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T H E A M E R I CA N H O RT I C U LT U R A L S O C I E T YpresentsCelebrating theGardens of VirginiaEnjoying the Beauty and Bounty of the Earth23RD ANNUAL GALASATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016AT RIVER FARM, ALEXANDRIA1

AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETYGALA SPONSORSPLATINUMCooley LLPGOLDGeorge and Jane DiamantisKlaus and Marcia ZechSILVERHudson StudioBRONZESkipp and Mary CalvertJohn Marshall BankCATERINGWell DunnBENEFACTORBurke & Herbert BankLinemarkMark Busse ElectricOsamu and Holly ShimizuKatherine J. WardPATRONFred CrouchKolas Contracting, Inc.MEDIA SPONSORAlexandria TimesFAVOR SPONSORDrew Cariaso & Erich VeitenheimerThank you for your generous support!List incomplete at time of printing.

THE AMERICAN HORTICULTUR AL SOCIET Y'S23RD ANNUAL GAL ACelebrating theGardens of VirginiaEnjoyingEnjoying thethe BeautyBeauty andand BountyBountyofofthetheEarthEarthSEPTEMBER 17, 2016For the stewardship of River Farm and the Society’seducational programsHonored GuestJ. Dean NortonDirector of Horticulture, George Washington’s Mount VernonGala Host CommitteeLeslie Ariail, ChairHenrietta BurkeKaren DavisLaura DowlingJulianne JohnsonSusan D. Klejst, Director of Development & EngagementRiver FarmALEX ANDRIA, VIRGINIARiver Farm, national headquarters of the American Horticultural Society (AHS),is an historic 25-acre site on the banks of the Potomac River. Once part ofone of George Washington’s original five farms, River Farm hasbeen the home of the AHS since 1973.Thank you for joining us this evening.3

Dear American Horticultural Society Friends,“Like a good neighbor” the American Horticultural Society (AHS) and Mount Vernonhave always been there for each other over the decades. My introduction to theAHS was through Dr. Marc Cathey when he served as President of the Society in themid-1970’s. In addition to purple becoming my preferred flower color (thanks to theinfluence of Dr. Cathey, whose nickname was Dr. Purple), my association with theAHS for the past 30 plus years has been enlightening, educational, and delightful.There are few pursuits like horticulture that bring out the best in people. I find thatgardeners are inclined to be more grounded (no pun intended), realistic, sensitive,and giving than your average person. Each year, the AHS reaches out to thousandsupon thousands of such individuals through its publications and programs,and with its beautiful headquarters. Through its exceptional staff, dedicatedboard, devoted volunteers, and increased membership, the Society encouragesgardening for joy and inspires people across the country to be better stewards ofthis earth.A little known fact is that 23 has been my lucky number since childhood. I startedto work at Mount Vernon on June 23, 1969; I was married on June 23, 1985; andnow I am the honored guest at the 23rd Annual Gala. I am genuinely touched tobe recognized in this way by the AHS. This honor is confirmation of how blessed Ihave been through my professional and personal life. I met my wife in the boxwoodat Mount Vernon and I have the most amazing group of ladies, The Mount VernonLadies’ Association, as bosses. They are so supportive that they chipped in topurchase a table for our horticultural team to attend this evening’s Gala!Your presence tonight shows your own generous support of the AHS and gardening.Now I ask that you continue to show your enthusiasm by bidding on the silentauction items tonight, and in the online auction taking place October 14–27 (whichwill include my private tour of Mount Vernon for six guests). Your contributionssupport the Society’s programs and stewardship of River Farm, and I know aregreatly appreciated.Horticulturally yours,J. Dean NortonDirector of Horticulture, George Washington’s Mount Vernon4

