Spring Meadow Nursery’s Deppe Receives Jackson Dawson Award
On Oct. 18, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MHS) presented Dale Deppe, owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, with the Jackson Dawson Memorial Award during the 118th Honorary Medals Dinner at Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Deppe was recognized for exceptional skill in the science or practice of hybridization or propagation of hardy, woody plants.
Six additional awards were presented in the areas of horticultural skill, propagation, garden writing, leadership, and education, as well as the George Robert White Medal of Honor, which was awarded to Margaret Roach for her accomplishments as a garden communicator.
Dale Deppe, owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, was presented the Jackson Dawson Memorial Award. This award is given for exceptional skill in the science or practice of hybridization or propagation of hardy, woody plants.
Commenting on the award, Deppe said, “It is an honor to receive this medal, which was created in memory of the great Jackson Dawson. He was the first plant propagator of the Arnold Arboretum and left quite a legacy for the woody ornamental world.”
Jackson Thornton Dawson raised 450,718 plants during his 43 years as propagator and superintendent of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Honored posthumously by the MHS in 1927 with the creation of the Dawson Memorial Medal. Deppe is the 81st recipient of the award.
Founded in 1829, the MHS is America’s oldest organized horticultural society. Since the Society began, it has been a forum for introducing new plants and flowers into the United States.