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Award of Excellence

Three Impressive 2020 Award Winners

Jon Carloftis

Award-winning landscape designer, author, popular lecturer and one of the pioneers in the design of rooftop and small-space gardens in New York City.  

Nominated by The Garden Club of Kentucky Inc. 

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John Forti

An award-winning garden historian, ethnobotanist, garden writer, local foods advocate, and biodiversity specialist for Slow Food USA.



Nominated by The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.  

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William Radler

Creator of the Knock Out® family of roses that revolutionized the rose-growing and gardening industries and the “Radler Rosarium” on his two-acre property.


Nominated by the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation

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National Garden Clubs, Inc., one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world, announces the 2020 winners of its highest honor, the Award of Excellence. 

“Each year, NGC’s Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional individuals, organizations or institutions that advance our organization’s goals and purposes,” said Gay Austin, president, National Garden Clubs Inc. “The Award of Excellence is our organization’s highest honor for non-members and by recognizing these deserving recipients from different parts of the nation, NGC hopes to educate and inspire others in communities coast-to-coast.”



For information on all NGC Awards, click here.

For questions about the NGC Award of Excellence, contact:
Donna Rouch,
NGC Award of Excellence Chairman