Celebrating theGardens of VirginiaTo Our 2016 Gala Guests,Enjoying the Beauty and Bounty of the EarthWelcome to the American Horticultural Society’s 23rd Annual Gala. We thank youfor coming and hope that you have a wonderful and memorable time tonight.Our theme for this year’s Gala, “Celebrating the Gardens of Virginia: Enjoying theBeauty and Bounty of the Earth,” encourages us to reflect on the world aroundus and to take a moment to appreciate the richness that gardens — in everysense — bring to our lives. Whether beautiful gardens that provide refreshmentfor the eyes and soul, or bountiful gardens that provide nourishment and delightsfor our tables, tonight we raise our glasses to the many tangible and intangiblebenefits that gardens provide. We encourage you to stroll through the gardensthis evening as we give recognition to the many contributions that gardens largeand small make to our quality of life.This evening we celebrate the joys and rewards of gardening; the work of theAmerican Horticultural Society; and, the importance of River Farm and placeslike it. River Farm, as the national headquarters of the Society and a place thattraces its history to Colonial Virginia, reflects and supports the organization’svision of “making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens.” Itsymbolizes not only the historical perspective of gardening in America but alsoserves as one bright star in a constellation of gardens across America thatrepresent gardening today and gardening in the future. Working together, wecan make the Society’s vision reality and ensure that this great treasure willcontinue to be a place of beauty, inspiration, and education for generations tocome.We are so pleased to have you as our guest at River Farm. Your generosity insupporting the Society’s work is greatly appreciated and we hope that you havea wonderful evening.Sincerely,Sincerely,Amy BoltonBoard ChairTom UnderwoodExecutive Director5

Thank YouTo all our guests and sponsors for joiningThe American Horticultural Societyin honoringDean NortonandA Special Thank Youto Leslie Ariail, Henrietta Burke, Karen Davis,Laura Dowling, Julianne MuellerSusan Klejst and the AHS staffFor creating this wonderful eveningMARCIA AND KL AUS ZECHGOLD SPONSORS6

CelebratingtheCelebrating theGardensVirginiaGardens of thetheBeautyBeauty and BountySATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 20166 TO 10 PMCocktail Reception in the Garden,Silent Auction Opens6 to 7 PMDinner7 to 9 PMSilent Auction Closes8:30 PMMusic provided by The Seth Kibel Trioand EastCoast Entertainment.7

We are proud to be a part ofthe American Horticultural Societyand we applaud the AHS Staffand our fellow members!Mr. and Mrs. George DiamantisGOLD SPONSORS8

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HUDSONSTUDIOis proud to support theAmerican Horticultural SocietyandRiver Farm(our wedding site 11 years ago!)andsalute this year’s honored guestDean NortonLet us help you deliver your message — visually1199 North Fairfax StreetSuite 400Alexandria, VA 22314703.837.9094hudsonstudio.com10

A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWINGFOR THEIR YEAR ROUND SUPPORT OF THE AHS:Corporate MembersBonnie PlantsThe Care of TreesChapel Valley Landscape CompanyCorona, Inc.The Espoma CompanyOsmocoteOXOGarden Club DonorsBeverley Hills Garden ClubLutherville Garden ClubCentennial Garden ClubManassas Garden ClubCentreville Garden ClubChapel Square Garden ClubMount Airy Clay BreakersGarden ClubDominion Valley Garden ClubMount Vernon Garden ClubFive Hills Garden ClubQuantico Garden ClubFive Seasons Garden ClubSilver Spring Garden ClubGarden Club of Chevy ChaseThe Trowel Garden ClubGarden Club of WaynewoodJupiter Island Garden ClubTrowel Garden Club of TriangleKenwood Garden ClubYacht Haven Garden ClubList incomplete at time of printing.11

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MENUFIRST COURSEROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH TART AND ORGANIC GREENSHerb VinaigretteENTRÉECHAR GRILLED FLANK STEAKArugula And Pine Nut PestoGruyere Thyme Potato Pavé & Sautéed Market SquashVEGETARIAN ENTRÉE OPTIONMUSHROOM AND MEADOW CHÈVRE CHEESE STRUDELServed With A Sweet Balsamic ReductionDESSERTCARAMEL MACCHIATOYuzu And Chocolate CrumbleVegetarian Entrée Available Upon RequestTonight’s dinner was prepared by Well Dunn Catering.Our thanks to founder, Steve Dunn, and his talented staff.13

