ABS National Awards
ABS National Awards
The ABS National Awards Program was instituted in 1945, and recognizes individuals whose activities have benefited the Society in many ways.
The Herbert P. Dyckman Award for Service is presented to a member who has rendered long-term or very outstanding service for the American Begonia Society above and beyond the normal duties of a member or officer.
The Eva Kenworthy Gray Award is given for contributing original material toward helping the rank and file members further their study of begonias.
The Alfred D. Robinson Medal of Honor is for a Begonia cultivar that has been released for at least five years. This cultivar must be registered with the ABS Cultivar Registrar, widely distributed, and the originator of the Begonia must be a member of the American Begonia Society. This award may be won more than once by a hybridizer.
The Rudolf Ziesenhenne Award is presented to an editor who collects and edits the works of others for a publication either the U.S. or international and:
- Who encourages a broad array of writers both scientific and practical to write and contribute articles.
- Who issues a publication on begonias that is both excellent in design and content and which contributes to our knowledge and appreciation of begonias.
The Marge Lee Award is given to a person who contributes something of spiritual value toward cementing goodwill and harmony among members.
The Gene Salisbury Award is given to a grower who exemplifies the very best in cultural practice and shares their careful work of new species and hybrids. These are growers who contribute to our society simply through their excellence in growing begonias.
The Charles Jaros Award is a Lifetime Achievement Award given to a member who over decades has contributed to ABS through selfless support to growers and members by sharing extensive and comprehensive knowledge of Begonia and also leading by example with positive regard for all, whether they be new or experienced growers, new or long-time members of ABS. The recipient of this award has further uniquely contributed to ABS in a number of other ways, such as bringing new species into cultivation, taking ABS leadership roles, attending ABS gatherings, and/or supporting other members for greater involvement with ABS.
Nominations and awards are made every year. The nominator may either submit a nomination by email or postal mail, with one nomination per letter. The nomination must include the name of the award and reasons this member should be so honored. Complete information about making nominations is included annually in The Begonian.
Contact the Chair of the Awards Committee for more information.
ABS National Award Winners
|Year||Alfred D. Robinson Medal of Honor||Eva Kenworthy Gray Award||Herbert P. Dyckman Award||Rudolf Ziesenhenne Award||Marge Lee Award||Gene Salisbury Award||Tim O'Reilly Award||Charles Jaros Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2022||Stephen Maciejewski||Wendy Corby||Rick Schoellhorn||Sally Savelle||Janet Welsh||Tom Keepin|
|2021||Christina VanWyk||Sally Savelle||Randy Montes Kerr||Taddie Hamilton||Denise Conklin||Freda Holley|
|2020||no awards given (convention cancelled due to COVID-19)|
|2019||Joan Coulat||Ross Bolwell||Daike Tian||Mike Flaherty||Paul Carlisle||Johanna Zinn|
|2018||B. 'Carmel Brown' (Tom Keepin)||Ching-I Peng Ph.D.||Ross Bolwell||Bob & Dee Stewart||Wanda & Dick Macnair|
|2017||B. 'My Special Angel' (Walter Dworkin)||Jacky Duruisseau||Antoon Hoefnagels||Sandy Justice||Bobbie Price|
|2016||B. 'Bobbie Price' (Bobbie Price)||Samuel and Elizabeth Kennedy||Doug Byrom||Wendy Corby||Stephanie Rose||Carol Knight|
|2015||B. 'Cracklin' Rosie' (Walter Dworkin)||Tan Jiew Hoe||Gloria Utzig||Thelma O'Reilly||Don Miller|
