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Mike Kenton

Mike Kenton (1945-2009)

Mike Kenton Award of Recognition


Background: The Mike Kenton Award is an annual award presented to a FANN member in recognition of significant value and service to the Florida native plant industry. The award is presented at FANN’s Annual Membership Meeting. Nominations may be made by anyone; criteria apply (see below).

The award was initiated in 2011 under the direction of Past President Jerry Fritz, SUNCO Nursery in Lake Worth & Live Oak. The award is named after Mike Kenton, a much beloved nurseryman and character who founded Environmental Equities, an early native nursery in Hudson (Pasco County, FL) that offered a few of just about every native species that we know how to propagate, including many rare and endangered species.

Award Criteria

Nominees should be:

  • Active, established nursery (wholesale/retail) or associate (landscape professional or environmental consulting associate) members of FANN
  • Admired and respected in the industry for their knowledge and expertise
  • Involved in voluntary native plant educational and service projects
  • Significant contributors to local/regional/state projects using native plants

Award History

2013 Recipients: Mike Jameson, Native Green Cay and Richard Moyroud, Mesozoic Landscapes. Nominated by Sharon Dolan. Details pp. 54-55 of the Fall2013+2014 Native Plant & Service Directory.

2012 Recipient: Nancy Bissett, The Natives. Nominated by Brightman Logan. Details page 51 of the Fall2012+2013 Native Plant & Service Directory.

2011 Recipient: Brightman Logan, All Native. Nominated by Nancy Bissett; award presented by David Chiappini. A founding member of FANN, past president, longtime board member, Brightman developed one of the largest native landscape nurseries in the state. He has contributed significantly to numerous public and nonprofit native landscape projects and to professional native plant education throughout the state, having organized and implemented numerous educational programs and events. For nearly three decades, Brightman has been a sought-after speaker on native plants and native landscape design for events sponsored by ASLA, DEP, Florida Wildflower Foundation, FNGLA, FNPS, SWFWMD and other organizations. He has been a supportive member of Florida Native Plant Society and board member of the Florida Wildflower Foundation.


An ad hoc committee appointed by the FANN president shall issue a call for nominations, collect and review nominations, and propose selected winner(s) to the Board of Directors for approval. The committee shall be chaired by the immediate past president and be composed of four additional members to include: the current secretary, the president (co-president with longest tenure), the immediate past awardee, and one at large member to be selected by the committee chair.

Nominations can be made by anyone, not just FANN members.

A call for nominations shall be published no later than 90 days prior to scheduled award presentation.

Nominations can be submitted online via this form.

Nominations should be due at least 45 days prior to scheduled award presentation, to allow for the following:

  • Evaluation by committee
  • Proposal of Awardee by committee to Board of Directors for final approval
  • Distribution of press release to industry groups
  • Preparation for award presentation (plaque, presentation script and other details)

FANN POLICY: Mike Kenton Award description and criteria / Adopted Jan. 12, 2012