The CNLP of the Year award recognizes an individual’s extraordinary commitment to the green industry, his or her family and community, and the betterment of others through the Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional Program. The award is presented at the NYSNLA Court of Honor on opening day of the New York State Fair in August.
Beth Fry, Senior CNLP is 2018's CNLP of the Year. A past president of NYSNLA's Region 4, the Central New York Nursery & Landscape Association (now PLANT CNY) and chair of NYSNLA's CNLP Committee since 2015, Beth has been in the horticulture field since 1997. She became a CNLP in 1998 and a Senior CNLP in 2015.
Beth is a landscape designer and sales manager at Green Scapes, Inc., in Jamesville, NY. Green Scapes is one of Central New York's largest wholesaler/retailers of professional-grade landscape materials and tools. The company also designs, builds and installs beautiful and functional landscapes for residential, commercial and institutional customers through the region.
In addition to her service as president of PLANT CNY and state CNLP chair, Beth is the senior director from Region 4 on the NYSNLA board.
She joined the Executive Board of Region 4 in 2011 as secretary and became president in 2014, serving two terms. When her successor as Region 4 president moved out of state, Beth returned as acting president for the remainder of the year. As Dave Ryan, Senior Lifetime CNLP, who presented her with the CNLP of the Year award, put it, "Beth basically held Region 4 together for four years."
In 2017, she also served as the point person for NYSNLA's presence at the New York State Fair, securing volunteers and materials to prepare the NYSNLA courtyard and staff the NYSNLA booth during the fair.
In nominating Beth for CNLP of the Year, past honoree Kim Schichtel, CNLP, noted, "Beth is the embodiment of the saying, 'If you want something done, ask a busy person.'"
Beth has received multiple awards from Region 4 for her commitment and dedication.
2006 - Edward Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2007 - Vincent Drzewucki, Senior CNLP
2008 - Ralph W. Tuthill III, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2009 - David Linehan, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2010 - Jason Engel, Senior CNLP
2011 - Michael Grimm, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2012 - Jerry Parmenter, Senior CNLP
2013 - Sally Cunningham, CNLP
2014 - Kim Schichtel, CNLP
2015 - Julie Liebmann, CNLP
2016 - Dannielle Carr, CNLP
2017 - Melissa Daniels, CNLP