|2014||Normand Dufresne||Michael Ludwig||Linda Tamblyn||Nelda Moore||Joan Coulat|
|2013||B. 'Holley's Beauty' (Freda Holley)||Martin Delgado||Paul Tsamtsis||Mark Tebbitt||Valerie Morris||Arlene Hoskins|
|2012||B. 'Pagoda' (Freda Holley)||Howard Berg||Dr. Rekha Morris||Janet Brown||Margaret Fisher||Mike Flaherty|
|2011||B. 'Taylor Anne' (Freda Holley)||Johanna Zinn||Cheryl Lenert||Joe Moore||Michael Kartuz||Michael Kartuz|
|2010||Charles Henthorne||Freda Holley||Rekha Morris||Lulu Leonard||Deb Cox and Robin Jordan of Harmony Foliage||Peter Notaras|
|2009||B. 'Shaun Henthorne' (Michael Kartuz)||Peter Sharp||Tom Keepin||Julie Vanderwilt||Mary Sakamoto||Don Miller||Louis Welch|
|2008||Bill Claybaugh||Mary Bucholtz||Paul Tsamtsis||Donna Marsheck||Doug & Joyce Pridgen||Richard Macnair|
|2007||B. 'River Nile' (Brad Thompson)||Morris Mueller||Howard Berg||Tom Keepin||Carol Notaras||Bob Golden||R. L. Holley|
|2006||Rekha Morris||Johanna Zinn||Cheryl Lenert||Charles Jaros||Charles Lenert|
|2005||B. 'Holleymoon' (Freda Holley)||Don Miller||Michael Kartuz||Brad Thompson||Tom Keepin||Gene Salisbury||Tim O'Reilly|
|2004||B. 'Black Gold' (Brad Thompson)||Charles Jaros||Maxine Zinman||Karen Bartholomew & Chuck Anderson|
|2003||B. 'Cowardly Lion' (Kit Jeans-Mounger)||Cheryl Lenert||Janet Brown||Freda Holley|
|2002||B. 'Flamingo Queen' (Ross Bolwell)||Helene Jaros||Ray & Leora Fuentes||Tamsin Boardman|
|2001||B. 'Little Miss Mummey' (Brad Thompson)||Brad Thompson||Richard & Wanda Macnair||Ed & Phyllis Bates|
|2000||B. 'Mary Sakamoto' (Brad Thompson)||Freda Holley||Mary Sakamoto|
|1999||Mary Bucholtz||Gene Salisbury|
|1998||Gene & Ann Salisbury||Eleanor Calkins|
|1996||B. 'Sweet Diane' (Howard Siebold)||Kits Jean Mounger||Carol Notaras|
|1995||B. 'Silvermist' (Irene Nuss)||Mae Blanton||Ann Salisbury|
|1994||Margaret Lee||Don Miller|
|1993||Dr. J.J.F.E. de Wilde||Charles Jaros|
|1990||B. 'Glennis Crouch' (Mae Blanton)||Arlene Davis Ingles||Joy Logee Martin|
|1989||B. 'Connee Boswell' (Martin Johnson)||Tamsin Boardman||John Ingles Jr.|
|1988||Mabel Corwin||Mildred L. and Edward J. Thompson|
|1987||B. 'Christmas Candy' (Mabel Corwin)||Pat Maley||Thelma O'Reilly|
|1986||B. 'Withlacoochee' (Francis Michelson)||Chuck Anderson & Karen Bartholomew||Martin Johnson|
|1985||Hikoichi Arakawa||Joy Porter|
|1984||B. 'Nokomis' (Margaret M. Lee)||Scott Hoover||Pearl Benell|
|1983||Phyllis & Ed Bates||Goldie & Doug Frost|
|1981||B. 'Buttercup' (Michael Kartuz)||Mabel Corwin|
|1980||B. 'Murray Morrison' (Belva Nelson Kusler)||Thelma O'Reilly||Rudolf Ziesenhenne|
|1978||B. 'Bowtique' (Chester F. Nave)||Jack Golding||Margaret & Paul Lee|
|1977||B. 'Wanda' (Leo W. Porter)||Mildred L. & Edward J. Thompson||Gene Daniels|
|1976||Alva Graham||Gordon Lepisto|
|1975||Dr. J. Doorenbos||Mae Blanton|
|1974||B. 'Universe' (Thelma O'Reilly)||Carrie Karegeannes||Hazel Snodgrass|
|1973||B. 'Paul Bee' (Ruby Mae Bud)||Dr. Fred Barkley||Walter Barnett|
|1972||Elda Harding||Everett Wright|
|1970||B. 'Eunice Gray' (Irene Nuss)||Ruth Pease|
|1969||B. 'Lady Frances Jean' (Sylvia Leatherman)||Harry M. Butterfield||Alva Graham & Edna Korts|
|1968||B. 'Purple Petticoats' (Peter P. Lee)||Drs. Lyman B. Smith & Bernice G. Schubert||Florence Gee and Herb Warrick|
|1966||B. 'Sophie Cecile' (Belva Nelson Kusler)||May Taft Drew|
|1964||B. 'Madame Queen' (Beth Bath)|
|1963||Dr. Clyde Drummond|
|1962||Bert Slatter and Bernice Brilmayer|
|1961||Helen K. Krauss|
|1957||B. 'Verde Grande' (Susie Zug)||Constance Bower|
|1954||B. 'Orange Rubra' (Leslie Woodriff)|
|1951||B. 'Virbob' (M. Walker)|
|1950||B. 'Ricky Minter' (Marie Turner) & B. 'Glendale' (Elinor V. Slocum)|
|1949||B. 'Golden West' (Reinelt)|
|1946||B. 'Freddie' (Rudolf Ziesenhenne)|
|1945||B. 'Silver Star' (Elsie Frey)|