Green Medal Sustainability Award
Introduced in 2017, the Green Medal Sustainability Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals or allied organizations working to address wise and respectful use of the land. Self-nominations are welcome.
Lois De Vries
Lois is Founding Executive Director of the Sustainable Gardening Institute and SGI's Sustainable Gardening Library, a one-stop resource for reliable information on how to grow flowers and food more sustainably. She holds an AB in Geology from Rutgers University.
A popular regional and national speaker, she has written for media with a nationwide audience, as well as for business, trade, academic, and cultural organizations. Her current work combines her two most enduring interests, gardening and the environment, with the power of mapping technology.
Lois’ love of nature’s wonders, gardening, and the outdoors started as a toddler, nurtured by her grandmother’s urban rose garden, mushroom and blueberry foraging trips, helping her mom with the vegetable garden, and picking wild strawberries at the family’s vacation cabin in the woods. In college. Geology field trips alternated with outings to the greenhouses of Long Island in search of uncommon plants.
Later, as Executive Director of the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, she established the Council’s long-running countywide Garden Tour.
While scouting garden locations for Doug Jimerson and Meredith’s gardening title editors, she was introduced to Garden Writers Association by the late Gotti Kelly. Lois joined GWA/GardenComm in 2004 and was drafted to chair the Sustainability Committee in 2011. During that time, she put forward a number of initiatives, and managed the editorial subcommittee for On the QT’s sustainability column.
And made some lifelong friends. Lois likens GardenComm to an extended family, whose
members may have their quirks, but are still family. She feels privileged to have been embraced by some of her long-time horticultural heroes and encourages new generations of garden lovers
to use their creative talents to spread the word about gardening’s pleasures and its place in the web of life.
Lois is honored to also be the 2019 recipient of GardenComm’s prestigious Green Medal Award, which recognizes the life, vision, and work of an honoree who embodies the highest ideals of leadership in promoting sustainable gardening.
“I have a big-picture, long-term vision that keeps me focused on the links between the health of the natural world and the physical and spiritual well-being of humanity. If we don’t keep the environment healthy, we won’t be healthy either,” she says.
Surrounded by wildlife, Lois works and gardens from the woodlands of Northwestern New Jersey, where she and her husband have raised five puppies for The Seeing Eye.
|Award Recipient||Year Honored|
|Lois De Vries||2019|