The Prairie Garden Award for Excellence

2009 Winners
by Valerie Denesiuk
September 20, 2009

The Prairie Garden Award for Excellence is awarded to an individual or group making a significant contribution to the advancement and/or promotion of horticulture on the Northern Great Plains. Areas of involvement may include community activity, plant introduction or breeding, preservation of horticultural sites, teaching, research, extension or photography.

The 2009 Award for Excellence is being awarded to two successful nominees selected by the Awards Board. These are Ken Ivey and Brenda Cameron volunteer co-chairs of Manitoba Communities in Bloom from 1999 to 2008 of Virden, Manitoba and Albert Parsons, President of the Minnedosa Horticultural Society, and garden writer for the Brandon Sun from Minnedosa, Manitoba.

Each of these individuals have worked long and hard in their communities to support not just these projects listed above but many others with vigour and spirit that uplifted those around them. They are viewed as leaders in their communities and beyond to promote many aspects in the field of horticulture on the Northern Great Plains. They are appreciated by those they work with and by the communities that benefit from their continued work. They were nominated by those that have worked with them for The Prairie Garden’s Award for Excellence and the selection committee believes it is well deserved.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2009 award. The awards were presented at a luncheon September 3, 2009.

Look for detailed stories about Ken Ivey and Brenda Cameron; and Albert Parson in the forthcoming edition of “The Prairie Garden” which should be available at your local bookstore or garden centre by the end of November 2009.

Nominations will be accepted for the 2010 award in the spring of 2010, and may be sent to: The Prairie Garden Awards Board, P.O. Box 517, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2J3. More information about the award and previous winners can be seen on our Web site:

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