Awards

Award winner names from 1926-1986 are filed in the archives.

We are thrilled to announce these GCNJ and NGC Awards received in June 2021 for outstanding achievements in 2020 during the pandemic:

 

Yearbook 2020-21 — Award application by Celia Radek, Editor. Score 100%.

 

  • Certificate of Commendation First Place YB-1 Yearbooks (100-299 members) awarded by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

  • Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal YB-1 Yearbooks (100-299 members) awarded by Garden Club of New Jersey.

 

Virtual Flower Design Education 2021 — Award application by Workshop Chair, Floss O'Sullivan, Florence Leyssène, and Sarah Stransky.

  • Certificate of Merit First Place and Overall Winner Award FD-2 (Aiv)
    Floral Design Program/Single Club awarded by National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Garden Therapy 2021 — Award application by Garden Therapy Chair, Sarah Olson, and Sarah Stransky.

  • Myra Brooks Garden Therapy Trophy #15a Renovated Garden Therapy Program awarded by the Garden Club of New Jersey.

The Elsie Bristol Novice Award

A silver bowl perpetual trophy awarded to the member of Novice Level who, during the year, achieved the highest score, including the winning of one blue ribbon.

Year
Recipient
2020
Ginny Demoreuille
2019
Cheryl Slutsky
2018
Michele Reiter
2017
Susan Benner
2016
Fran Ackerly
2015
Tessie Thomas
2014
Lorrie Weeks
2013
Lillian Rockwood
2012
Elizabeth Saylor
2011
Susan Dumont
2009
Darlene Sneden
2008
Ginger Finder
2007
Fran Weedfald
2006
Nina Rue
2005
Michele Quinn
2004
Gratia Pellicotti, Celia Radek
2003
Muriel D. Smith
2002
Terri Petti
2001
Debbie Moran
2000
May Ann Renn
1999
Kathy Quinn
1998
Patrice Sommerhalter
1997
Kathy Long
1996
Barbara W. Meyer
1995
Nadiya Clark
1994
Heidi Muschick
1993
Mary Heyman
1992
Lynda Henderson
1991
Rita Berkowitz
1990
Dolores Kelly
1989
Mrs. Peter Green
1988
Ms. John Cannell
1987
Mrs. Martin McKerrow

The President's Trophy for Flower Design, Intermediate

A silver bowl perpetual trophy awarded to the member of Intermediate Level who, during the year, achieved the highest score, including the winning of one blue ribbon.

Year
Recipient
2019
Susan Straten
2018
Barbara Baletti
2017
Michele Tomasik
2016
Lillian Rockwood
2015
Lorrie Weeks
2014
Liz Saylor
2013
Susan Dumont
2012
Kathleen McCoy
2011
Fran Liscio
2010
Terri Breen
2009
Michele Quinn
2008
Nina Rue
2007
Trish Hill
2006
Cynthia Corhan-Aitken
2005
Celia Radek
2004
Muriel Smith, Lori Beitler
2003
Cathie Trider, Pat Russell
2002
Lucy Schneider
2001
Florence Leyssène
2000
Kathy Quinn
1999
Patti Riccardelli
1998
Dorothy Sachs
1997
Joan Crowther
1996
Nadiya Clark
1995
Heidi Muschick
1994
Ann Ferguson
1993
Lynda Henderson
1992
Brigitte Padberg
1991
Pat Green
1990
Chris Cowles
1989
Mrs. B. Leonardson, Mrs. M. McKerrow
1988
Mrs. Douglas F. Price
1987
Mrs. Carl Menk

The Elsie Bristol Flower Award, Advanced II

This award, a silver plate perpetual trophy, was retired in June 2018 when the Advanced I and Advanced II levels were combined to become the Advanced Level. The members listed below achieved the highest score, including the winning of one blue ribbon.

