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2017 Award Winners

Awards Banquet 88th Annual Convention
Richmond, Virginia | May 20, 2017

NGC Announces 2017 Award of Excellence Winners

ST. LOUIS (May 22, 2017)—National Garden Clubs Inc., one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, announces the 2017 winners of its highest honor, the Award of Excellence. The winners, who were recognized at NGC’s 88th annual convention in Richmond, Va., include Alan Steinman, Ph.D., the Allen I. and Helen J. Hunting director of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University in Muskegon, Mich., Pearl Fryar, creator of the inspiring Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville, S.C. and the Heirloom Seed Project at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Maine.

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NGC 2017 Award of Excellence Winner Joy Bossi Photo by Lee Lonsberry

Alan Steinman, Ph.D.
Radio Host
Gardening Instructor

NGC 2017 Award of Excellence Winner Heirloom Seed Project at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Maine

Heirloom Seed Project
Medomak Valley HS
Waldoboro, Maine

NGC 2017 Award of Excellence Winner Pearl Fryar

Pearl Fryar
Certified Horticulturist

Awards Overview

The following is an abbreviated listing of the awards for 2017-2019. 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

Native Plants and 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