Each year, GardenComm recognizes industry excellence and service to the association with its Honors program. We hope you will take the time to submit a nomination on behalf of a deserving nominee. Self-nominations are welcome. Sitting officers and directors are not eligible for Honors recognition. The nominations for 2023 are now open through 5/15/23! Submit your nomination(s) here.
Hall of Fame Member ( See current and past winners ) is the highest honor GardenComm can bestow on a person whose life and career has materially affected and advanced the mission and values of GardenComm. Members only.
Honorary Member ( See current and past winners ) recognizes a non-member who is actively engaged in activities that, on a day-to-day basis, promote GardenComm’s mission and values on a national level. This individual’s efforts reflect the highest ideals of the organization.
Fellow ( See current and past winners ) recognizes a member in good standing who has demonstrated exceptionally high degrees of skill, professional ethics and dedication to the GardenComm mission and values. Two members may be elected Fellows each year.
Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Medal ( See current and past winners ) is awarded to one allied member who has contributed significantly to the promotion of home gardening and garden communications. Wil Jung (pronounced Yung), was president of the J.W. Seed Company, a family business founded by his father, and later served as executive director of the Garden Writers of America from 1984 to 1991.
Emergent Communicator Award ( See current and past winners ) recognizes a member under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exceptionally high degrees of skill, professional ethics and dedication to the GardenComm mission and values. One award winner will be named each year.
Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award ( See current and past winners ) recognizes individuals who communicate new ideas, concepts or scientific findings related to horticulture and gardening in terms that are easily understood by laypersons. Cynthia Westcott (1898-1983) was an American plant pathologist, author, and rose expert who was named to the Garden Communicators International Hall of Fame in 1982 and inducted as an honorary member in 1993. Non-member nominations welcome.
Green Medal Sustainability Award ( See current and past winners ) recognizes the accomplishments of individuals or allied organizations dedicated to wise and respectful care of the Earth, and implementation of sustainable and regenerative practices. Non-member nominations welcome.
Note: Sitting officers and directors of GardenComm are not eligible for GardenComm Honors.
Congratulations to our 2022 Honorees
GardenComm congratulates recipients of its 2022 Honors, recognizing excellence and service in the green communicators industry. Honorees were presented their awards during the Awards & Honors Virtual Program on Saturday, October 15th. If you would like to learn more about this years winners, please see Meet the Honorees.
A special thank you to the 2022 Honors Committee, including chair Deb Wiley, Becky Heath, Bill Thomas, Kelly Norris, and past chair Debra Prinzing, as well as the Sustainability Committee for all their work in selecting this year's honorees.