Year
Recipient
2018
Michele Tomasik
2017
Lillian Rockwood
2016
Liz Saylor
2015
Liz Saylor
2014
Sarah Stransky
2013
Fran Liscio
2012
Michele Quinn
2011
Darlene Sneden
2010
Betty Ann Cannell, Pat Green
2008
Cynthia Corhan-Aitken
2007
Celia Radek
2006
Lori Beitler, Celia Radek
2005
Lori Beitler
2004
Firth Fabend
2003
Debbie Moran
2002
Florence Leyssène
2001
Dolores Kelly
2000
Chris Cowles
1999
Joan Crowther
1998
Lynda Henderson
1997
Chris Cowles
1996
Chris Cowles
1995
Chris Cowles
1994
Chris Cowles
1993
Susie Price
1992
Susie Price
1991
Connie Young
1990
Betty Menk
1989
Mrs. Roger Young
1988
Mrs. H. Hawkey, Mrs. C. Molitor
1987
Mrs. Theodore P. Swick

The Garden Club Award for Flower Design, Advanced

A silver plate awarded to the member of Advanced Level who received the highest number of points in a year, including two blue ribbons. Note: Prior to 2019, this award was made at the Advanced I Level.

Year
Recipient
2020
Fran Ackerly
2019
Michele Tomasik
2018
Fran Ackerly
2017
Sarah Stransky
2014
Fran Liscio
2011
Cynthia Corham-Aitken
2010
Celia Radek
2009
Cynthia Corham-Aitken
2008
Dolores Kelly, Lucy Schneider
2007
Florence Leyssène
2006
Firth Fabend
2005
Debbie Moran
2004
Debbie Moran
2003
Dolores Kelly
2002
Joan Crowther
1995
Sue Swick
1994
Sue Swick
1993
Mary McGeown
1990
Mary McGeown
1989
Mary McGeown
1988
Kathy Parse
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The Kay Maclane Van Deusen Rose Award

A silver vase perpetual trophy, given in her memory by her family, awarded to the Garden Club member who, during the October Competition, best perpetuates the love and use of roses in artistic design. The winner will be chosen by a panel of five members composed of the President, the Awards Chair, and three others appointed by the President. The presentation of this award takes place at the annual meeting.

Year
Recipient
2020
Sarah J. Olson
2019
Denise Silverman
2018
Fran Ackerly
2017
Cynthia Corhan-Aiken
2016
Celia Radek
2012
Elizabeth Saylor
2014
Cynthia Corhan-Aitken
2013
Susan Dumont
2012
Elizabeth Saylor
2011
Cynthia Corhan-Aitken
2010
Celia Radek
2009
Darlene Sneden
2008
Ginger Finder
2007
Firth Fabend
2006
Nina Rue
2005
Debbie Moran
2004
Dolores Kelly
2003
Mary Ann Renn
2002
Lucy Schneider
2001
Lynda Henderson
2000
Mary Ann Renn
1999
Kathy Quinn
1998
Kathy Long
1997
Barbara Meyer
1996
Patti Riccardelli
1995
Susie Price
1994
Chris Cowles
1993
Mary McGeown
1992
Mary McGeown
1991
Sue Swick
1990
Barbara Etherington

The President's Award for Horticulture

A silver plate perpetual trophy awarded to the member who, during the year, achieved the highest score, including the winning of one blue ribbon in the Club's Horticultural Competitions.

Year
Recipient
2020
Denise Silverman
2019
Michele Trevenen
2018
Karen Whitehaus
2017
Susan Straten
2016
Fran Wong
2015
Susan Straten
2014
Fran Liscio
2013
Michele Trevenen
2012
Cynthia Corhan-Aiken
2011
Kristin Krongard
2010
Debbie Moran
2009
Kristin Krongard
2008
Cynthia Corhan-Aiken
2007
Debbie Moran
2006
Debbie Moran
2005
Gratia Pelliciotti
2004
Gratia Pelliciotti
2002
Terry Petti
2001
Lori Beitler
2000
Lynda Henderson
1999
Ellen Meriney
1998
Susie Price
1997
Barbara Meyer
1996
Barbara Meyer
1995
Heidi Muschick
1994
Barbara Meyer
1993
Peg Kaveny
1992
Peg Kaveny
1991
Susie Price
1990
Barbara Meyer
1989
Mrs. Douglas F. Price
1988
Mrs. Douglas F. Price
1987
Mrs. Douglas F. Price

The Betty B. Merriam Silver Bowl

This perpetual trophy silver bowl may be awarded at a Standard Flower Show or Small Standard Flower Show for any decorative use of plant material having distinctive beauty. Only members of the Garden Club of Montclair are eligible for this trophy, which shall remain in the Garden Club Room. A special panel of judges shall be invited to make the award. A small version of the award shall be presented to the winner. Names of the winners are inscribed on a wall plaque in the Garden Club Room.
 

