Awards and In the Media


Spring 2023 A Farmer's Family Legacy

Bennett, Jim, Robert, and Tom

2023 NCAE Doing Good Award

Mari Johnson

2022 Horticultural Industries Leadership Award

Bennett, Jim, Robert, and Tom 

Sunbelt AG Expo

2022 Swisher/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year

Robert Saunders on behalf of the Saunders Family  

4P Foods

2017 Farmer of the Year Award

Saunders Brothers, Inc


2016 GrowerTalks/Dümmen Orange

Young Grower Winner

Jane Stanley


Outstanding Department Alumni Award



Tom Saunders


Virginia Agribusiness Council

2015 Agribusiness of the Year

Saunders Brothers, Inc


The Washington Post June 2015

Boxwood Gets a Makeover

Saunders Brothers, Inc


Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award

2014 – 15

Jim Saunders


Outstanding Department Recent Alumni Award


2014 – 15

Sonya Lepper Westervelt



2014 VNLA Professional of the Year

Presented to Paul Saunders

For outstanding service and dedication to the Nursery Plant Industry by the VA Nursery and Land Association.

Southern Nursery Association

2013 SNA Environmental Leadership Award

For Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Stewardship

Saunders Brothers, Inc



Greenhouse Product News 40 Under 40


Paul Westervelt



Environmental Steward of the Year 2012

Saunders Brothers, Inc

For the Environmental Stewardship, Adaption of Best Management Practices, providing Practices, providing Educational Resources, for the Consumers and green industry, and following leading horticultural standards to minimize production impact on our environment.

Presented January 10, 2013


The Saunders Family

2010 – 11

Hall of Fame Award



PPA Young Professional Award


Paul Westervelt



Southern Living March 2009

A Growing Tradition 

Saunders Brothers, Inc



The Washington Post January 2007

Boxwood is Back and Smelling Better Than Ever

Saunders Brothers, Inc



Alumni Distinguished Service Award


Paul Saunders