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2022 Spring Celebration

March 13, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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We invite members and special guests to celebrate our 2022 Scott Medal Winner and Award Bob Lyons. “In today’s world of rapidly changing and developing technologies Bob has been instrumental in furthering the dissemination of the vast world of plants and horticulture… In a world filled with specialists Bob has led the charge for diversity in both plants and in the educational experience for students,” remarked Bill Barnes of Barnes Horticultural Services.

Due to space limitations at the Inn at Swarthmore, the Spring Celebration is a Scott Associates members and invited guests only. It is a free event, but advanced registration is required by March 2. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

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“Foremost, Bob is a great educator who has influenced countless students. Bob has molded programs at universities and botanic gardens that reshaped their missions to better serve and engage the community. Bob’s true passion for horticulture is also exemplified in his countless articles, writings, and scientific findings which help to advance the field,” noted Steve Castorani, President of North Creek Nurseries.

“In his career as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum, director of the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture, faculty member at the University of Delaware, and his vast contributions to horticultural photography, Bob’s impact on the world of horticulture has been diverse and well recognized,” commented Richard Harkess, horticulture professor at College of Agriculture and Life Science at Mississippi State University.

Dean Emeritus of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Maryland Thomas A. Fretz noted: “Without a budget and little support other than some part-time student help, Bob laid the groundwork for what is today the Hahn Horticulture Garden, incorporated students into the maintenance program, and initiated a fundraising effort in the local community that resulted in what is today a highly revered focal point on the campus and the southwestern Virginia region. After 17 years at Virginia Tech and having achieved the rank of Full Professor and being recognized by the University with its outstanding teacher award (the W. E. Wine Award), Dr. Lyons left for North Carolina State University where he served as Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. During the 5-year period that Bob directed the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, he expanded the gardens and helped transform them into a regional horticultural showplace including a fundraising effort that culminated in the completion of the multimillion dollar Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the Arboretum.”

“… one of Bob’s greatest influences on the gardening world has been his Directorship of the Longwood Graduate program. His many students from this program are now scattered across North America and world in prominent positions at public gardens. … These graduates in turn touch the lives of so many gardeners and the gardening public,” noted H. Brent Pemberton, a professor and regents fellow at Texas A&M ArgiLife Research.

“Bob embraces opportunities to share his love of plants with Delaware’s green industry, master gardeners, and the gardening public. No matter if he’s in an auditorium, a classroom, the greenhouse, or garden, or assisting a customer at a plant sale, Bob’s enthusiasm is contagious. He opens participant’s eyes and mind to the beauty that surrounds them,” stated Valann Budischak, Interim Director of UD Botanic Gardens.

2018 Scott Medal Winner Paul W. Meyer noted “Throughout his career spanning over 40 years, Bob has advanced these ideals through his teaching, garden and academic leadership positions, and horticultural research. Through his many students who continue to amplify his ideals throughout the world, his work continues to have lasting and growing impact. He stands tall among the many outstanding horticulturists honored with the Scott Medal over the years.”

THE SCOTT MEDAL AND AWARD was established in 1929 to recognize individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2022 award of the medal together with $20,000 is given as an acknowledgement of “. . . achievement of great merit, recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.”


March 13, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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