The nomination process for the 2023 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum (NSA, Awards is open now through September 29. Individuals and/or organizations may be nominated in the following four award categories:

  • Blazing Star Award: Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward advancing the horticultural use of native plants or the restoration of native plant communities in Nebraska.
  • Johnny Appleseed Award: Recognizes an individual who embodies the generous spirit of Johnny Appleseed through a sustained personal involvement in tree-planting in Nebraska.
  • Educator Award: Recognizes educators who have made an outstanding contribution toward advancing the knowledge and appreciation of plants among their students.
  • Community Landscape Award: Recognizes individuals, groups, businesses or organizations (including units of government) for the implementation of a landscape project or activity that has significantly improved the green infrastructure of a community.

To nominate an individual or organization for an NSA Award, please visit and complete and submit the electronic nomination form. Contact Hanna Pinneo at with questions. The 2023 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Awards ceremony will be held on November 3.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum plants Nebraska for healthy people, vibrant communities and a resilient environment. The organization offers resources to help Midwest gardeners improve their home and community landscapes, encouraging plants and landscapes that are beautiful and beneficial for individuals as well as the larger environment. To learn more, visit or contact the Arboretum staff at (402) 472-2971 /