The American Horticultural Society (AHS) has recently announced that Director, Shane Smith is a recipient of one of their 2012 Great American Gardeners Awards. According to the AHS, Smith has been honored with the Professional Award, which honors a “public garden administrator whose achievements during the course of his or her career have cultivated widespread interest in horticulture.”
The American Horticultural Society distinguishes the individuals, organizations and companies that receive this award as representing “the best in American gardening and horticulture. Each has contributed significantly to the fields such as scientific research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, floral design and teaching.” Smith is the director and founder of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, the author of the book “Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion,” consults nationally on greenhouses and community greening as well as a continual contributor of gardening information for newspapers, radio and television.
Upon receiving the award, Smith stated, “This award is a testament to the great work of all involved in the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens including the staff, volunteers, Friends of the Botanic Gardens board, a supportive City Government and the support of my wife. They have all had a part in enabling Cheyenne to have a quality botanic garden, in a “can-do” city that was once deemed by many to be too small to support such an effort.”
The AHS will honor Shane Smith and the other 2012 award recipients at the American Gardeners Awards Ceremony this June in Virginia.