The Freeman Medal, the only award GCA gives to a plant, acknowledges the cultivation and use of native plants.
In 1995, the Medal was given to GCA in memory of Montine McDaniel Freeman by her family. This annual award may be given to a tree, shrub, ground cover, vine or perennial that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion. The medal is awarded to an herbaceous plant in the even years, and to a tree or shrub in the odd years. As vines may fall into either category, please consult the GCA Horticulture Committee with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
The goals of the Freeman Medal are to:
Each year a plant will be selected from the nominations by the Plant of the Year Selection Committee. The Committee is comprised of a Chairman, plus 3 to 5 leading and nationally renowned horticulturists and experts in the nursery trade. The award is presented at the GCA Annual Meeting to the group or individual nominating the plant. In the case of cultivars, the award will be presented to the originator of the cultivar.
In complex cases, such as those where a cultivar was found in the garden of one person, propagated and named by another, marketed by a third party, and /or nominated for the award by a fourth party, the Freeman Medal will be awarded, when possible, to the person most closely connected to the recognition of the plant’s superiority. Certificates will be sent to all others. In the case of species, the medal will be presented to the individual or group nominating the plant.
If you have any questions about the process or would like to receive a Nomination Form, contact: email@example.com
The GCA now offers 27 merit based scholarships, fellowships and awards in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines, botany, including medicinal and tropical, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research.
In March of this year, 86 students and scholars were awarded over $300,000 to support a variety of academic endeavors ranging from summer environmental study and field work, to graduate level research. Their study will take place in institutions across the nation and some will do field work around the world.
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Nominations for the Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Award will be accepted by the GCA Horticulture Committee between March 1st and Dec 1st for the following year.
Nominate a Plant - recognize a plant that is under-utilized but worthy of preservation, propagation and promotion.