On the QT | The Official Newsletter of GWA August-September 2016 | Page 18

AmericAn HorticulturAl Society

2017 greAt AmericAn gArdenerS AWARDS

Liberty Hyde Bailey Award Given to an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to at least three of the following horticultural fields : teaching , research , communications , plant exploration , administration , art , business , and leadership .
Luther Burbank Award Recognizes extraordinary achievement in the field of plant breeding .
Paul Ecke Jr . Commercial Award Given to an individual or company whose commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the field of commercial horticulture contributes to the betterment of gardening practices everywhere .
NEW Emerging Horticultural Professional Award Given in the early stages of an individual ’ s career , this award recognizes significant achievements and / or leadership that have advanced the field of horticulture in America .
Since 1953 , the American Horticultural Society ’ s Great American Gardeners Awards Program has recognized individuals and institutions that have made significant contibutions to American horticulture .
Nominate your “ horticultural hero ”— a memorable professor , a favorite garden book author , or the driving force behind an incredible community project .
For a nomination form and additional information , visit www . ahs . org or call ( 703 ) 768-5700 ext . 121 .
Nominations are now being accepted for 2017 . Submissions deadline is August 31 , 2016 .
Landscape Design Award Given to an individual whose work has demonstrated and promoted the value of sound horticultural practices in the field of landscape architecture .
Meritorious Service Award Recognizes a past Board member or friend of the American Horticultural Society for outstanding service in support of the Society ’ s goals , mission , and activities .
B . Y . Morrison Communication Award Recognizes effective and inspirational communication — through print , radio , television , and / or online media — that advances public interest and participation in horticulture .
Professional Award Given to a public garden administrator whose achievements during the course of his or her career have cultivated widespread interest in horticulture .
Jane L . Taylor Award Given to an individual , organization , or program that has inspired and nurtured future horticulturists through efforts in children ’ s and youth gardening .
Teaching Award Given to an individual whose ability to share his or her horticultural knowledge with others has contributed to a better public understanding of the plant world and its important influence on society .
Urban Beautification Award Given to an individual , institution , or company for significant contributions to urban horticulture and the beautification of American cities .

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AHS app navigates conferences
The American Horticultural Society took its annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium mobile this year , thanks to one of the event ’ s sponsors , Guide by Cell . This company ’ s easy-to-use software allowed the AHS to create a mobile web app loaded with detailed information about the workshops , field trips , and scheduling , along with FAQs , and local dining tips . Attendees could navigate the conference on the go with only a smartphone . The AHS was also able to send text messages to all app users during the multi-day event . Check it out by sending a text to 56512 with ncygs in the message . Contact Guide by Cell for the many uses possible with its custom mobile apps and smartphone tours ; mention the AHS for a 20 percent discount .
Bartram ’ s recreates historic garden
Bartram ’ s Garden announces the restoration of The Ann Bartram Carr Garden , a 19th-century exhibition garden originally developed by Ann Bartram Carr and her husband , Col . Robert Carr . Ann was the granddaughter of John Bartram , America ’ s first botanist . Both the 1731 Bartram House and recreated garden are now open to the public .
• • • Donna Balzer wants to help people sell houses faster by boosting curb appeal . She is looking for input from real estate agents and home stagers about experiences with curb appeal — good and bad — for her upcoming book , Curb Appeal … Sell Your House Faster . If you know someone who could help , or if you have great ideas about what boosts curb appeal , email Donna . Everyone will be credited in the book . Deadline : August 25 .
• • • Toronto Star columnist Mark Cullen was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada , and for his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment . The Order of Canada , one of Canada ’ s highest civilian honors , recognizes outstanding achievement , dedication to the community and service to the nation .
• • • Christine Froehlich is now blogging about her own garden and those she has designed for others at gardeningwithwhatyouhave . com