The Gold Medal program has honored and promoted woody plants of outstanding merit since 1979.
Nominations for Gold Medal Plants are submitted by home gardeners, garden designers, horticulturists, landscape architects, nursery owners and propagators to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. These plants are evaluated and chosen for their superb eye-appeal, performance, and hardiness in the growing region of Zones 5-7. Many winners are hardy in a much broader geographic range.
When a gardener acquires a plant designated a Gold Medal winner, he or she can be assured the plant will exhibit standards of excellence for pest and disease resistance, as well as ease of growing when planted and maintained appropriately. Gold Medal Plants are also chosen for their beauty through many seasons, whether it be foliage, flower, form or bark.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has selected the 2016 winners of the PHS Gold Medal Plant awards, recognizing exceptional plants for the home gardener and professional landscaper. For a third year, PHS and its Gold Medal committee also chose hardy favorites in the perennial category.
“The Gold Medal Plant program highlights exceptional trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials for the home gardener. These plants are easy to grow, pest free, and add beauty to the landscape for many seasons. Anyone looking for a great addition to their home garden should consider adding a Gold Medal Plant award winner,” says Joshua Darfler, Gold Medal Plant Coordinator and Retail Operations Manager, PHS Meadowbrook Farm.
Did You Know
The Gold Medal Plant program was originally conceived by noted nurseryman Dr. J. Franklin Styer, who realized homeowners and gardeners needed to learn about superior woody plants for their landscapes.