an honor from scott arboretum (come ‘attend’ the awards event virtually, free!)

TO SAY I WAS surprised would be understating it. A lot. When I got the call from the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania recently that I’d been named as the 2024 recipient of their prestigious Scott Medal, I was completely caught off guard.

I was also very grateful to be added to the list of people awarded the prize since 1930, who “have made an outstanding national contribution to the science and the art of gardening,” the arboretum website says.

Last week I was delighted to get another call from the staff there, this time alerting me that all of you can attend the virtual version of the awards event, free, on March 10 from 4:30 to 6 PM Eastern. I will be there in person, giving a speech (uh-oh!) and trying to remember how to behave in public.

The purpose of the award, the Scott website says, is “to promote a greater love of nature, make the nation more conscious of the beauty of the outdoors, develop a greater knowledge and love of plants and flowers, spread the gospel of better planting and designing, and arouse a wider interest in better planting and more beautiful gardens among all citizens.”

Sounds like something we definitely believe in, yes?

Hope to “see you” March 10. Here’s the link for free virtual tickets, and the overall page about the award. The past Scott Medal recipients list is here.

  1. Linda Bridges says:

    You deserve it Margaret! I truly love your writing and interviews…insight and observations. Thank you so much, and I’m glad I stumbled upon your site.

  2. Ann says:

    Congratulations on a well-deserved honor. I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive this. I have followed you for longer than I can remember, and enjoyed your work through books, podcasts, and even harking back to MSL. I look forward to your future work.

  3. Woozie Wikfors says:

    Acknowledging how important “catchy” terms can be, I would like to share one I came up with: Recently, during a zoom “A Way to Garden” class, Ken had an obviously negative visceral reaction to an image of a sea of Japanese Pachysandra. The class before, I had the same reaction to mention of a pollenless flowering plant (and I cannot for the life of me remember which, right now) I had just been seeing pollenless lilies and pollenless sunflowers and helianthus, and pollenless petunias, celosia and on and on and realizes the huge push do develop – – ecological eunuchs. Yes, allergy sufferers and clean tablecloth lovers should be able to enjoy flowers too, but at what cost?

  4. Carol Hart says:

    Congratulations Margaret! Certainly well deserved. I have enjoyed both your podcasts and blog posts for several years now. I have learned so much!

  5. Margaret Katz says:

    Congratulations on achieving this award. You are an inspiration to so many happy gardeners and I personally love enjoying your podcasts. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and expertise!

  6. Michele says:

    I’m sure your followers aren’t as surprised as you are. You deserve this award! I always enjoy your articles and podcasts. There is a sea of Master Gardener card carrying so-called aficionados out there, but you are the real deal. Thanks for all the great articles and podcasts that real gardeners can glean honest and inspiring information from!

  7. Eileen Mason says:

    I was at Swarthmore today for the Peony club and Jeff announced that you were coming! Congratulations on the award! I hope to be there. I mean I’ll try because I would love to meet you. I have another commitment that day but I will do my best!

  8. Gail E Morrell says:

    Congratulations Margaret! I’m a forever follower, I look forward to your Sunday posts every week! Thank you for all your research, time and commitment.

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