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THE AHS WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR IN-KIND GIFTS TO SUPPORT THESILENT AND ONLINE AUCTIONS. PLEASE, SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWINGINDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES, AND BY PATRONIZING THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS:Arena Stage; Washington, DCAtlanta Botanical Garden; Atlanta, GAJulia S. BachrachBelvoir Garden Club; Alexandria, VABettina Rizzi Leathers & Furs; Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBliss Nail & Lash Lounge; Alexandria, VAHenrietta and Taylor BurkeThe Honorable George H.W. Bush and Mrs. BushCaladesi Fishing Charters; Clearwater, FLSkipp and Mary CalvertDrew Cariaso and Erich VeitenheimerChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; Saint Michaels, MDChicago Architecture Foundation; Chicago, ILChicago Botanic Garden; Glencoe, ILClearwater Marine Aquarium; Clearwater, FLAnn CurreyKaren and Richard DavisDenver Botanic Gardens; Denver, COJane and George DiamantisLaura DowlingEnchanted Florist; Alexandria, VAFairfax Ferns Garden Club; Centreville, VAWilliam and Beth FinkFive Guys; Alexandria, VAForge Brew Works; Lorton, VAFratelli’s; Alexandria, VAGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon; Mount Vernon, VAGibson’s Restaurant Group; Chicago, ILGreat American Restaurants, Inc.; Fairfax, VAGreat Falls Garden Club; Great Falls, VAGreenstreet Gardens Flowers & Gifts; Alexandria, VAHampton Inn & Suites Alexandria; Alexandria, VANancy and Herbert HargrovesTerry M. HayesHayfield Farm Garden Club, Alexandria, VAPeter B. McClintock and Susan HinesHerman Miller; Washington, DCHilton Vancouver; Vancouver, WAEd HochardHolly Woods & Vines; Alexandria, VAPing and Phil HonzayKevin Howe and Betsy B. WashingtonTom HuberScott HurleyIngleside Vineyards; Oak Grove, VAJ & J Oriental Rug Gallery; Alexandria, VAFrank JessupThomas E. Johnson and Julianne MuellerDon JohnsonKing’s Jewelry; Alexandria, VAKramer Portraits, New York; New York, NYLandini Brothers Restaurant; Alexandria, VALaurel Garden Club of Burke/West Springfield, Springfield, VAMeg Carter Designs; Alexandria, VAMetroStage; Alexandria, VARachel C. Muir and Lauren HefnerLynn and Robert MurrayMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Chicago, ILNaked Mountain Winery; Markham, VAViveka and Josh NevelnDean NortonPresident Barack Obama and Mrs. ObamaPatrick O’BrienOXO International; New York, NYPatrick’s Fine Linens and Home Décor; Alexandria, VAPlow & Hearth: Madison, VAPotomac Riverboat Company; Alexandria, VAPort City Brewery: Alexandria, VAHarry and Grace RissettoRound House Theatre: Bethesda, MDSylvia and Kerry SchmeichelSheraton Denver West, Lakewood, COKevin SherlockHolly and Osamu ShimizuSportRock Climbing Center; Alexandria, VASpringfield Acres Garden Club; Falls Church, VADaphne and Gary SteinbergTempo Restaurant; Alexandria, VAThe Clifton Inn; Charlottesville, VAThe Drake Hotel; Chicago, ILThe Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Washington, DCThe North Carolina Arboretum; Asheville, NCThe Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, VAThe Sharper Cut, Inc.; Upper Marlboro, MDThink Fun, Inc.; Alexandria, VAThomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello; Charlottesville, VATotal Wine & More; Potomac, MDTradition de France; Alexandria, VATSALT Boutique; Alexandria, VAUnited States Capitol Historical Society; Washington, DCVictoria At Home; Alexandria, VAWashington Capitals; Washington, DCWashington Nationals; Washington, DCWashington Performing Arts; Washington, DCDavid WolffJoe ZadarekyMarcia and Klaus ZechList incomplete at time of printing.

