Winners of RHS Awards Announced

Monday 27 February 2017

• Prestigious annual ceremony (22 February) recognises people who make exceptional contributions to horticulture • Leading gardening charity celebrates achievements and successes of those excelling in their fields

Yesterday, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK’s foremost gardening charity, announced the recipients of its prestigious annual awards for contributions to horticulture. 21 awards were presented at a ceremony at London’s Lindley Hall. The RHS Awards recognise both horticultural excellence and personal endeavour and are regarded internationally as being among the highest distinctions in horticulture.

The highest accolade the RHS bestows, the Victoria Medal of Honour is presented to British horticulturists deserving of special honour by the Society. It has been awarded to Jekka McVicar (Bristol) and Nick Dunn (Worcestershire). Jekka has been awarded 62 medals at RHS Flower Shows and served on a variety of committees. She is an honouree and has spent 10 years on the council, she also founded ‘Jekka’s Herb Farm’ in 1985 and is now a leading expert in herbs.

The other winner of the Victoria Medal of Honour, Nick Dunn has worked in the hardy and fruit nursery industries for more than three decades. He is the managing director of FP Matthews which is one of largest nurseries in the country. Nick has chaired the Agriculture and Development Board Hardy Nursery Stock, and is the current Chairman of the RHS Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee.

Dominic Cole (London), Rod Leeds (Suffolk), Philippe Lecoufle (France), William McNamara (California) and Andrew McIndoe (Hampshire) were all awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of art, science or practice of horticulture. Dominic is a chartered landscape architect and a fellow of the chartered institute of horticulture; Roderick is a well-respected judge at RHS shows, he is also Vice President and honouree trustee of the Alpine garden society. Phillipe Lecoufle runs Vacherot & Lecoufle one of the oldest orchid nurseries in the world and he has had an exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for 15 years. William McNamara is a successful and experienced collector of wild origin plants from Asia and is the founding horticulturalist and president of Quarryhill Botanical Garden and Andrew McIndoe has been the designer of the Hillier exhibit of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the past 24 years and is the managing director of Hillier nurseries.

The RHS Associate of Honour is presented to British citizens who have rendered distinguished service to the practice of horticulture during their career. It has been awarded to Sarah Eberle (Whitchurch), Susan Dickinson (Buckinghamshire), Ian Wright (Cornwall), Stephen Crisp (London) and Ivor Stokes (Wales).
The Harlow Carr Medal, given as an honour those who have made a significant contribution to horticulture in the North of England was awarded to Rae Beckwith (Newcastle upon Tyne). Rae is on the council for the North of England Horticultural society, and has been a member of The Guild of Horticultural Judges for 14 years and is currently Vice Chairman.

The Reginald Cory Memorial Cup which was designed to encourage the production of new hybrids of garden origin has been awarded to Nic van der Knapp (Netherlands) who founded Anthura, a company which is now a world leader in Anthuriums.

Other awards include the Wigan Cup, Eric Young Orchid Trophy, Stanley Lord Bowl and Lawrence Medal. Please find a full list of all the awards and the winners below.

RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon said “What an enormous honour it is to acknowledge and to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contribution to horticulture that all those individuals receiving awards today have made during their careers. A huge well done and congratulations to all.”

For further information and images of recipients collecting their award, please contact Jessica Lloyd: 020 7821 3364


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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. 209 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  

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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

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