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    2015 Great American Gardeners Awards Recipients

    2015 Great American Gardeners Awards

    2015 Great American Gardeners Awards

    The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is pleased to announce the distinguished recipients of the Society’s 2015 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 E. Barrick, executive director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore, Alabama, 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 E. Barrick (Mobile, Alabama)—Liberty Hyde Bailey Award
    Floyd Zaiger (Modesto, California)—Luther Burbank Award
    Renee Shepherd (Felton, California)—Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award
    Smart Gardener, Inc. (Barrington, Illinois)—G.B. Gunlogson Award
    Liz Bullard (Seattle, Washington)— Horticultural Therapy Award
    Thomas Woltz (Charlottesville, Virginia)—Landscape Design Award
    Susie Usrey (Azusa, California)—Meritorious Service Award
    James A. Baggett (Des Moines, Iowa)—B.Y. Morrison Communication Award
    Paul Redman (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)—Professional Award
    City Blossoms (Washington, D.C.)—Jane L. Taylor Award
    Nina Bassuk (Ithaca, New York)—Teaching Award
    The Greening of Detroit (Detroit, Michigan)—Urban Beautification Award

    On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the American Horticultural Society will honor these award recipients during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet, held at the Society’s national headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Brief bios of each award recipient are available here. Photographs of the award winners and additional information about the awards program are available upon request by contacting Viveka Neveln at (703) 768-5700 ext. 120 or vneveln@ahs.org.

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    The American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, is an educational, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization 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.