Year
Recipient
2018
Janice Benton, Jamie Chase, Deborah Hirsch, Debbie Moran
2009
Jamie Chase, Margaret Kenrick, Florence Leyssène
2009
Debbie Moran
2006
Brenda Bingham
2004
Joan Crowther
1995
Barbara Meyer
1994
Brenda Bingham
1993
Brenda Bingham
1992
Mary McGeown
1991
Rita Berkowitz
1990
Gladys Hunziker

The Barbara Slockbower Schaeberle Award

A silver bowl perpetual trophy, given in her memory by her family, to be awarded at a Standard Flower Show or Small Standard Flower Show to the member of the Garden Club of Montclair who wins the Designer’s Choice Award.

Year
Recipient
2018
Barbara Baletti
2006
Debbie Moran
2004
Joan Crowther
2000
Brenda Bingham
1998
Joan Crowther
1996
Brenda Bingham
1993
Brenda Bingham
1990
Mary McGeown
1986
Mary McGeown

The Till Beatty Allis Award

A silver bowl perpetual trophy, given in her honor by her family, may be awarded by the Awards Committee to a member who has made an outstanding contribution in the area of Flower Design and Flower Design education.  

Year
Recipient
2021
Florence Leyssène
2019
Brenda Bingham
2018
Florence Leyssène
2017
Sarah Stransky
2015
Cynthia Corham-Aiken
2009
Debbie Moran
2008
Brenda Bingham
2007
Florence Leyssène
2006
Mary McGeown
2005
Margaret Kenrick
2004
Joan Crowther
2003
Ruth Lincoln

The Bauer Horticulture Award

A silver bowl perpetual trophy given by the late Mrs. John Bauer may be awarded each year at the Annual Meeting for major achievement in Horticulture. The winner is chosen by decision of the Awards Committee. Individual members may make application for this award.

Year
Recipient
2021
Debbie Moran
2020
Maureen Sprong
2018
Michele Trevenen
2017
Jacklyn Kling
2016
Karen Whitehaus
2014
Jaimie Chase
2010
Kristin Krongard
2009
Celia Radek
2008
Barbara Meyer
2007
Lucy Schneider
2006
Laurel Ness
2005
Lori Beitler
2004
Gratia Pelliciotti
2002
Heidi Muschick
2001
Renee Cohen
2000
Dale Birkett
1999
Margo Walter
1998
Helen Geyer
1997
Kathy Parsons
1996
Brenda Bingham
1995
Helen Breen
1994
Jamie Chase
1993
Peg Dodd
1992
Peg Kaveny
1991
Barbara Meyer
1990
Mrs. Douglas F. Price
1989
Mrs. A. Graham Ness
1988
Mrs. John T. Wooster
1987
Mrs. John H. Smith

The Estelle Leibrecht Horticulture Award

A silver bowl perpetual trophy awarded by the Horticulture Committee to the member who receives the blue ribbon for the Club project, to be judged at a fall or spring horticultural show, a Standard Flower Show, or a Small Standard Flower Show. 

Year
Recipient
2017
Fran Wong
2015
Luce Battsek
2014
Fran Liscio
2008
Nancy Sweetser
2005
Gratia Pelliciotti
2004
Lori Beitler
2003
Maeve Clemens
2002
Ann Liedtka
2001
Debbie Moran
2000
Bonni Babson
1998
Rita Hochwalt
1998
Nancy Berman
1997
Barbara Meyer
1996
Sarah Stransky
1995
Heidi Muschick
1994
Nancy Berman
1993
Pat Green
1992
Barbara Meyer
1991
Jamie Chase
1990
Barbara Meyer
1989
Mrs. David K. Meriney
1987
Mrs. William F. Treene
1986
Mrs. Frank P. Marano
1985
Mrs. J. Lloyd Berrall
1982
Mrs. L. Anthony Fisher
1980
Mrs. Edward R. Eberle

The Louise D. Mann Award

A silver tray perpetual trophy, given in her memory by her family, to be awarded to a member of The Garden Club of Montclair when merited, in recognition of her vision and significant accomplishments in a field that advances Garden Club objectives. The winner is chosen by the Awards Committee.    

