RHS Celebrates Outstanding Contributions to Horticulture

Friday 13 February 2015

UK’s foremost gardening charity announces prestigious awards list

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s foremost gardening charity, has announced the recipients of its esteemed annual awards for contributions to horticulture. Presented at a ceremony in London on 26th February, the RHS Awards will recognise both horticultural excellence and personal endeavour and are regarded internationally as being among the highest accolades in horticulture.

Gillian Barlow, Robert Berry, Neil Bragg, Fergus Garrett, Charles Nelson, Penny Snell and John Pilbeam will all be awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture. All recipients have had an exceptional impact in their area of expertise.

Sarah Cook, Simon Goodenough, Robert Haslam and Sally Kington are to be awarded the RHS Associate of Honour, which is presented to British citizens who have rendered distinguished service to the practice of horticulture either as employers or employees throughout their career.

The Harlow Carr Medal, given to honour those who have made a significant contribution to horticulture in the North of England, goes to Helen Bainbridge of Fir Trees Pelargonium Nursery, North Yorkshire. Helen lectures on pelargoniums and has regularly staged flower show displays receiving Gold medals.

Also recognised during the ceremony will be those awarded the Master of Horticulture, the Society’s most prestigious professional horticultural qualification. This year’s graduates are as follows: Mike van den Berg, Teija Ahjokoski, Tom Brown, Chris Day, Patrick Gardner, Ben Johnson, Paul Kettell, Philip Moreau, Harry Mycock, Michael Myers, Gemma Neech, Jenny Pitts, John McConnell and Cara Smith.

The Lawrence Medal, awarded annually for the best exhibit shown to the Society during the year will be announced at the ceremony on 26th February. The eight nominees are Birmingham City Council, Drointon Nurseries, Medwyn’s of Anglesey, Pheasant Acre Plants, R A Scamp Quality Daffodils, South West in Bloom, Todd’s Botanics and Vacherot & Lecoufle.

RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to everyone receiving an award. It is an honour to be able to recognise the extraordinary contribution that these individuals and organisations have made to horticulture.”

Other awards bestowed include the Jones-Bateman Cup, the Holford Medal, the Anthony Huxley Trophy, the Colin Spires Herb Trophy and the Williams Memorial Medal. For a full list of award winners please see notes to editors. 


Notes to editors

For further information please contact Naomi Dirks naomidirks@rhs.org.uk / 0207 821 3105

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 About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 210 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a
healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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