The National Garden Clubs Inc. has announced that CBG Director, Shane Smith, has been honored their national “Award of Excellence.” National Garden Clubs is recognized as the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. According to National Garden Clubs Inc. “the Award of Excellence program annually recognizes individuals, organizations or institutions that have made significant contributions to their communities in such areas as environmental and civic responsibility, conservation, beautification and promoting the love of gardening,”
Upon receiving this award, Smith stated “To receive two national awards this year is a real surprise and honor. This exemplifies the fact that the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is on the national radar as a landmark and something that the people of Cheyenne can be proud of especially because unlike other botanic gardens, ours is a project that is essentially handmade by volunteers. I see it as a tribute to this community and my small but incredible staff as well as a supportive City government.” Smith previously received the American Horticulture Society’s “Professional Award” as part of their overall Great American Gardener Awards for 2012.
Smith was nominated by the Wyoming Federation of Garden Clubs President, Roberta Bolton. “People in Cheyenne already know what a prize we have in Shane and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. It was exciting to see him recognized with this top award from the National Garden Club at their convention in Buffalo, NY. It was thrilling to see top gardeners from around the country look at Cheyenne in a different light,” stated Bolton.
This nationally recognized garden has been lauded for promoting the beautification and enrichment of the High Plains through gardening, volunteerism, education and stewardship. Smith authored three books about greenhouse production and is also a guest lecturer and consultant on greenhouse gardening, community greening, horticulture therapy and community-based botanic gardens, internationally. Additionally, Smith is a continual contributor of gardening information for newspapers, radio and TV.
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is recognized as a national model for renewable energy, volunteerism, biologically based plant production, education and water conservation and has received numerous national awards.
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