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GCA Medal Winners: Achievement Medal


2020 Arabella Dane

North Shore GC of Massachusetts, Zone I

With appreciation for her long-standing dedication, leadership, selfless mentoring, and wise and forward-thinking vision for the GCA and the world of garden clubs.

2018 Laura Bush

Founders Garden Club of Dallas, Zone IX

For her work protecting our environment and national resources and her accomplishments in the fields of conservation, historic preservation, and civic improvement.

2017 Amy Freitag

The Weeders, Zone V

For her inspiring leadership, expertise, and creative vision in landscape conservation design, civic improvement, and historic preservation that have given life to environmentally challenged areas. 

2016 Arete Warren

Millbrook Garden Club, Zone III

In recognition of an inspiring visionary, whose erudition, formidable energy, and perseverance stimulate the love and knowledge of books and gardening.

2015 Nancy D'Oench

Middletown Garden Club, Zone II

In recognition of Nancy D'Oench, a star of many facets--accomplished floral artist, exemplary judge and teacher, passionate writer and editor, and inspirational speaker and mentor.

2014 Joanne Lenden

Fort Orange Garden Club, Zone III

For her energetic, creative, and generous leadership, and her achievements in horticulture, photography, judging, and historical archiving. 

2013 Shirley Meneice

Carmel-by-the-Sea Garden Club, Zone XII

Presented to Shirley A. Meneice for her unfailing enthusiasm in sharing her knowledge while constantly inspiring GCA members to explore the horticulture world.

2012 Jan Pratt

Three Harbors Garden Club, Zone III

In recognition of her extraordinary leadership and horticultural achievement on both the local and national levels over her many years of membership in The Garden Club of America.

2011 Suzanne Willliams

In honor of her deep reverence for nature and in recognition that true conservation heroes toil unheralded to protect our planet for future generations.

2009 Emma White Seymour

For her outstanding furtherance of the aims of The Garden Club of America, and her willingness to share her enthusiasm, energy and expertise with others.

2007 Christine Freitag

Akron Garden Club, Zone X

Heartfelt conservationist and environmental activist, she was in the vanguard of the citizens working together to create what has become the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and inaugurated the GCA "Partner for Plants" project in the park. She initiated and undertook leadership of Scenic Ohio and founded The Friends of Metro Parks, an organization assisting in the preservation of the parks in Ohio.

2006 Francis H. Cabot

Chairman and founder of The Garden Conservancy, whose strong leadership has helped focus hundreds of thousands of amateur gardeners, garden historians and private owners on the need to and the actual preservation of important and possibly endangered

2005 Corliss Knapp Engle

In recognition of her talent, knowledge, dedication and hard work in the field of horticulture, photography and writing, which have made a vast difference to The Garden Club of America.

2004 Nancy Peterson Brewster

Presented to Nancy Brewster, whose dedicatioon and exceptional talents evident in Plants that Merit Attention, have advanced the art of horticulture in GCA and the many other institutions she supports.

2003 Nancy Thomas

The Garden Club of Houston, Zone IX

Former President of GCA, in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to horticulture, conservation and education and for her creative vision and commitment to the goals of The Garden Club of America.

2002 Sadie Gwin Allen Blackburn

Former GCA President, her achievements reflect the breadth of her interests, fields of study and writings: historic preservation, horticuture, landscape design, garden restoratioonm land preservation and conservation, and ultimately, the environmental movement in the United States.  She continues to impart her own specialized area of knowledge to improve community life.

2001 Louise Agee Wrinkle

Horticulturist par excellence, whose quiet but strong leadership has improved the landscape around us and has expanded all our knowledge.

2000 Lucia Smith Nash

A visionary defender of the natural environment, and a guiding force in educational institutions, whose selfless dedication embodies the mission and highest principles of The Garden Club of America.

1999 Laura Whitner Dorsey

For her constant dedication to conservation, flower arrangement, horticulture and preservation.

1998 Betty Cocke Winfree

For her true dedication to horticulture and her tireless commitment to the Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden.

1997 Gen Trimble

Garden Study Club of New Orleans, Zone IX

For her diverse civic accomplishments; mainly the restoration and development of the New Orleans Botantical Garden.

1996 Peggie Phipps Boegner

For her extraordinary vision and dedication in the preservation of Old Westbury Gardens as an outstanding place to appreciate a glimpse of days past and to enrich the lives of future generations.

1993 The Philadelphia Committee

For twenty-nine years of sustained accomplishments and horticultural contributions made possible by combining the talents and resources of 800 GCA members.

1992 Green Fingers Garden Club

For its creative work with local government in transforming Ferry Boat Landing Park from a deteriorating asphalt dumping ground into a scenic waterfront park serving 100,000 people a year.

1991 Permelia Pryor Reed

A visionary and indefatigable fighter in the finest sense of the word who has led a group of volunteers and professionals in the protection and enhancement of the natural beauty of Jupiter Island. In the process she has given generously not only of her talents, but of land, to make her dream a reality.

1990 Leith Symington Griswold

In recognition of her leadership in the restoration and embellishment of the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Maryland.

1989 Julia M. Fifield

In recognition of her lifelong devotion to the ideals and aims of The Garden Club of America, her success in the furtherance of these aims, and her outstanding achievements in the fields of horticulture, conservation, preservation and civic affairs.

1988 Helen Sharp Anderson

In recognition of her outstanding achievements in furthering the aims of The Garden Club of America; whether in historic preservation, garden restoration, or executive ability, she accomplishes her goals with quiet determination, intelligence and charm.

1987 Pamela C. Copeland

For her establishment of the Mount Cuba Center, for her vision in preserving rare and endangered plants, and for her understanding of horticulture and conservation.

1986 Mrs. Russell M.Arundel

For her efforts to improve and protect the quality of the environment, especially focusing on the critical problem of preserving tropical rain forests.

1985 Ann Lyon Crammond

An accomplished horticulturist, teacher and lecturer, who was instrumental in developing the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where she is currently Executive Director.

1984 Mrs. George Angus Garrett

For serving as spokeswoman for the GCA in the nation's capital for many years and for promoting the establishment of the National Arboretum and increasing its effectiveness over the years.

1982 Mrs. Peter R. ("Timmy") Gallagher

For her boundless energy and enthusiasm, her great knowledge and love of horticulture and for her many creative talents.

1981 Caroline Seelye Cadwalader

For her role in restoration and conservation programs, and for sharing her horticultural knowledge with thousands, through her work on the National Arboretum Herb Garden, her books and magazine articles.

1980 Mrs. Robert (Sally) MacBride

For her dedication to horticulture and for her conception and organization, as Founder and President, of the Friends of Filoli.

1979 The Pilgrimage Garden Club

In recognition of their leadership in historic preservaton as exemplified in the "Pilgrimage" of Natchez, Mississippi. 

1978 Dr. Peter Hamilton Raven

For his extraordinary ability in the fields of research, education and horticultural display, as exemplified by his remarkable achievements at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

1976 Margaret Day Dilks

For her inspiration and ceative vision in forming the Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America.

1973 Edith Foster Farwell

For her contributions to horticultural knowleldge and conservation. For her literary achievements, and for garden design, especially the herb gardens at the Chicago and Milwaukee Botanical Gardens.

1972 Edith Moutlon Sawin

In awareness of her creative contributions in many capacities, for furthering The Garden Club of America's objectives and for her dynamic interest in the preservaton of California's Redwoods.