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2018 Honorary Members

In keeping with its purpose, 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 2018:

William McNamara

Proposed by Orinda Garden Club, Zone XII
Seconded by Garden Club of Santa Barbara, Zone XII

As Executive Director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Bill McNamara has botanized extensively in East Asia and North America.  He has received numerous awards, had several articles published, lectures widely, and holds a third degree black belt in Aikido.  He is very concerned about the protection and conservation of endangered plant species. He was awarded the Eloise Parker Luquer Medal by the GCA in 2009. 

Daniel J. Hinkley

Proposed by Seattle Garden Club, Zone XII
Seconded by Tacoma Garden Club, Zone XII

Daniel J. Hinkley, nominated by Zone XII, was the founder of Heronswood Nursery and is now developing Windcliff on the Kitsap Peninsula near Indianola, Washington. He is an intrepid plant explorer, prolific author and public speaker, horticulture consultant, and educator. He was awarded the GCA Medal of Honor in 2004.


Roy E. Diblik

Proposed by Lake Geneva Garden Club, Zone XI
Seconded by The Kenilworth Garden Club, Zone XI

Roy Diblik, nominated by Zone XI, is the co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm, just north of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He is renowned for sharing his knowledge of native perennials. He has designed many landscape projects which have an emphasis on native plants and pollinators throughout the mid-West. Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ developed by Northwind Perennial Farm was awarded the Perennial Plant of the Year in 2014 by the Perennial Plant Association.