James MacKenzie of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery
2016 Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Award is to recognize individuals who have served PLNA, the horticulture industry and their community throughout their lifetime. This award is designed as a tribute to volunteerism in PLNA and outstanding achievements in the horticulture industry. The recipient is judged on their promotion of PLNA and the industry, their standard of ethics, and the level of activity within the Association. The PLNA Hall of Fame Award has a strong history in the Association, with the first recipient Albert F. Meehan in 1952.
The recipient of the 2016 Hall of Fame Award is James MacKenzie. Jim is the co-owner and President of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery in Kirkwood, PA. Octoraro is a forward thinking, progressive, environmentally conscious nursery which focuses on growing sustainable landscapes. Jim has been on the leading edge of these growing ideals that have garnered widespread traction in recent years.
Jim served as a 13-year member on PLNA's Board of Directors helping lead the charge in the various changes and transitions that the Association faced always looking to the future of the Association and the benefits to its members. After serving his last term on the Board of Directors, Jim remained active on the Nominating Committee. Jim continues to serve on the Government Relations Committee and also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the PLNA PAC.
In 2003 Governor Rendell appointed him to the Statewide Water Resources Committee where hes served as Vice-Chair. In 2005, Jim was presented the Green Achiever Award by the PLNA in recognition of his contributions to the Association and the Horticulture Industry.
"Jim was native plants before native plants were cool", said Hagan Hetz, CEO of Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc. and PLNA board member. "I have always been so impressed with Jim's problem solving skills. He has a very thoughtful, even-keeled approach and always focuses on what's best for our green industry even in cases where it might conflict with his own personal thoughts and feelings. Truly our green industry and PLNA are much better for Jim's contributions."