Honorary Medals Dinner

Massachusetts Horticultural Society invites you to the 117th Honorary Medals Dinner where we celebrate excellence in horticulture.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Hunnewell Building
900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA

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Thursday, October 20, 2015 6:30 PM Hunnewell Building

2016 HONOREES

THE GEORGE ROBERT WHITE MEDAL OF HONOR

HatchRevGardenerphotoPeter J. Hatch, Director Emeritus of Gardens and Grounds for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Keynote Speaker

Peter Hatch is currently an independent scholar living in Albemarle County, Virginia. He gardens, lectures, consults and writes about garden history. A celebrated author of four books on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, he was responsible for the maintenance, interpretation and restoration of the 2,400-acre landscape at Monticello from 1977 to 2012. He initiated the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, a unique nursery to preserve historic and Jefferson-related garden plants.

Peter J. Hatch and Monticello Vegetable Garden. Photo by Robert Llewellyn, courtesy of Thomas Jefferson Foundation

 

THE THOMAS ROLAND MEDAL

Darrell R. Probst, Plant Breeder and Epimedium expert

THE JACKSON DAWSON MEMORIAL AWARD

John Herbert Alexander III, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum

GOLD MEDALS
 
Karen E. Binder, for her work as Executive Director of Blithewold, Inc. reinvigorating the organization and further preserving the property as a garden and arboretum destination.

Clark W. Bryan, for his 14 years of service to Massachusetts Horticultural Society as Director of Operations

Hollis Perry, long-time volunteer (gardening, special events including Festival of Trees, Flower Show and Gardeners’ Fair, tour leader) and retiring member of the Mass Hort Board of Directors

SILVER MEDALS

Edward H. Elliman, for his work as Plant Ecologist for The New England Wild Flower Society

Jane S. Hirschi, for her work as Founding Director of CitySprouts developing outdoor classrooms and gardens in local school yards

Volante Farms, David Volante, Steven Volante and Teri Volante Boardman in recognition of the continued development of the farms, garden center and farm stand expansion

2015 HONOREES

  • Kris Jarantoski (center) receives the George Robert White Medal of Honor from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

  • Joann Vieira (center) receives the Thomas Roland Medal from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

  • The American Chestnut Foundation receives the Jackson Dawson Memorial Awardl from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

  • Roger Cook (center) receives a Gold Medal from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

  • Sarah Vance Hamilton (center) receives on behalf of Dorothy Hamilton a Gold Medal from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

  • Maureen Ruettgers (center) receives a Gold Medal from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

  • The Preservation Society of Newport County receives a Gold Medal from Kathy Macdonald, President and Wayne Mezitt, Chairman of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.