Grounds Excellence Awards

SMU Mustangs Statue

In many areas, the landscape at SMU is formal reflecting the programs taught
in the surrounding buildings while meeting the environmental needs of Dallas.
Where possible, we let our imaginations go, showcasing some plants that
many would not be familiar with, while demonstrating the large pallet of
material which can be use in North Texas. We want to help educate the public
on what plants can be used at their homes and what it takes to make them
flourish. Our landscape helps set the tone for what those who live, work and
attend college will expect during their time at SMU.

Grounds Management Excellence Award 

Professional Grounds Management Society
Green Star Awards® competition

2004 - Honor Award
2005 - Grand Award
2008 - Honor Award
2009 - Grand Award
2012 - Honor Award
2013 - Honor Award
2014 - Honor Award
2015 - Honor Award
2018 - Honor Award
2019 - Honor Award
2020 - Honor Award
2023 - Honor Award


PGMS Salutes Southern Methodist University for Grounds Management Excellence

Forest Hill, MD (October 2019) – The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recognized Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with an Honor Award in the Society's 2019 Green Star Awards® competition. The award was given in the Urban University Grounds category for exceptional grounds maintenance. Winners were honored during the Society’s 2019 Awards Dinner held October 17 in conjunction with the School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, KY, October 15-18.
Highlighted with Iris, Artemisia, Roses, and Snapdragons, the oval bed in front of A.C. Simmons Hall compliments the unique collegiate Georgian architecture, providing all who visit, live, work and attend classes a beautiful, relaxing, and inspirational landscape.

The Green Star Awards program brings national recognition to grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence, complimenting other national landscape award programs that recognize outstanding landscape design and construction. Overall, PGMS presented 2 Grand Awards, its highest honor, as well as 16 Honor Awards and 7 Merit Awards in seven categories of competition. To view a complete list of winners please visit


About the Professional Grounds Management Society
Serving the profession for over 100 years, PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. Further information on PGMS is available online at