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The Veitch Memorial Medal
Veitch Memorial Medal

The Veitch Memorial Medal is an international prize issued annually by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).


The prize is awarded to "persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture".[1]


The prize was first planned in 1870, in memorial of James Veitch of Chelsea. At first, the prize was issued by the Veitch Memorial Trust and awarded at local horticultural shows, but from 1885 the Medals were awarded at the Orchid Conference. Since 1922, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), having taven over the Trust, has awarded the Medal.[2] By 2010 over 500 medals had been presented.

Winners since 2000 [3]

  • 2017 : Dominic Cole, Rod Leeds, Philippe Lecoufle, William McNamara and Andrew McIndoe [4]
  • 2016 : Sarah Carey, Diana Grenfell, Ernst van Jaarsveld (of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden), Marco Polo Stufano and Dr Ken Thompson.[5]
  • 2015 : Gillian Barlow, Robert Berry, Neil Bragg, Fergus Garrett, Charles Nelson, Penny Snell and John Pilbeam [6]
  • 2014 : Mark Chase, Martin Gardner, Antonio de Almeida Monteiro, Philip Baulk and Gianfranco Giustina (Italy)[7]
  • 2013
  • 2012 : Susyn Andrews (U.K.), John Elliott (Singapore), Chris Lane (U.K.), Hugh McAllister (U.K.), Beverley McConnell
  • 2011 : Graham Ross (Australia), Christopher Bailes (U.K.), Rosemary Alexander (U.K.), Keshab Pradhan (Sikkim, India)
  • 2010 : Dr. Stefan T. Buczacki, Bob Brown, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Haruhiko Nagata, Jennifer Owen
  • 2009
    • David Wheeler (founder and editor of Hortus: A Gardening Journal)[9]
    • Dr Joan Morgan (writer and historian)[9]
    • Jozef van Assche (Secretary ISHS)[9]
  • 2008
    • Dr James B. Beard for his lifelong contribution to the development and application of scientific principles to turfgrass culture. Dr Beard founded the International Sports Turf Institute and has served the international horticultural community for the past 50 years through research, teaching and leadership.
    • John Nelson for his outstanding practical work over many years in the restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of Cornwall's best-known tourist attractions.
  • 2007 : Rex Dibley, Daniel John Hinkley (born 1953), Lord Charles Howick (For the 2007 list of winners, please see 2007 Manual)
  • 2006 : Phillip Cribb, Otto Eisenhut, Aljos Farjon, A. Langton, Norman Looney
  • 2005 :
    • Anne-Marie Evans (A leading figure in botanical illustration, her worldwide influence has led a resurgence of interest in and greater understanding of the depiction of plants)
    • W.H. Frederick, M. Solomon, Sir Richard Storey (1937-), Timothy Whiteley
  • 2003 : Martin John Bukovac, Richard Bisgrove, J. Dowle, J. Moorby, Peter Raven (USA), S. Sherwood, Vicompte Philippe de Spoelberch (Belgian)
  • 2002 : Piet Oudolf (born 1944) (Dutch), Stella Ross-Craig (1906-2006),[10] B. Machin, John Massey, G. Ogden, Martin Rickard, Lady Emma Tennant, R. Williams
  • 2001 : Francis Higginson Cabot (1925-2011) (US/Canadian), Brian Duncan, Silviero Sansavini (Italy), P. Thoday

List of winners to 2000


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