THE GEORGE ROBERT WHITE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HORTICULTURE
In the year 1909, Mr George Robert White of Boston presented to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society a gift of $7,500 to award to the man or woman, commercial firm or institution in the United States or of some other country that has done the most in recent years to advantage the interest in horticulture in its broadest sense. This award is to be known as the George Robert White Medal of Honor and has been awarded every year since its foundation.
The medal is of coin gold, weighs eight and a half ounces and was struck at the Mint of the United States in Philadelphia. It was designed by John Flanagan, the eminent medalist who was a student of Augustus St. Gaudens and Chapu and is considered a work of much artistic merit.
The award of this medal every year is of value as a recognition of the labors of those who have done so much for the advancement of the interest in horticulture and who have added to the enrichment of our gardens.
THIS particular gold medal, certified by NGC as MS63, was awarded to Mr. Richardson Wright in 1943 for his eminent service in horticulture. He became an honorary member of the George Robert White Foundation in 1944.
Mr. Richardson Wright was a well known writer and horticulturist whom received (3) gold coin awards for his work. The other awards he received were the gold medal of the American Iris Society in 1937 and the Arthur Hoyt Scott Garden Award in 1942.
Mr. Wright was editor of “House and Garden” for 30 years, traveled widely, lectured in many cities throughout the country, filled important offices in several societies and wrote many books. Mr. Wright was the chairman of the International Flower Show, a trustee of Trinity college, a trustee of the New York Botanical Garden, President of the Wine and Food Society, President of the Men’s Garden Club of New York and the American Rose Society. At his country place at Silvermine, Norwalk, Conn. he specialized in the growing of roses, daffodils, lilacs and day lilies.
Presentation of the George Robert White Medal of Honor to Mr. Richardson Wright at the annual meeting, 1944, the presentation speech was made by the [then] president, Edwin S Webster.