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NEWS: County Fair Garden Show Award Recipients

Don and Dorothy Walker Prize Winner.  Photo by Jim Bishop

By Susan Starr.

The San Diego Horticultural Society is proud to have given seven Excellence in Horticulture awards to display gardens at the San Diego County Fair. These awards recognize the exceptional efforts of the many people who design and install the demonstration landscapes, a highlight of the Fair each year. Each award includes a cash prize ($100 for each of six awards and $500 for the Don and Dorothy Walker Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit) and a one-year membership in SDHS. Congratulations to the winning gardens, which we hope you will have the opportunity to see at the Fair.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

Don and Dorothy Walker Ramon Montes

Bill Teague Memorial Organic Earth Care

Nomenclature Accuracy San Diego Botanic Garden

Best Youth Garden Claremont High School

Best Expression of Garden Education San Diego Bonsai Club

Best Native Plant Garden California Native Plant Club,

San Dieguito Academy

Best Planted Container Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society

We also thank our judges for the hours they spent judging the display gardens. This is not an easy task, as all the gardens are unique and each has its own charm. The judges for this year’s awards were:

  • Jim Bishop, past SDHS president

  • Jason Chen, SDHS program chair

  • Marilyn Guidroz (, SDHS secretary and designer of award-wining 2010 and 2011 Fair Gardens

  • Frank Mitzel, SDHS president

  • Susi Torre-Bueno, past SDHS president and past newsletter editor

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