Vinnie Drzewucki is a smart guy. He's the horticulturist behind the scenes -- and often behind the help counter -- at Hicks Nurseries in Old Westbury. You might have seen him there, sharing his 25+ years of knowledge and expertise to panicked gardeners clutching diseased twigs and soil samples. He also is the nursery's information and marketing specialist, and has been bestowed with several prominent honors and positions in the industry over the years, including Certified Nursery Landscape Professional of the Year (2007) and CNLP State chair (2005-06). Plus, he served more than an decade as president of the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors (1996-2007).
That's why I was so happy to hear Monday morning that the NYS Nursery & Landscape Association will be giving him its 2010 Hall of Fame award on Aug. 26 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.
After attending High School in Floral Park (appropriately, wouldn't you say?), and earning various degrees from Farmingdale State College, SUNY Old Westbury and Adelphi University, Vinnie became active in the field, later authoring "Gardening in Deer Country" and "Beds and Borders in Deer Country" (Brick Tower Press) and is currently an adjunct professor at Farmingdale State University. Today, he lives in Freeport with his wife, Lisa.
"Vinnie has worked very hard over the years on behalf of the industry and Hicks Nurseries to promote and strengthen the nursery business throughout New York State. This award is truly an honor and well deserved recognition," says his boss, Hicks Nurseries president Stephen Hicks. I couldn't agree more.