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Distinguished Service Medal
The Distinguised Service Medal
is awarded for distinguished service in the field of horticulture.
History: it was presented and endowed in 1953 by Mrs. Robert D. Sterling, Garden Club of Dublin and Monadnock Garden Club, New Hampshire. Although Mrs. Sterling's primary interest was in conservation, she believed taht horticulture played an integral part in teh quality of life. Elizabeth Rhodes Reynolds designed the medal.
Previous recipients include Thalassa Crusso Hencken (1970) of the television series "Making Things Grow," Dr. J.C. Raulston (1993), Nancy McLaren (2003), and Florence Leanne Reed (2009) founder of ustainable Harvest.
Eligibility: Although preference is given to clubs or members of Garden Club of America clubs, the medal may be given to a non-member.
Presentation: may be annual
Selection: By the horticulture committee