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 (marilynsgarden.com), 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