The Garden Club of America (GCA) awarded its Distinguished Service Medal to Mount Auburn Cemetery’s President & CEO Dave Barnett at the GCA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis in May. According to the GCA’s official announcement, “Dr. David Barnett is dedicated to ecological, historically sensitive improvements at the 175-acre Mount Auburn Cemetery.”


In honoring Dave, the GCA hailed his “many notable accomplishments in the horticultural world, his significant impact on Mount Auburn Cemetery’s approach to its landscape’s treasured past and future sustainability and his passionate advocacy for the community of public gardens and their supporters.”


Laura Nash of the Cambridge Plant & Garden Club nominated Barnett for the award, which was supported by letters from the heads of six major public gardens as well as a celebrated landscape designer.