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    2017 Great American Gardeners Awards

    2017 Great American Gardeners Awards

    The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is pleased to announce the distinguished recipients of the Society’s 2017 Great American Gardeners Awards. Individuals, organizations, and companies that receive these awards represent the best in American gardening and horticulture. Each has contributed significantly to fields such as plant research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, floral design, and teaching.

    Among this year’s winners is William A. McNamara, executive director and president of Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen, California, who is receiving the AHS’s highest honor, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, for his many important contributions to horticulture. The AHS applauds all of this year’s recipients for their passionate commitment to American gardening and their outstanding achievements within their area of expertise. This year’s Great American Gardeners Award recipients are:

    • William A. McNamara (Glen Ellen, California)—Liberty Hyde Bailey Award
    • Thomas G. Ranney (Mills River, North Carolina)—Luther Burbank Award
    • Allen Bush (Louisville, Kentucky)—Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award
    • Brienne Gluvna Arthur (Raleigh, North Carolina)—Emerging Horticultural Professional Award
    • Melissa “Missy” Marshall (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)—Landscape Design Award
    • Vivian Boley (Alexandria, Virginia)—Meritorious Service Award
    • Tom Fischer (Portland, Oregon)—B.Y. Morrison Communication Award
    • Julian Duval (Encinitas, California)—Professional Award
    • Lee Coykendall (Washington, DC)—Jane L. Taylor Award
    • Johanna Roman (College Station, Texas)—Teaching Award
    • Philadelphia Orchard Project (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)—Urban Beautification Award

    On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the American Horticultural Society will honor these award recipients during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet. This event will be held at the Society’s headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.ahsgardening.org/awards.


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    The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is an educational, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. One of the oldest and most prestigious gardening organizations, AHS is dedicated to making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Its mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America’s diversity through the art and science of horticulture; and to lead this effort by sharing the Society’s unique national resources with all Americans.