Presented to: John A. Karel, A leader of extraordinary vision, dedication and skill who has made remarkable contributions to the preservation and restoration of historic landscapes and civic structures of national significance.
2003 Beth Allen Straus
Presented to Beth Allen Straus in recognition of her long time commitment to the creation of gardens for the public's enjoyment and education, and her untiring efforts to provide the funding to secure their future.
2001 Anne Coppedge Carr
Presented to Ann Coppedge Carr for her profound impact on major facets of Atlanta's civic history. By any standard of measurement, the Cherokee Garden Library remains the crown jewel of Ann's widespread contributions to the city.
1999 Mary Price Ratrie
For giving unstintingly of her time, and for her lasting contributions to the growth and future of the Charleston, West Virginia area.
1997 Garden Club of Allegheny County
Presented to the Garden Club of Allegheny County for its organization, execution and follow-up of the Step-One Conference addressing environmental education.
1995 Natalie Leach Haslam
Presented to Natalie Haslam, for her continuous leadership and service to the causes of the arts, education, history, mental health, gardening and conservation in Knoxville and the state of Tennessee.
1993 River Oaks Garden Club
Presented to the River Oaks Garden Club, which since its inception in 1927, has been an active participant in beautification, preservation and conservation efforts in the greater Houston area, enhancing public awareness of horticulture.
1991 Elizabeth Craig Proctor
Presented to Mrs. Proctor, a member of the Garden Club of Nashville. By virtue of her leadership in promoting the quality of life in her own community, Belle Meade, Tennessee, she subsequently became its mayor, and has continued an innovative campaign to develop a master plan for landscape enhancement of the community.
1989 Betsey Beeler Creekmore
In recognition of her imagination and vision in conceiving and implementing the Dogwood Trails and Arts Festival, a remarkable community project, in the City of Knoxville, Tennessee; and for continuing to utilize her many talents in bringing the beauty, culture and history of her city to people in all walks of life.
1987 Ruth Capers McKay
For her energetic and enduring dedication to beautifying Boston's parks and public gardens, and for sharing her administrative talents in the city's best interests.
1985 Mrs. Richard M. Moore
For her concern for heer community and especially for her perserverance in the founding and development of the Des Moines Botanical Garden.
1984 The Garden Club of Palm Beach
For fighting to retain the highest standards in conservation and beautification in the community since 1929.
1983 Mary May Binney Wakefield
For improving the horticultural quality of New England's roads and parks, including hybridizing Cornus kousa and struggling to preserve endangered species.
1982 Mrs. Wesley w. Kyle, Jr.
For her lifelong concern with civic, cultural and community interests, which has enhanced the quality of life in the Beaumont, Texas area.
1980 Mrs. Brooks Brown, Jr.
For her lifelong concern with state, civic and community interests and her dedication to a better America.
1979 Mrs. Wilbur C. Windsor
In recognition of her 45 years in invaluable community service and outstanding civic achievement in restoration, preservation and beautification.
1978 Mrs. Corydon Wagner
Her knowledge of plants, sense of design and sense of purpose has had an extraordinary effect on the quality of life of the great Northwest.
1977 Montine McDaniel Freeman
In recognition of her role as the moving force in the restoration of the Gallier House.
1976 Iris Jennings Vail
For her extraordinary vision and dedication resulting in outstanding civic accomplishments.
1975 Elizabeth and Cartter Patten
Preservers of beauty in nature and in the works of men, their zeal for the public good makes them exemplars of noblesse oblige.
1974 Mrs. B. Tappen Fairchild
For a lifetime of productive involvement in civic affairs and projects for improving the quality of life.
1973 Mary Wise and Ben Parrott
With recognition of dual civic achievements for four decades, including religious, educational, philanthropic, cultural and horticultural activities; for their abiding generosity of spirit.
1972 Mrs. Benjamin M. Belcher
For creative coordinating leadership at the Bryant Park Flower Show, bringing to thousands an awareness of the beauty and importance of living plants.
1971 Jennie Taber Clarkson Dreher
For her enthusiasm, zeal and determination in restoring Ainsley Hall, and for initiating other projects that awakened community interest in the preservation of Columbia's historic past.
1970 Ellen Stokes Wemyss
For her vision, leadership and determination in the restoration and preservation of historic homes in Tennessee.
1969 Francis Battey Schwab
For the conceiving of and establishment of a major civic center and artistic achievement, "Christmas Trees Around the world."
1968 Mrs. John T. Wainright
For her outstanding career as City Commissioner of Miami, and later Vice-Mayor, which broought beautification and better living conditions to that area.
1967 Mrs. Pendleton Miller
For her courage, diplomacy, diligence and technical skill in bringing about the beautification of civic landscaping in the Seattle area.
1966 Mrs. Milton R. Underwood
Who, with the constant help of her husband, has completely recreated "Rosedown", one of the most beautiful plantations in the South. Through this they revitalized a whole township by providing residents with permanent employment and a source of pride.
1965 Mrs. Arthur L. Montgomery
Through whose efforts and determination to the Fragrance Garden for the Blind was created in Atlanta.
1964 The Westport Garden Club
For its vision, its energetic and continuing advisory, manual and financial help in making the Junior Gallery and Creative Arts Center of the Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, an important part of the cultural growth of the commu
1963 Mrs. Herbert McKelden Smith
For her forceful and successful approach to worthwhile projects, including the preservation and restoration of President Woodrow Wilson's birthplace and the founding of the Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
1962 French Broad River Garden Club
For establishment of the Biltmore Country Market.
1961 Mrs. John W. Becker
Outstanding civic leader, conservationist and horticulturist.
1960 Mrs. Stephen C. Clark
Distinguished for her many civic projects in Cooperstown, New York.
1959 Miss Ima Hogg
Horticulturist, distinguished in civic achievement and in the historic preservation of Houston.
1958 Mrs. Arnold M. Davis
Director, Garden Center of Greater Cleveland. For her numerous outstanding civic achievements.
1957 Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe
For the planting of Brown University, Pembroke College and other civic projects.
1956 Mrs. John Evans
For her limitless contributions to the city of Denver and the entire state of Colorado in the promotion of horticulture.
1955 Mrs. James Bush-Brown
For originating the Garden Association of Philadelphia, starting with flower boxes for the flowerless in low rent housing areas.
1954 Mrs. Balfour Miller
For originating the Annual Natchez Pilgrimage, which made possible the restoration of historic mansions and gardens.
1953 Mrs. Norman B. Livermore
For civic achievement.
1952 Mrs. Duncan McDuffie
For civic achievement and her work in the preservation of the Redwoods.
1951 Mrs. Laurie Davis Webster
For "The Garden That Feeds a Hospital", Egleston Hospital for children, Atlanta.
1950 Winnetka Garden Club
For planting and maintenance of garden at Benton House, Chicago.