People and Gardens

A new awards ceremony tradition began at the closing event of Canada’s Garden Tourism Conference.  The Garden Tourism Awards were presented to organizations and individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. The Garden Tourism International winner of the Event of the Year went to Taipei International FloraExposition, Taipei, Taiwan. The five North American Gardens "Worth Travelling For" included Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona; Kingsbrae Garden, St. Andrews, New Brunswick; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; New York Botanical Garden, New York, New York; and Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario. In the spirit of highlighting Canada and the world’s most vibrant garden experiences and Garden Tourism’s limitless potential, Canada’s Garden Tourism Conference, in consultation with various Canadian and international associations, was proud to announce the first recipients of The Garden Tourism Awards.

Jennifer Reily-ChetwynJennifer Riley-Chetwynd recently joined the Denver Botanic Gardens as director of marketing, PR, and special events. She had spent the previous seven years working for Rain Bird in corporate marketing, overseeing the company’s Intelligent Use of Water sustainability initiatives. She is currently serving as a director at large on APGA’s Board of Directors. For more information, click here.


Jason ReevesThe Southeastern Reference Garden Committee of the American Conifer Society has awarded the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson a grant to provide identification labels for the Gardens’ conifer collection. In addition, the $1,500 grant is to be used to help fund a one-day conifer symposium. The UT Gardens — Jackson are located on the grounds of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Research gardens and displays include a kitchen garden, a low-maintenance fruit demonstration orchard, an All-American Selection display, a no-spray rose research garden, turf wheel, turf variety trials, compost display, plant screen demonstration, and a magnolia collection. For more information, click here.
(Photo of Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens in Jackson)

Gardens by the Bay in Singapore held a 'Capping Up' event to celebrate the installation of the last piece of glazing in the Flower Dome - cool-dry or Mediterranean conservatory. The Flower Dome is one of two conservatories being built in the Bay South garden of the waterfront gardens in the Marina Bay. This conservatory is over 120,000 square feet in size and includes two restaurants and a 24,000-square-foot area that will accomediate up to 1,000 people. The ceremonial placement was done by Minister for National Development Mah Bow Tan and was attended by more than 200 invited guests and members of the media.

Richard BirThe American Horticultural Society (AHS) is pleased to announce the 12 distinguished recipients of the Society’s 2011 Great American Gardeners Awards. Individuals, organizations, and companies that receive these awards represent the best in American gardening and horticulture. Each has contributed significantly to fields such as plant research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, teaching, and plant conservation. Among this year’s winners is Richard E. Bir, an extension horticulture specialist emeritus with North Carolina State University, who is receiving the AHS’s highest honor, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, for his many important contributions to horticulture. The AHS applauds all of this year’s recipients for their passionate commitment to American gardening and their outstanding achievements within their area of expertise. For more information, click here.

APGA welcomes a new member: Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to provide multigenerational activities in education, environment, and enterprise. The four-and-a-half-acre Native Oregon Park features the trees and shrubs of Oregon planted by the seven climate zones of Oregon. Metal sculptures, an amphitheater, and ponds add to the ambiance and can be accessed by the walking trails throughout the park.