Harvey is an active member of the Northeast TN Nursery Association, the TN Nursery and Landscape Association, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and the National Contract Masonry Association .

Some of his awards include: USA Today Teacher of the Year for 2000, National Agriscience Teacher of the Year for 2002, US Forestry Service National Leadership Award for 2003, Leadership Award from the Governor of Tennessee, and the Johnson County Citizen of the Year. Harvey has also received the VIP citation from the Tennessee FFA Association and the Honorary American Degree from the National FFA Organization. Harvey was chosen as the 2008 state winner of the Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). In 2013 he was awarded the NAAE Southern Region Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harvey has earned a reputation of being honest, hardworking, and fair in his teaching profession as well as his landscaping business. Mountain View Nursery's reputation has spread mainly by word of mouth advertising. "Our success is grounded on old fashion honesty and integrity!!" Harvey's extensive knowledge of horticulture coupled with his vast experience as a botanist provide you with a winning combination of talent, education and experience unparalleled in the local area.

Mountain View Nursery and Landscaping, LLC is owned and operated by Harvey Burniston Jr. Harvey has a master's degree in agriculture education and has over 30 years experience designing and creating beautiful landscapes and water gardens.

Harvey retired after 30 years of teaching horticulture at Johnson County High School where he and his program were nationally recognized for accomplishments in the field of horticulture.

Harvey's legacy to the agriculture and horticulture vocational education program in Johnson County Tennessee is featured in the December 2010 edition of High Country Magazine.