CONGRATULATIONSThe Regent andVice Regents ofthe Mount VernonLadies’ Associationexpress their deepappreciation toDean Norton, whohas lovingly caredfor the gardens andgrounds of GeorgeWashington’s estatefor more than 45years.mountvernon.org16

American Horticultural Society Online AuctionOne on One withGreat Gardeners of North AmericaCourtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon EstateThis year’s online auction features exclusive opportunities to enjoypersonal, behind-the-scenes tours with notable horticulturists andlandscape designers throughout North America.Onlinebidding OpensOCTObeR 14www.ahs.org/auctionAmong the VIP tours you can bid on:Bidding closesnoon Eastern TimeOctober 27Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinoishosted by Kris Jarantoski, Executive Vice President & Directorn Includes a 2-night weekend stay at the iconic Drake Hotel with breakfast, in a lakefrontview room on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, and dinner at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish Housewith a 150 gift certificate.Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Coloradohosted by Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreachn Includes a 1-night weekend stay with breakfast at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginiahosted by J. Dean Norton, Director of Horticulturen Host up to six guests and also includes a tour of Washington’s grist mill and distilleryand a 1-night stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Alexandria Old Town South.The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, North Carolinahosted by George Briggs, Executive Directorn Includes a catered lunch for four.Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgiahosted by Mary Pat Matheson, President & CEOn Includes food, drinks and hotel stay for two.This is just a sampling of exceptional opportunities available. Look for more offerings andinformation on accessing the auction in e-news bulletins and online at www.AHS.org/Auction.17


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THE ALEXANDRIA TIMES IS HAPPY TO BEMEDIA SPONSOR FOR THE AMERICANHORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S GALA.The Times is a locally-owned, independent newspaperwith a weekly circulation of 19,000. We home deliver toBelle Haven, Old Town, Rosemont, Del Ray and BeverleyHills and our newspaper is distributed to high volumelocations in 13 zip codes.21

Congratulationsto the new AHS Board Directors:Laura DowlingTerry HayesRachel MuirTHANK YOU FOR YOURCOMMITMENT AND SUPPORTOF THE AHS!Making America a Nation of Gardeners,a Land of Gardens22

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The AmericAn horTiculTurAl socieTyTrAVel sTudy ProGrAm 2017 ToursSpringtime in Japan: inSpiring gardenS & LandScapeSapril 4-17, 2017With AHS Hosts Holly and Osamu ShimizugardenS of Southern ScotLandmay 16-25, 2017With AHS Host Dean NortongardenS of genoa, the itaLian riviera & fLorenceSept 5-14, 2017With AHS Host Katy Moss WarnergardenS of argentina: BuenoS aireS, mendoza & SaLtaoctober 30–november 8, 2017iguazu faLLS poSt-tournovember 8–10, 2017With AHS Hosts Jane and George DiamantisgardenS, Wine & WiLderneSS: a tour of neW zeaLandJanuary 2018With AHS Host Panayoti KelaidisAHS President’s Council Members Only!connecticut – June 26–30, 2017.Details on the trip coming this winter.For information about the AHS President’s Council, pleasecontact Susan Klejst at (703) 768-5700 ext. 127.For more information about the AHS Travel Study Programvisit www.ahs.org/travel, e-mail [email protected],or call (703) 768-5700 ext. 127 for Susan Klejst or ext. 132 for Emily Troyer.25

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THE AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S 25 TH ANNUALJoin us at the only national event of its kind for educators, gardendesigners, community leaders, program coordinators, and othersdedicated to connecting kids to the natural world. Explore topics ranging from curriculum to programmanagement to garden design and maintenanceduring four dynamic days of educational sessions,field trips, and expert keynote presentations. Experience the vibrant gardening and environmentalculture of the green Pacific Northwest. Share ideas, success stories, and inspiration withlike-minded colleagues from across the nation.E-mail: [email protected]: (703) 768-5700Follow us on Twitter:@AHS NCYGS (#ncygs17)FOR MORE INFORMATION:VISIT WWW.AHS.ORG/NCYGS27

Beautifulgardens and abreathtakingriver view fourmiles southof Old TownAlexandriathe perfect setting for your special eventRiver FarmFor more information, call(703) 768-5700 ext. 114or e-mail [email protected] East Boulevard DriveAlexandria, VA 22308www.ahs.orgAmerican Horticultural SocietyGreat AmericanGardeners AwardsProgramHonoring excellence since 1953The American Horticultural Society’sGreat American Gardeners AwardsProgram recognizes individuals andinstitutions that have made significantcontributions to American horticulture.Join us at River Farm for the Awards Ceremony on June 8, 2017.For details, visit www.ahs.org or call (703) 768-5700 ext. 121.28


