The Jim Peckosh Greening of the Midwest Memorial was established in 1998 by Mrs. Jim Peckosh to honor the memory of her husband. She donated a $5,000 endowment allowing the Western Nursery & Landscape Association each year to present the grant to a public project aimed at promoting landscaping in the Midwest. The grant is awarded at the discretion of the WNLA Board of Directors and given to projects in our member states on a rotating basis.
The current schedule is:
Recent Award Recipients
2018: On With Life's Therapeutic Grounds Project, Ankeny, IA
2017: Learning by Doing Students at the University of Nebraska
2016: Shelley Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Extension Specialist, Youth Programs, OSU Department of Horticulture Camp TURF (Tomorrow's Undergraduates Realizing the Future)
25 teenagers from around Oklahoma go to OSU for two weeks as part of an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education summer academy. During the days, they spend time with OSU professors in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Biosystems and Ag Engineering, and Entomology. They do hands-on activities like climbing trees with an arborist, mixing up pervious concrete pavers and testing them, cloning African violets in the lab, grafting vegetable plants, making dish gardens and more!
2015: Southeast Missouri State University Horticulture Club
Award being used to spruce up a butterfly garden with more plants. The butterfly garden was installed inApril 2014 at one of Cape Girardeau's city parks.
2014: Eisenhower High School in Wichita, KS
Award being used to develop landscaping around the new outdoor classroom pergola.