Keep Sedona Beautiful presented the sixth Norman B. Herkenham Award to Jason Lavelle on March 23 at its 33rd annual Native Plant Workshop. This award is given to people, businesses, or organizations that further the education and implementation of native plant landscaping.
While the Native Plant Workshop was originally created in 1978 by the late Maleese Black, one of the founders of Keep Sedona Beautiful, Norm Herkenham ran the workshops over the next 20 years. He served as president of Keep Sedona Beautiful 1984-85, and worked with Friends of the Forest when they first organized. He is known as the "Father of the Sedona Trail System" and was the first recipient of the Award.
Jason Lavelle studied at the University of Nebraska with a focus in molecular and cell biology. In 1997 he moved to Flagstaff, where he was employed by Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed. He continued his introduction to the plant communities of northern Arizona with Villegas Landscaping in Sedona, until finding, in 1999, his current position with Arizona Botanical Gardens in Clarkdale.
Jason attained his nurseryman certification through the Arizona Nursery Association and manages the nursery at Arizona Botanical Gardens, where together they promote xeriscape landscaping and provide a source for native and adaptive plants for the area.
Jason has lectured on these topics in association with KSB and the Yavapai County Master Gardeners. He continues to give presentations in the community with special authority on cacti and succulents. He also has contributed to the suggested landscape plant lists for Clarkdale and Sedona and enjoys helping people with landscape design and plant selection. Continued acquisition of knowledge in plant identification, uses, and herbal medicine are among Jason's favorite hobbies. Most of his free time is spent camping, hiking, and exploring the beautiful Arizona wild.
For more information on KSB go to www.keepsedonabeautiful.org or call 928-282-4938.