American Horticultural Society2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORSChair1st Vice Chair2nd Vice ChairSecretaryTreasurerImmediate Past ChairExecutive CommitteeAmy Bolton, Falls Church, VAJane Diamantis, McDonald, TNMary Pat Matheson, Atlanta, GANancy Hargroves, Manakin Sabot, VAJ. Landon Reeve, IV, Woodbine, MDHarry Rissetto, Falls Church, VAMarcia Zech, Mercer Island, WASkipp CalvertTim J. ConlonLaura DowlingGay EstesTerry HayesTom JohnsonLouis B. LynnRachel MuirNancy RossHolly ShimizuEd SnodgrassErich VeitenheimerAlexandria, VADubuque, IAAlexandria, VAHouston, TXWoodinville, WAWashington, DCColumbia, SCArden, NCEnglewood, FLGlen Echo, MDStreet, MDAlexandria, VAExecutive DirectorPresident EmeritusTom UnderwoodKaty Moss WarnerAmerican Horticultural SocietySOCIETY STAFFBeth Colton, Office ManagerMary Chadduck, Horticulture SpecialistJanet Daniels, Events and Facilities ManagerDavid J. Ellis, Director of Communications/Editor of The American GardenerLeslie Fetty, Member Services AssociateSuzen Galvin, Executive Assistant and Associate Director of OperationsCharlotte Germane, Digital Communications ManagerSusan D. Klejst, Director of Development and EngagementNora K. MacDonald, Associate Director of Membership and Member ProgramsViveka Neveln, Communications Manager and Associate EditorSylvia Schmeichel, River Farm Manager and HorticulturistEmily Troyer, Development Associate and Travel Study CoordinatorJane Underwood, Volunteer Program Manager and HorticulturistMary Yee, Art Director and Managing Editor30

WHO WE AREFounded in 1922, the American Horticultural Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, hasbeen about connecting people with plants. Several educational and outreachprograms further a number of objectives at the core of our mission.PROVIDING USEFUL AND AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATIONThe American Gardener bimonthly magazine, including our online archive of nearly20 years of back issues, the AHS’s line of authoritative books, and our monthly Twitter#plantchat hours with guest experts are just some of the ways we provide gardenerswith the information they need to be successful.HELPING MORE AMERICANS ENJOY THE REWARDSOF GARDENS AND GARDENINGAHS members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits such as The American Gardenermagazine, the Annual Seed Exchange, and the AHS Reciprocal AdmissionsProgram, which offers members free or reduced admission to more than 300gardens across the country.CONNECTING TO TOMORROW’S GARDENERSThe AHS is committed to bridging the growing divide separating young peoplefrom the natural world. Since 1993, we have hosted the National Children & YouthGarden Symposium to help educators develop practical skills that will inspire thenext generation of gardeners and horticultural leaders. The AHS Internship Programoffers opportunities to explore various career paths in the horticultural field.RECOGNIZING HORTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTSAmerican gardening has advanced because of its champions. Through our annualGreat American Gardeners Awards, we recognize the achievements of individualsand organizations that have made significant contributions to the art and scienceof horticulture.SHOWCASING THE BEST OF AMERICAN HORTICULTUREWith 25 acres and scenic views of the Potomac River, River Farm is the perfectshowcase for the unique story of American horticulture. Features such as the AndréBluemel Meadow, the AHS Green Garage , which displays earth-friendly gardeningpractices, and the Children’s Garden, where families can explore the natural world,allow visitors of all ages to learn and grow.31

Making America a Nation of Gardeners,a Land of GardensAmerican Horticultural HS Gardeningtwitter.com/AHS GardeningAmerican Horticultural Societypinterest.com/[email protected] hort societyinstagram.com/am hort societyAmerican Horticultural Society7931 East Boulevard Drive(703) 768-5700www.ahs.orgAlexandria, VA 22308

(our wedding site 11 years ago!) and salute this year’s honored guest Dean Norton. 11 . Chapel Valley Landscape Company Corona, Inc. The Espoma Company Osmocote OXO Garden Club Donors Beverley Hills Garden Club Centennial Garden Club Centreville Garden Club Chapel Square Garden Club . Shera