The awards recognise horticultural excellence across the society’s shows, from outstanding exhibitors to awards for cultivation and research.
Prizes will be presented at the RHS Annual Awards Ceremony on 15 February on the eve of the London Plant and Design Show 2010.
1. Anthony Huxley Trophy – Instituted in 1994 in commemoration of the late Anthony Huxley, a vice-president of the RHS. It is awarded annually to the best group exhibit, staged by either an amateur or professional, of plants normally grown for decorative effect in a protected environment including greenhouses, conservatories or houses.
Brian & Pearl Sulman of Mildenhall , Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, for their exhibit of pelargoniums at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009.
2. A J Waley Medal – Instituted in 1937 by the late Alfred J Waley to provide an annual award to a working gardener who has helped in the cultivation of rhododendrons.
Mr Jaime Parsons of Caerhays Castle, St. Austell, Cornwall.
3. Colin Spires Herb Trophy – Instituted in 2004, the trophy is awarded annually for the best exhibit of medicinal and/or culinary herbs.
Jekka’s Herb Farm, Alveston, Bristol for its exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.
4. David Trehane Camellia Cup – Presented in 2000 by Miss Jennifer Trehane in memory of her father, David Cowl Trehane. It is awarded annually to a person who has significantly promoted or increased the knowledge of the genus Camellia.
Miss Jennifer Trehane of Dorset Blueberry Nursery, Wimbourne, Dorset.
5. EH Trophy – Provided from a fund bequeathed in 1961 by the late W J M Hawkey in memory of his grandmother, mother and wife. It is awarded in recognition of the best exhibit of cut flowers shown to the Society during the year.
Harts Nursery, Oakhanger, nr.Crewe – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.
6. Farrer Trophy – Instituted in 1959 in commemoration of the late Reginald Farrer, the plant collector and authority on alpine plants. This annual award is for the best exhibit of plants suitable for the rock garden and alpine house.
Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood, Kingswinford, W. Midlands – RHS London Plant and Design Show 2009.
7. George Moore Medal – Instituted in 1926 and presented by the late G F Moore. Awarded annually to the exhibitor of the best cultivar of a grex of Paphiopedilum, Selenipedium, Phragmipedium or intergeneric hybrid between these genera by the Orchid Committee.
Mr Ernst F, Horn, Siebenburgenerst, Hersfeld, Germany – RHS Orchid Show 2009.
8. Gordon-Lennox Trophy – Presented by Lady Algernon Gordon- Lennox in 1913. Awarded annually for the best exhibit of fruit or vegetables staged during the year at of the society’s shows.
Medwyns of Anglesey, Anglesey, Wales – Malvern Autumn Show 2009.
9. Holford Medal – Presented by the Executors of the late Sir George Holford in 1928. It is awarded annually for the best exhibit of plants and/or flowers (fruit and vegetables excluded) staged by an amateur or group of amateurs.
Hardy Plant Society – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.
10. Lawrence Medal – Instituted in 1906 to celebrate Sir Trevor Lawrence’s 21-years' tenure as president of the Society. Awarded annually for the best exhibit shown to the society during the year. (No exhibitor may receive this medal more than once in three years.)
Jekka’s Herb Farm, Alveston, Bristol – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009
11. Loder Rhododendron Cup – Presented in 1921 by the late Gerald Loder (Lord Wakehurst) in memory of his brother. The cup is awarded annually (but not more than once in seven years to the same individual) and in awarding it the judges consider, not merely the floral display, but the value to horticulture of the work of the recipient, whether such work includes the production of flowers or not.
Alan Clark of Westwood Rhododendrons, Great Orton, Carlisle.
12. RHS Award (formerly the Witan award) is given to the best exhibitor new to the Flower Shows held in Vincent Square, London.
Linda Eggins – (Holder of the National Plant Collection of Aucuba) Clent , Stourbridge, Worcestershire – RHS London Greener Gardening Show 2009.
13. Rothschild Challenge Cup – This is awarded by the Rhododendron and Camellia Committee to the best exhibit in which rhododendrons predominate.
David Millais of Millais Nurseries, Farnham, Surrey – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.
14. Stanley Lord Bowl – Provided in 1998 by the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society (now Perennial), on loan from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. It is awarded for the best exhibit of fruit shown to the Society during the year at any of its shows.
Ken Muir, Clacton on Sea, Essex – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009.
15. Westonbirt Orchid Medal – Provided from a fund presented in 1960 by Mr HG Alexander, in commemoration of the collection of orchids made at Westonbirt. It is awarded annually at the London Orchid Show by the Orchid Committee (a) to the exhibitor of the best cultivar of an orchid species or of a hybrid grex which has been show to the Society for the first time and received an award during the year or which, having received an award during the previous five years, has had the award raised during the year, or (b) for the most meritorious group of orchids, or (c) for the most finely grown specimen orchid, or (d) for any scientific, literary, or any other outstanding personal achievement with orchids.
Brian & Wilma Rittershausen of Burnham Nurseries, Newton Abbot, Devon.
16. Wigan Cup – Presented by the late Mr AL Wigan in 1911 and originally awarded for an exhibit of roses. It is now awarded for the best exhibit shown to the society during the year by a local authority.
Leeds City Council – RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009
17. Marsh Horticultural Research Award – This is sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust in conjunction with the RHS and awarded annually to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution or conducted long term research into fruit or vegetable growing.
Professor Paul Hadley, Reading University.
18. Williams Memorial Medal – Awarded for a group of plants and/or cut blooms of one genus (fruit and vegetables excepted) which show excellence in cultivation.
HW Hyde & Son, Ruscombe, nr. Twyford, Berks – Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009.
19. Mrs F E Rivis Prize – Presented in 1960 by Miss AK Hincks in commemoration of her sister, Mrs. F.E. Rivis, with a view to encouraging excellence in cultivation. The prize is awarded to the gardener or other employee responsible for the cultivation of the exhibit for which the Williams Memorial Medal is awarded.
HW Hyde & Son, Ruscombe, Twyford, Berks – Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009.
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