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Awards 2022-23


At the annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, the Awards Committee handed out recognition to our deserving members in a ceremony that has been repeated probably since the founding of the club in 1926, Many of the awards have been donated to the club by grateful members over the years, and all the winners going back to 1980 can be seen at any time on the website. Earlier awards are in our archives.


The event took place this year at the Montclair Golf Club on May 24, 2023.




Louise D. Mann Award:

Deborah Hirsch

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.





Till Beatty Allis Award: Fran Ackerly

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.













Bauer Horticulture Award:

Maureen Sprong


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.















Amy Hatrak Herb Award: Denise Silverman


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.







Betty B. Merriam Silver Bowl:

Debbie Moran

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.


Barbara Meyer Rose Award:

Denise Silverman


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.










Kay Maclane Van Deusen Rose Award: Fran Ackerly


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 Barbara Slockbower Schaeberle Award: Tova Narrett

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 Awards.

President’s Trophy for Flower Design, Intermediate:

Sarah Olson


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.


















The Estelle Leibrecht Horticulture Award:

Debbie Moran

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.


Garden Club Award for Flower Design, Advanced:

Barbara Baletti


A silver plate awarded to the member of Advanced Level who received the highest number of points in a year, including two blue ribbons.















President’s Award for Horticulture: Sarah Olson


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.


















The Botanical Arts Award: Floss O’Sullivan


A silver bowl perpetual trophy is awarded to the Garden Club member who, during the year, achieved the highest total score for participation in Botanical Arts competitions of any type, including the winning of one blue ribbon. The four types include Botanical Arts Horticulture, Botanical Arts Design, Botanical Arts Artistic Crafts, and Photography.








Special Tributes:

Susan Benner (center)

Marilyn & Peter Zaret

(not pictured)














Gift of Appreciation:

Barbara Baletti & Cynthia Corhan-Aitken


For their sterling work coordinating the very successful Flower Show




















The President’s Special Recognition Award:

Sue Young

Honors our webmaster for her renovation and development of our interactive, outstanding Website that connects our membership with our projects, events and each other, as well as with the communities we serve.











Celebrating 35 Years of Membership:

Brigitte Padberg


















All photos by Floss O'Sullivan

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