In keeping with its mission, The Garden Club of America annually recognizes extraordinary efforts in the fields of gardening, botany, conservation, and education through the extension of honorary memberships. With appreciation for their achievements, the GCA welcome the following new Honorary Members for 2015:
Proposed by Rusticus Garden Club, Zone III
Seconded by Bedford Garden Club, Zone III
Page Dickey's distinguished career has spanned over 30 years. She is an esteemed gardener, garden designer and author of multiple books and articles on gardening. Some of her books include EMBROIDERED GROUND, THE GARDENS OF SPIRIT AND PLACE and DOGS IN THEIR GARDENS. She has written articles for House and Garden, House Beautiful and Elle Decor magazines. The garden at her home, Duck Hill, in North Salem, New York is nationally known and has been featured in many publications. Page lectures throughout the U.S. on plants and garden design. She is on the board of The Garden Conservancy and a co- founder of the Garden Conservancy's "Open Days" program, America's only national garden-visiting network, which has grown from 110 participating gardens in 1995 to more than 3,000 today. She is also on the board of Stonecrop Gardens and teaches at The New York Botanical Garden and The New York Horticultural Society. Page has been recognized with awards from The Garden Writers Association of America, Quill and Travel Certificate of Merit for Duck Hill Journal, American Horticultural Society and the Book Award for Breaking Ground.
Page's passion for gardening and her important contributions to the gardening community at large, along with her distinguished career as a gardener, her desire to encourage a love of gardening in others and to share her command and mastery of gardening with a broad audience dovetail perfectly with the goals set out by The Garden Club of America.
Proposed by Rumson Garden Club, Zone IV
Seconded by the Garden Club of Madison, Zone IV
Pre-eminent Rosarian, author, gardener and generous friend to many in GCA, Stephen Scanniello is presently the curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Starting as the general gardener and education associate at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, he rose to become the curator of their Cranford Rose Garden, one of the most acclaimed rose gardens in the nation. He is also President of the Heritage Rose Foundation and has worked tirelessly throughout his career to preserve heritage roses and is a judge for European and US Rose trials. Stephen's serious approach to determining best practices in rose care has led him to receive several awards, including the 2008 Zone IV Horticulture Commendation Award, Great Rosarian of the World Award in 2009, the 2013 GCA Jane Righter Rose Medal and the American Horticultural Society's Annual Book Award in 1998 with his book A YEAR OF ROSES. Stephen Scanniello lives for roses and describes each one as if he were describing a quirky, adored relative. In so doing, he easily attracts volunteers to his many projects with a peerless personal commitment to saving old garden roses locally, nationally and internationally.
Proposed by the Garden Club of Philadelphia, Zone V
Seconded by Wissahickon Garden Club, Zone V
In 1982 Larry Weaner founded Larry Weaner Associates outside of Philadelphia and in 1990 New Directions in the American Landscape, an annual conference and workshop series dedicated to advancing the art and science of natural landscape design. Larry is the driving force behind this new way of thinking about our landscapes from meadows to woodlands, bogs and roadsides. Using native plants to re-establish a healthy ecosystem is at the core of all his work. He has common sense suggestions for taming invasive plants while enhancing the environment for our natives. As a tireless lecturer and GCA national speaker, Larry has spoken to GCA clubs and at the Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference in 2013 as well as at a 2014 Zone IV Meeting hosted by the Englewood Garden Cub. Two of his native meadows are in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian. He has been published in Wildflower Magazine, and the American Nurseryman and is presently co- authoring a book with Tom Christopher. Larry's projects include large and small native wildflower meadows and gardens in private and public spaces as well as landscapes for the New York Department of Transportation, Strasburg Community Park in Strasburg, Pennsylvania and the National Audio-Visual Center in Culpeper, Virginia. The Friends of Wissahickon in Philadelphia invited Larry to consult on a multi-million dollar project in Fairmount Park restoring their bike trails. Larry's thought-provoking protocols address the natural colonizing abilities of native plants. It is clear that Larry Weaner's body of work contributes to the advancement of horticulture and ecological landscape in our country.
Proposed by Green Tree Garden Club, Zone XI
Seconded by Kettle Moraine Garden CLub, Zone XI
Recipient of the prestigious Great Rosarian of the World Award in 2008 and the GCA Jane Righter Rose Medal in 2011 William J. Radler hails from Greenfield, Wisconsin. Will is a nationally known hybridizer of roses who became famous in 2000 when he introduced the Knock Out Rose that received the All American Rose Selection Award that year. The Knock Out Rose was selected as the official flower for the Beijing Olympics. Owner of Rose Innovations since 1994, Will has cultivated over 20 different varieties of the Knock Out Rose and continues to create new low maintenance roses and other perennial specimens, twenty seven (27) in all. Last year seven (7) million of William Radler's roses were sold all over the world. Will graciously opens his property and outdoors research laboratory with music, to anyone interested in roses. He lectures willingly to garden clubs and other like-minded organizations all over the country. Will volunteers as a judge for All-American Rose Selections and is a consulting Rosarian for the Chicago Botanic Garden as well as a founding board member of Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens and is currently Director Emeritus, Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens with a continuing significant presence today. In 1992 he published ROSE GROWING SIMPLIFIED and ROSE GARDENING in 1995.
William J. Radler joins our other three Honorary Members as one of the many brilliant, passionate horticulturists who is a generous, modest, highly qualified, worthy individual willing to give back in so many ways as he or she shares his or her expertise.