Nick Dunn and Jekka McVicar awarded Victoria Medal of Honour

Frank Matthews' managing director Nick Dunn and herb grower Jekka McVicar have been awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH), of which there are only 63 holders at any one time.

Jekka McVicar
Jekka McVicar
Jekka McVicar has received 62 RHS Gold medals as a herb grower and is an author, consultant, judge and moderator.

Nick Dunn's company produces fruit and ornamental trees, chairs the RHS Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Committee and is a member of the Defra National Fruit Collection Advisory Committee.

At a recent ceremony, Sarah EberleSusan DickinsonIan WrightStephen Crisp and Ivor Stokes received the RHS Associate of Honour for distinguished service to horticulture during their careers.

The Veitch Memorial Medal was awarded to Dominic ColeRod LeedsPhilippe LecoufleWilliam McNamara and Andrew McIndoe – all recognised for their outstanding contributions to the science, art and practice of horticulture.
Former Hillier Nurseries managing director McIndoe has designed 25 gold medal-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
 
He is now a freelance garden designer, writer, speaker and book author and horticultural consultant.


 
Andrew McIndoe with RHS president Sir Nicholas Bacon
McIndoe said: "I am overwhelmed and delighted to be awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS. During the past forty years, I have had so much pleasure sharing my love of plants and gardens with new and experienced gardeners alike. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to help others on their career path in this wonderful industry and to encourage those that enjoy gardening as a pastime. The RHS is an amazing organisation which brings us all together, and I am honoured to be part of it."  
 
Other awards:

Master of Horticulture (RHS) Designed for horticultural supervisors and managers working in the industry, the RHS Master of Horticulture is the Society’s most prestigious professional horticultural qualification. It is of degree level, and holders of the award may use the designation MHort (RHS) after their name.

In 2017 the Master of Horticulture was awarded to: James Allan, Lindsay Berry, Alex Brotherton, Richard Curle, Julian Curtis, Richard Easton, John Guy, Clifford Hallam, Maria Lumb, Barty Meredith-Hardy, Colin Quinney, Stuart Simpson, Dr Ellen Walden, Carole Webb.

EH Trophy: Provided from a fund bequeathed in 1961 by the late W J M Hawkey in memory of his grandmother, Mrs Elizabeth; his mother, Mrs Ellen; and his wife Mrs Emma Hawkey. This award is offered for the best exhibit of cut flowers shown to the Society during the year.

In 2017 the E H Trophy was awarded to W. S. Warmenhoven for their exhibit of AlliumAmaryllis, Ornithogalum and Nectaroscordum at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Stanley Lord Bowl: Provided in 1998 by the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society (now Perennial), on loan from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, this trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of fruit shown to the Society during the year at any of its Shows.

In 2017 the Stanley Lord Bowl was awarded to R V Roger Ltd for their exhibit of orchard fruit at the Malvern Autumn Show 2016.

Westonbirt Orchid Medal: Provided from a fund presented in 1960 by Mr H G Alexander in commemoration of the collection of orchids made at Westonbirt. The Westonbirt Orchid Medal is awarded annually to an individual for any scientific, literary, or any other outstanding personal achievement in connection with orchids.

In 2017 the Westonbirt Medal was awarded to Brendan Sayers.

Peter Barr Memorial Cup: Presented in 1912 by the Trustees of the Peter Barr Memorial Fund in commemoration of Mr Peter Barr. The cup is awarded annually on the recommendation of the RHS Bulb Committee to someone who, in the Committee’s opinion, has achieved good work of some kind in connection with daffodils.

In 2017 the Peter Barr Memorial Cup was awarded to Gordon Hanks.

Anthony Huxley Trophy: Instituted in 1994 in commemoration of Anthony Huxley, a Vice-President of the Society and Chairman of the former Floral ‘C’ Committee. This award is presented annually to the best group exhibit of plants normally grown for decorative effect in a protected environment including greenhouses, conservatories or dwelling houses, at a show judged by the RHS Tender Ornamental Plant Committee, or by a panel from, or including members of, that Committee during the year.

