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2017 Honorary Members

In keeping with its mission, The Garden Club of America annually recognizes extraordinary efforts in such fields as gardening, botany, conservation, education, and design through the extension of honorary memberships. With appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcomes the following new honorary members for 2017:

Bruce Crawford

Proposed by Stony Brook Garden Club, Zone IV
Seconded by The Summit Garden Club, Zone IV

A graduate of Bucknell and Rutgers University School of Landscape Architecture, Bruce Crawford founded his own landscape design firm, Garden Architecture Inc., in 1983. While still managing his residential landscape business, Bruce also assumed the position of adjunct professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers in 1987. A gifted lecturer and horticulturist, Bruce Crawford was picked to head the Rutgers Gardens in 2005. In the 11 years as director, the 180-acre garden has become a resource center for gardeners of any age, for professional landscapers, and for landscape architectural students. The grounds include over 60 acres of designed beds, specialty gardens, tree and shrub collections, lawns and walking paths as well as the adjoining Frank G. Heylar Woods. Rutgers Gardens holds one of the largest collections of American Hollies in the United States, a large grove of bamboo, well known collections of shade, evergreen, and ornamental trees. Under the leadership of Bruce Crawford, Rutgers added the Rain Garden, the Sun and Shade Garden, the Otkens Garden, the Pollinator Garden, and the Farm Market. He has initiated a summer class in Public Gardens Management as part of the summer internship at Rutgers Gardens and has set up a collaborative program with the Central Park Conservancy and Maplewood Township. His current projects include developing a master plan for the gardens with a mission to study the future of horticulture by looking at the past.  Ever creative, Bruce and his team at Rutgers will put together a horticultural timeline looking at how the incredible changes in geography and geology in the past 400 million years have influenced the development of plants. In addition to his responsibilities as director, he has lectured at the PHS Jackson Lecture Series, the Hardy Plant Society, the Holly Society, the Shade Tree Commission, Master Gardeners, and many GCA clubs. He has contributed to Home Landscaping, Best of Fine Gardening-Garden Design Ideas, Fine Gardening magazine, and Dig It! and has been interviewed often by local news outlets as well as the New York Times.  In the spring 2016 issue of the Bulletin, he wrote a refreshing reminder of the value of trees for not only shade and texture but also for visual depth, subduing noise, and reducing stress in our residential landscapes. In addition, he actively helps select candidates for scholarships given by the New Jersey Committee of the GCA. Recently Bruce Crawford received the Rutgers Gardens Centennial Award of Distinction, the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Distinguished Service Award, the Medal of the Garden Club of New Jersey, the GCA Zone IV Horticulture Award and the Horticulture Commendation from Rumson Garden Club.

Orley "Chip" Taylor

Proposed by Perennial Garden Club, Zone VI
Seconded by Amateur Gardeners Club, Zone VI

Dr. Orley “Chip” Taylor has been a faculty member at the University of Kansas since 1969. Trained as an insect ecologist at the University of Connecticut, his research projects have included studies of reproductive ­­­isolating mechanisms in sulfur butterflies, reproductive and life history patterns in plants, comparative biology of European and Neotropical African honey bees and migratory behavior of monarch butterflies. He has authored or co-authored over 55 scientific papers, given 70 invited seminars at 39 universities and more than 100 talks to non-university ­­­­­­groups. In 2015 alone, Chip was invited to give 21 talks on monarch butterflies to a wide range of audiences including representatives of the agriculture industry, attendees at the Annual Meeting of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, and representatives of state and federal agencies at the Pollinator Transportation Summit at the invitation of the White House. In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, Chip visited with and advised government officials in a number of countries in South and Central America on the threats posed by African bees as their distribution expanded westward and northward. He has assisted with the production of at least 35 documentary films about African bees and monarch butterflies, most notably with National Geographic and Disney. He also served on the Scientific Advisory team for the documentary film “Flight of the Butterflies” that was released in IMAX to the Smithsonian Institution in 2012.

In 1992, Dr. Taylor founded Monarch Watch; a collaborative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers dedicated to the study of Monarch butterflies. A core feature of Monarch Watch is its monarch tagging program. Since 1992 over 1.3 million monarchs have been tagged by volunteers. Of these, over sixteen thousand have been recovered. This program has provided many new insights about the dynamics of the fall monarch migration.

Chip maintains a blog on the Monarch Watch website to which he posts updates on the status of the monarch population and commentaries on monarch conservation. A major focus of Monarch Watch is habitat restoration through both the Monarch Waystation and Bring Back the Monarchs programs. The intent of these programs is to replace habitat lost due to development, changes in agriculture and roadside management practices. To facilitate research on monarchs, he developed an artificial diet for monarchs in 2009. This development occurred just in time to collaborate on a project to send monarchs caterpillars to the International Space Station. The objective was to determine how monarch larvae, pupae and adults functioned in space. They did better than expected and students in over 450 classrooms were able to follow the monarchs on a daily basis. To further monarch conservation efforts in Mexico, Chip has supported the work of the Michoacán Reforestation Fund and Monarch Butterfly Fund. Although Chip recently retired, he remains dedicated to monarch conservation and is working hard to expand Monarch Watch’s ability to facilitate the production and distribution of milkweeds. Restoration of native plants is now Chip’s main priority and, to this end, among other projects, he is working with seven tribal nations in Oklahoma to restore native plants to their lands. 

