For its outstanding achievement in preserving exceptional American gardens as integral elements of our national artistic and cultural heritage.
2011 Peter J. Hatch
Awarded to Peter J. Hatch for his commitment to horticultural excellence, his outstanding research and his vision to reestablish Thomas Jefferson's landscape at Monticello.
2010 Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
Presented to Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, for 150 years of inspiring leadership in historic preservation and farsighted ability to bring America's first president alive through restoration, interpretation and education.
2008 Mr. Michael C. Quinn
Presented to Michael C. Quinn, a lifelong preservationist who is curently President of The Montpelier Foundation. He has led his organization in launching and carrying out the most significant preservation project of this generation: the restoration of Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison. His career includes preservation, planning and policy work in both federal and state government, successful advocacy for the preservation of historic buildings in our nation's capital and important achievements at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
2006 Mr. J. Reid Williamson
Presented to J. Reid Williamson a legend in the field of preservation. He has preserved hundreds of buildings in Indiana and Savannagh, GA, and is founder of "Preservation Action". He is a fearless watchdog and lobbyist for preservation law, locally and nationally.
2005 Eleanor Weller Reade
Presented to Eleanor Weller Reade for her dedication to preserving garden history, as seen and appreciated in the GCA glass slide collection.
2004 Dr. William Seale, Jr.
Presented to William Seale, whose life work defines historic preservation, and who - as author, lecturer, and raconteur - has made our nation's history live for millions.
2000 Charles Eliot Beveridge
Presented to Charles Eliot Beveridge, whose editing, writing, speaking and consulting, have single-handedly assured Frederick Law Olmsted's place amongst the great Americans and thus made a lasting contribution to historic preservation in this country.
1998 William A. V. Cecil
For remarkable achievement in the preservation, improvement and economic development of Biltmore Estate.
1996 John Bartram Association
Presented to John Bartram Association, whose dedicated efforts to preserve a unique historic site, have resulted in the Bartram House Gardens in Philadelphia becoming a horticultural oasis for thousands of residents and tourists.
1994 Dr. Stuart Struever
Presented to Dr. Stuart Struever, Founder and Chairman of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, for his research of prehistoric American civilizations and for his innovative educational programs, which promote understanding of our past.
1992 Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Presented to Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, whose dedicated efforts as a conservationist, environmentalist and preservationist have resulted in New York City's Central Park becomong a horticultural oasis for thousands of residents and tourists.
1990 Rudy J. Favretti
For his outstanding and unique work in the restoration of a large number of historic gardens on the east coast of the United States. He has combined an academic background in landscape architecture with a feel for the historical significance of the gardens on which he worked to bring a true degree of professionalism to this very specialized field.
1988 Richard L. Kohnstamm
For his thirty-three years of dedication, persistence and business acumen in restoring Timberline Lodge to its original glory; and in appreciation of his vision for its future by founding the Friends of Timberline, a volunteer group committed to its care.
1986 The Garden Club of Virginia
For its dedication to restoring the gardens of Virginia's historic edifices.
1985 Earl D. Wallace
For almost single-handedly rescuing from oblivion the old Shaker settlement Pleasant Hill - the first restored village to be designated a National Landmark by the U. S. Department of Interior.
1984 Steele Burden
For founding the unique five-acre Rural Life Museum, which includes more than 15 restored buildings and an incomarable collection of artifacts and paraphernalia from Louisiana rural life.
1983 Mrs. Joseph M. P. Wright
For her service in all fields of historic preservation and for the excellence of her achievements, which are of great educational and inspirational value.
1982 Mr. Henry Lee
For his valuable role in promoting the restoration and preservation of historic gardens and buildings in Boston.
1981 Lila Acheson Wallace
For her creative philanthropy and determination through her generosity to preserve much of our heritage that would otherwise have been lost.
1979 Mrs. Neal S. Wood
Her lifelong work in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings has greatly enriched our nation.
1977 Alice Spaulding Bowen
By her untiring efforts she has helped preserve not only historical buildings and sites, but also the culture and art of the people of Hawaii and the Pacific.
1976 Antoinette F. Downing
Preserving rather than destroying - turning blight into beauty.
1975 Amy Bess Miller
She rescued and restored to its pristine condition of order and serenity the Shaker Village of Hancock.
1974 Gordon Gray
Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation 1962 to 1973; defender of our cultural heritage, savior of its monuments.
1973 Mr. & Mrs. John H. G. Pell
In recognition of unparalleled contributions at Fort Ticonderoga, the Museum, the Pavilion and the King's Garden, preserving an historic resource of incalculable worth to the nation.