In 2017 the Anthony Huxley Trophy was awarded to Kelnan Plants for their exhibit of restios and South African plants at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

RHS Orchid Trophy:

The RHS Orchid Trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the most finely grown orchid plant shown to the RHS Orchid Committee during the year.

In 2017 the RHS Orchid Trophy was awarded to Stuart Knox for Schoenorchis fragrans ‘Dorothy’.

Reginald Cory Memorial Cup: With a view to encouraging the production of new hybrids of garden origin, this cup is awarded to a raiser whose hybridisation programme has resulted in the recent introduction and availability of new hybrids of merit. The award is not limited by plant hardiness or to the breeding of a particular genus or species.

In 2017 the Reginald Cory Memorial Cup was awarded to Nic van der Knaap, for his work with Anthurium, Cypripedium and Phalaenopsis.

Colin Spires Herb Trophy: Instituted in 2004, the Colin Spires Herb Trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of medicinal and/or culinary herbs staged during the year at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2017 the Colin Spires Herb Trophy was awarded to Hooksgreen Herbs for their exhibit of herbs at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Farrer Trophy: Instituted in 1959 in commemoration of Reginald Farrer, plant collector and authority on alpine plants, this trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of plants suitable for the rock garden or alpine house staged during the year at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2017 the Farrer Trophy was awarded to Kevock Garden Plants for their exhibit of alpine, bog and woodland plants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Gordon Lennox Trophy: First presented by Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox in 1913, this trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of vegetables staged during the year at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2017 the Gordon-Lennox Trophy is awarded to Medwyn’s of Anglesey for their exhibit of vegetables at the Malvern Autumn Show 2016.

Eric Young Trophy: First given in 2013, this trophy is awarded to the exhibitor of the most meritorious group of orchids staged at any RHS Show during the year.
In 2017 the Eric Young Orchid Trophy was awarded to Vacherot & Lecoufle for their exhibit of orchids at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

Williams Memorial Trophy: Instituted in 1896 by the Trustees of the Williams Memorial Fund in commemoration of B S Williams, the medal is awarded for a group of plants and/or cut blooms of one genus (fruit and vegetables excepted) which shows excellence in cultivation, staged at one of the Society’s Shows during the year.

In 2017 the Williams Memorial Medal was awarded to Dave Parkinson Plants for their exhibit of South African Disa orchids at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016.

MRS FE Revis Prize: Provided from a fund presented in 1960 by Miss A K Hincks in commemoration of her sister, Mrs F E Rivis, with a view to encouraging excellence in cultivation. This prize is awarded to the gardener or other employee responsible for the cultivation of the exhibit for which the Williams Memorial Medal is awarded.

In 2017 the Mrs F E Rivis Prize was awarded to Dave Parkinson.

Holford Medal: Presented by the Executors of the late Sir George Holford in 1928, the Holford Medal is awarded for the best exhibit of plants and/or flowers staged during the year by an amateur or group of amateurs at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2017 the Holford Medal was awarded to the Alpine Garden Society for their exhibit of alpine, rock and woodland plants at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Wigan Cup: Presented by the late Mr A L Wigan in 1911, the Wigan Cup is awarded for the best exhibit shown to the Society during the year by a Local Authority.

In 2017 the Wigan Cup was awarded to Birmingham City Council for their exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Lawrence Medal: Instituted in 1906 to celebrate Sir Trevor Lawrence’s 21-year tenure of office as President of the Society, the Lawrence Medal is awarded annually for the best exhibit shown to the Society during the year.

Nominees included: Ashwood Nurseries, Hampshire Carnivorous Plants, Pheasant Acre Plants, Southfield Nurseries, Tale Valley Nursery & Vacherot & Lecoufle.


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