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2015 Award Winners

NGC Announces 2015 Award of Excellence Winners

National Garden Clubs Inc., announces the winners for 2015 of its highest honor: the Award of Excellence. The winners, who were recognized at NGC’s 86th annual convention in Louisville, Ky., include Ken Nedimyer, founder and president of the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, Fla., Dr. Paul Cappiello, executive director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., and Brian Vogt, chief executive officer of Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado.

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Dr. Paul Cappiello, winner of National Garden Clubs 2015 Award of Excellence

Dr. Paul Cappiello
Executive Director
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

Ken Nedimyer, winner of National Garden Clubs 2015 Award of Excellence

Ken Nedimyer
Founder & President
Coral Restoration Foundation

Brian Vogt, winner of National Garden Clubs 2015 Award of Excellence

Brian Vogt
Chief Executive Officer
Denver Botanic Gardens

Awards Overview

The following is an abbreviated listing of the awards for 2015-2017. Click here to jump to the Awards List web page for the complete list with more details and descriptions.

Awards of Excellence

  • Award of Excellence
  • Award of Excellence for State Garden Clubs
  • Award of Excellence for Regions

Civic Achievement

  • Civic Achievement
  • Garden Center Achievement
  • Special Civic Achievement

Conservation & Environment

  • Conservation
  • Roadside Beautification
  • Litter/Recycling/Reclamation
  • Conservation Education
  • Bird Protection
  • Butterfly

Historic Preservation & Historic or Memorial Gardens

  • Historic Preservation
  • Decoration of Historic Building


  • Horticultural Achievement

Horticulture Therapy & Garden Therapy

  • Horticulture Therapy
  • World Gardening
  • Horticulture Therapy Garden Project

Landscaping & Landscape Design

  • Landscape Design Education
  • Landscape Design for Church Gardens
  • Blue Star Memorial Landscaping Certificates of Merit
  • Landscape Design Consultants
  • Community Landscape Design
  • Landscape Design

Non-Competitive Awards

  • Life Membership Award
  • Membership
  • The National Gardener Award

Operation Wildflower Awards

  • The Roadside Award
  • The Civic Projects with Native Plants Award
  • Outdoor Classrooms, Nature Trails


  • Radio and/or TV
  • Publicity Press Book
  • National Garden Week
  • Website
  • Video/CD/DVD

Publication Awards

  • Literary Horticultural Interest
  • Publications I
  • Publications II

Service & Recognition Awards

  • Award of Distinguished Service
  • Citation for Distinguished Service
  • Member Award of Honor
  • Presidential Citations

Vision of Beauty Calendar

  • Calendar Flower Arranger of the Year


For questions concerning awards, contact:
Mary Ann Ferguson-Rich, Chairman: NGC Awards