Year
Recipient
2021
Floss O'Sullivan
2020
Claire Stepleton
2019
Gretchen Prater
2018
Celia Radek, Sarah Stransky
2017
Florence Leyssene
2016
Brenda Bingham
2015
Kate Khachaturian
2014
Debbie Moran
2012
Sarah Stransky
2011
Florence Leyssene
2010
Brenda Bingham
2009
Margaret Kenrick
2008
Joan Crowther
2007
Helen Breen
2006
Bonni Babson
2005
Peg Dodd
2004
Barbara Etherington
2003
Barbara Meyer
2002
Amy Hatrak
2001
Sue Swick
2000
Brenda Bingham
1999
Chris Cowles
1998
Susie Price
1996
Aubin Ames
1995
Connie Young
1994
Peg Pendelton
1992
Julie Wilson
1991
Sarita Oliphant
1990
Till Allis
1988
Mrs. Walter J. Hunziker Jr.
1986
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dallery
1985
Mrs. Ann Rogerson
1983
Mrs. John T. Wooster
1980
Mrs. J. Lloyd Berrall

The Amy Hatrak Herb Award

A silver tray perpetual trophy, given in her honor by her family, in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of herbs. To be given to the Garden Club member who, during the September or October Competition, best exemplifies and demonstrates the growing of herbs, for use and for delight, including aromatic, culinary, medicinal herbs, and scented geraniums. To be judged by a panel composed of the President, the Awards Chair, and three others appointed by the President. The Award is announced upon the judges’ decision and the trophy presented at the Annual Meeting in May.   

Year
Recipient
2020
Denise Silverman
2019
Nancy Loo
2018
Jamie Chase
2017
Susan Straten
2016
Susan Straten
2015
Elaine Conti
2014
Karen Whitehaus
2013
Elaine Conti
2012
Elaine Conti

The Barbara Meyer Award

A perpetual trophy recognizing excellence in rose culture may be awarded to the member of the Garden Club of Montclair whose single rose specimen, grown by the exhibitor, received the highest-scoring blue ribbon in a Club Horticulture Competition, Horticulture Specialty, Standard Flower or Small Standard Flower Show. 

Year
Recipient
2019
Susan Straten
2018
Barbara Meyer

Botanical Arts Division Awards

Botanical Arts exhibitors in the Garden Club of Montclair monthly competitions and Standard Flower Shows are eligible for a Botanical Arts Award in each Horticulture, Design, Artistic Crafts and/or Photography as recognized at the Annual Meeting yearly. The member must have exhibited in at least two competitions of the same Botanical Arts type (i.e. Photography) and achieved the highest point total including one blue ribbon.

Special Tributes

Year
Recipient
2021
Cynthia Corhan-Aiken, Sandy Sorkin, Karen Whitehaus, Fran Wong
2020
Sarah J. Olson, Floss O'Sullivan
2019
Larry Whitehaus, Marilyn Zaret
2018
The Montclair Foundation's Van Vleck House & Gardens
2016
Rene Cohen
2015
Firth Fabend, Gretchen Prater, Lorrie Weeks
2014
Maryetta Bartlett, Nancy Bartlett
2013
Sanford Sorkin, Darlene Sneden
2012
Celia Radek, Karen Whitehaus
2011
Betty Lambourn, Karen Whitehaus, Lillianb Rockwood, Helen Steinbrueck, Odile L'hertier
2010
Jamie Chase, Fran Liscio
2008
Connie Young
2007
Brenda Bingham, Kate Khachaturian, Janel Oscar, Pat Russell, Sarah Stransky
2006
Firth Fabend, Sue Swick, David Nial
2002
Symon Cowles
2001
Eileen Sheehan
2000
Bonni Babson
1999
Barbara Malcom
1998
Rita Hochwalt
1995
Rita Berkowitz, Elaine Conti, Betty Lamborn
1994
Sue Swick
1991
Susan Marano
1990
Betty Bell, Ruth Lincoln
1989
Kathy Parsons
1988
Mrs. David Meriney
1987
Mrs. William Breen

National Garden Clubs Gardening Study Course Graduates

Bonni Babson

National Council of Accredited Flower Show Judges

Master Judges: Brenda Bingham, Florence Leyssene, Mary McGeown, Debbie Moran, Heidi Muschick

Master Gardeners

Members who have completed the Essex County Master Gardener Course and volunteer requirements for Master Gardener designation.

                 Brenda Bingham, Jamie Chase, Donna Wright