Environmental Awards


The American Horticultural Society (AHS) Environmental Awards are presented at flower and garden shows around the country each year.

The awards recognize exhibits of horticultural excellence that best demonstrate the bond between horticulture and the environment, and inspire viewers to beautify home and community through skillful design and appropriate plant material.

Shows presenting the 2020 AHS Environmental Award:


CT-Earth Tones Nursery exhibit

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show 

WINNER: Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery owners Lisa and Kyle Turoczi were inspired by the writings of Rachael Carson and Aldo Leopold. Their garden display represents an 18th century abandoned mine in New England and its 200 years of healing and regrowth that have made it an important habitat and part of the larger ecosystem.

Northwest 2020

Northwest Flower and Garden Show 

WINNER: The Orca Recovery Garden, created by NW Bloom and the King Conservation District, made the connection between human-created garden spaces and the wild flora and fauna around us. The garden design emphasized the use of native plants, rain gardens to capture and retain runoff, and creative reuse of materials for planters and other features.

Southern Spring 2020

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show 

WINNER: “Between Every Two Pines is a Doorway to a New World” was inspired by environmental philosopher John Muir. Designed by Plant Man LLC’s Elton Lilies, the garden was a landscape of varied plantings and natural materials that enticed visitors to take a streamside stroll.

Maryland 2020

Maryland Home and Garden Show 

WINNER: “A Collaborative Garden with International Landscape Design and the American Landscape Institute students” demonstrated a strong environmentally conscious design full of native and pollinator-friendly plantings, wildlife habitat, and impervious paving with details and surprises to stimulate the senses.

Philadelphia Flower Show 2020

Philadelphia Flower Show 

WINNER: “The Olfactory Pathway” by Refugia Design, Ltd. presented a landscape that was both beautiful and ecologically functional. Board member Amy Bolton and Associate Director of Horticulture & River Farm, Dan Scott were in attendance to judge and present the Environmental Award.

San Diego County Fair Garden Show  

June 5-July 5, 2020
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California.
Contact (858) 755-1161 www.sdfair.com
A limited quantity of San Diego County Fair tickets at a discounted rate are available: if interested contact Cindy Benoit, Garden Show Coordinator at (858) 755-1161 ext. 2462