Meyer receives American Horticultural Society Teaching Award

As countless Americans begin tending to their gardens this spring, they can take inspiration from the country’s most influential gardeners and horticulturists who are making the world a greener place through plants. The American Horticultural Society (AHS) has named 12 of these individuals to receive its 2018 Great American Gardeners Awards, in recognition of their impactful contributions in the fields of plant research and teaching, landscape design, youth gardening, floral design, urban beautification, and more.

The American Horticultural Society recently announced that Mary Hockenberry Meyer has been named the 2018 recipient of the Society’s Teaching Award, given to an individual whose ability to share his or her horticultural knowledge with others has contributed to a better public understanding of the plant world and its important influence on society.

Mary Hockenberry Meyer is a professor and Extension horticulturist at the University of Minnesota, where she develops statewide educational programs in environmental and consumer horticulture. She also coordinates programs at the university’s arboretum and is the Extension Program Leader. She recently helped found the Seed Your Future movement, to promote horticultural education and careers for youth.

On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the AHS will honor Meyer and the other award recipients during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet, held at the Society’s River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

For full descriptions of each award and brief biographies of this year’s recipients, please visit