Beyond his association with Monarch Watch, he is an Honorary National Director of Wild Ones.  Not only has he spoken to GCA clubs, he is ­­referenced in GCA publications including Conservation Watch, the Bulletin, and on the GCA’s website.  Of his many awards, Dr. Taylor has been recognized by the Kansas Honey Producers, the Lepidopterist Society, the J.I. Hambleton Award for Excellence in Research from the Eastern Apicultural Society, the Growing Green Pollinator Protector Award by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Berkeley Food Institute, and the Steeples Award for Service to Kansas.

­­He has also been the recipient of awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as well as corporations and notable NGOs. He maintains membership in the Lepidopterists Society, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Organization for Tropical Studies, the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Society for the Study of Social Insects, the Central States (Kansas) Entomological Society, the Monarch Butterfly Fund and the Grasslands Heritage Foundation.

Susan Rademacher

Proposed by The Village Garden Club of Sewickley, Zone V
Seconded by Carrie T. Watson Garden Club, Zone V

Praised for her leadership in stewarding parks and public spaces, Susan Rademacher was named parks curator in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a 20-year old non-profit organization that operates an award winning partnership with the City of Pittsburgh. With more than 1,700 acres to manage, Susan has raised more than $92 million to complete 17 major capital projects such as the new Frick Environmental Center and the Mellon Square Park in downtown Pittsburgh among many others as part of developing a master plan for the city’s parks system.  Susan gained experience in parks management having served as the assistant director of Louisville Metro Parks as well as the president of the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy from 1991-2007. In that capacity she produced a master plan for Louisville’s Olmsted-designed parks, created a volunteer program for ecological restoration of these parks, and built awareness of the importance of parks to the cultural landscape. In addition to being an active manager of public spaces, Susan has lectured and taught on various wide ranging topics in landscape architecture and historic preservation at leading universities and institutions, including but not limited to Harvard University, University of California Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, the Smithsonian, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Field Museum of Natural History, American Society of Landscape Architects, the Barnes Foundation, Cultural Landscape Foundation, DOCOMOMO, the Aspen International Design Conference, International Urban Parks Conference, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. An engaging speaker, she has shared her insights and expertise with many GCA clubs and is on the GCA’s national Speakers List. Her award-winning articles and books include Garden Design: History, Principles, Elements, Practice; Bold Romantic Gardens; Outdoor Living Spaces; Renewing Louisville’s Olmsted Parks and Parkways as well as a recent book on Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece. From 1977-87, Susan rose in the publishing world to become the editor-in-chief of Landscape Architecture magazine and a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Garden Design magazine. During a 30-year career, she has received numerous awards, including the Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Frederick Law Olmsted Award for Distinguished Leadership, the Grady Clay Award for Community Leadership, the Initiative Award from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Award of Excellence from The Garden Writers Association of America. Susan also has served on the boards of organizations such as the National Association of Olmsted Parks, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Historic Locust Grove, and currently serves on the boards of the Penn State Stuckerman College of Arts and Architecture and Chatham University Department of Landscape Architecture. She is a member of Preservation Pennsylvania, DOCOMOMO Pittsburgh, Society of Architectural Historians, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Susan Rademacher graduated from Miami University in Ohio and completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Daniel Nadenicek

Proposed by Peachtree Garden Club, Zone VIII
Seconded by Junior Ladies' Garden Club, Zone VIII

Dean of Environment and Design and the Draper chair in Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia, Daniel Nadenicek has dedicated his 25-year long career to research, writing, and teaching landscape architectural history, its practice and its theory. His work includes over 60 peer-reviewed presentations at conferences and institutions globally; in addition, he has published more than 50 articles and book chapters in scholarly publications. Of these, notable works include Landscape and Urban Planning, Landscape Journal, Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series, Journal of the New England Garden Society, and Pioneers of American Landscape Design. He also serves as editor of the Library of American Landscape History book series, Critical Perspectives in the History of Environmental Design, and co-founder of Landscape Journal.  He has held previous positions at the University of Minnesota, Penn State University, and Clemson University where Dean Nadenicek was professor and chair as well as the director of health communities and historic preservation for Clemson’s Restoration Institute.  At  the University of Georgia, he is involved with the Strategic Planning Committee, UGS Senior Administrators Committee, the Planning Committee for the 10th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference and the Wormsloe Science Advisory Committee. He has also been instrumental in managing the Founders Memorial Garden adjacent to the College of Environment and Design which commemorates the twelve founders of the American garden club movement. Of the many organizations in which he has participated, he is presently the president and member of the Board of Directors, Library of American Landscape History (Amherst, MA); Executive Council Member, Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (Madison , WI); Board of Directors Member, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (Buford, GA); Advisory Council member, UGA Press, Board of Advisors member, Southern Highlands Reserve (Lake Toxaway, NC); and member of the Board of Trustees, Wormsloe Institute of Environmental History. Dean Nadenicek has received numerous awards which over the last decade include the South Carolina American Planning Association Award, “Greenville, SC Master Planning”; the Outstanding Administrator Award, CELA; Fellow of Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA); and one of the Top 25 Most Influential Design Educators, Design Intelligence. His many projects reach far beyond the University of Georgia; he has been instrumental in the development of UGA’s Cultural Landscape Laboratory which has worked on nine preservation projects in five states including Wormsloe (SC), the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park forest (VT), Presidio Historic Forest (CA), the Pickens Courthouse and Reedy River Clean-up (SC), and the Bloedel Reserve (WA). Since 2010, following a conference in which Richard Louv spoke about Nature Deficit Disorder in children, Dean Nadenicek has been studying children’s awareness of beauty in nature and its impact on designed landscapes for children.