His design and craftsmanship have won him five New York State Environmental Beautification Awards as well as the NYSNLA Presidential Recognition Award in 2006.
Jerry served as the Statewide CNLP Chairperson from 2008 through 2010. During this time, he worked diligently to improve the current 500+ page training manual, including proposing new chapters and developing them. Since 2008, he has also taken time away from his business to teach landscape principles and plant identification at the Region 3 CNLP review session for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Albany County.
The New York State Nursery and Landscape Association is a statewide professional trade association dedicated to advancing the interests of New York State’s nursery and landscape businesses and professionals by promoting sound business practices, expanding state and local markets, and exerting leadership in the development of sustainable communities.