Great American Gardener Award
I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that I’ve been named a Great American Gardener by the American Horticultural Society as the winner of the 2008 B.Y. Morrison Communication Award. It’s given for “effective and inspirational communication . . . that advances public interest and participation in horticulture.” It’s sort of the Pulitzer Prize of garden writing. I received the award at a banquet at George Washington’s River Farm, the society’s headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. You can read about it in the society’s magazine, “The American Gardener.”
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Garden Writers Association GOLD Award
It’s a real kick to win the Gold Award for the best newspaper garden writing in the country. This award means so much to me because it comes from my peers, people who like to get their hands dirty in the good earth. I received it at a dinner at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, during the association’s 2007 convention. The museum’s gardens surround the graves of famous rodeo bulls – and that’s no bull. The winning column – “Hope for Renewal” – was about a seedling that symbolized the rebirth of a famous copper beech at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, Long Island. You can read the original column HERE.