2012 Horticulture Award of Merit Winners
Jane Cheadle, Mill Mountain Garden Club
Jane not only shares her knowledge by leading in-club workshops and writing articles for the club’s newsletter she also teaches by example at community horticultural events. She regularly receives her club’s annual horticulture award.
Caroline Rann Darracott, The Augusta Garden Club
For years, Carrie has written articles for the Augusta Garden Club’s Weeder’s Reader. In addition to these articles, she has conducted horticulture classes for her club. As current president, she has led this year’s community service project of maintenance of the gardens at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. One of the early garden restoration projects of GCV, the gardens were designed in 1933 by Charles F. Gillette.
Kathleen Glass, The Rappahannock Valley Garden Club
Leeny has a protected native plant habitat on her property where she has cautiously tamed the wilderness of her home’s setting, allowing for natives to retain their habitat. She generously shares her knowledge of horticulture and is the go-to member when there is a need for a plant or information for any horticulture exhibit. If an unusual specimen is needed for exhibit, she most likely has it and is willing to share.
Cynthia D. Hall, The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore
Cynthia has been Chairman of the Grounds Committee at Ker Place (National & Virginia Historic Landmark) in Onancock. For several years, she has been liaison to the GCV Restoration Committee, working on the restoration of the gardens, fences and walkways at Ker Place. Additionally, she has been a most generous gardener, sharing unusual bulbs and plants as well as sound gardening advice. In 2010, she opened her gardens to GCV during its annual Horticulture Field Day.
Joyce Moorman, The Brunswick Garden Club
Joyce helped develop a plan of restoration and beautification of Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville. She supervised the implementation of new plantings and construction of a new memorial garden that honors the charter members of the Brunswick Garden Club.
Dana Parker, The Virginia Beach Garden Club
Holding both a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture, Dana’s background forms the basis for and adds to her contribution of time and energy to The GCV Common Wealth Award winning Wild Flower Garden at the Virginia Aquarium which benefits from the “hands on” care that Dana provides. She has served as president of the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Botanical Garden and for three years chaired the Rare Plants Booth for the Club’s annual fundraiser.
Nancy Cann Purcell, The Tuckahoe Garden Club of Westhampton
In 1964 and 1965, Nancy was President of The Tuckahoe GC. While living on Tiber Road in Richmond, Nancy amassed a large and varied collection of dahlias. Today she is 93 and still continues to have an active role in her club. Because of Nancy, dahlias blooms in many gardens in Richmond.
Jennifer N. Rinehart, Albemarle Garden Club
Actively involved in all things horticultural, Jennifer has been a member since 1997. She co-chaired the club’s Nellie Hough Garden Course, which is offered to the community at large every fall. Under her leadership, outstanding speakers were secured for the course and it had the largest enrollment to date. Most recently, her garden was featured in Virginia Gardener.
Mrs. Norman J. Smith, Winchester-Clarke Garden Club
Patsy, a horticulture judge, has given demonstrations to her club and other garden clubs about grooming flowers for shows. She has served as horticulture judge for local fairs as well.
Myra Stegall, The Garden Study Club
Since 2005, Myra has received her club’s horticulture award five times. As president of her club, she was involved in the multi-club behind-the-scenes effort to link GCV with the Martinsville/Henry County HistoricalSociety which resulted in the GCV awarding a landscape restoration project for the Henry County Courthouse.
Lorraine Warren Strickler, The Spotswood Garden Club
Loraine has always been a gardener from early childhood to the present and was a “green” gardener long before it became the popular thing to do. She and her husband have been involved in agriculture and the future of agriculture all around the world. They have participated in USDA programs and also international research as they traveled abroad to obtain first hand information for future planning.
Susan Wright, Hillside Garden Club
Susan has served as the chair of the historic Anne Spencer Garden, which is the major attraction of the historic home of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer. She also served on the Board of Directors and the garden maintenance committee of The Awareness Garden; a garden which honors families, friends and caregivers whose life has been touched by cancer.