Paul W. Meyer, the F. Otto Haas Executive Director of Morris Arboretum, is the 2018 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award. The Scott Medal and Award, established in 1929, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2018 award of the Scott Medal, together with $14,000, is given as an acknowledgement of “…achievement of great merit, recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.”
Holly Shimizu, emeritus executive director of the U.S. Botanic Gardens, said, “Paul led the way with [the Morris Arboretum’s] LEED Platinum Certified Horticulture Center featuring geothermal wells, a green roof, solar energy, water cistern and recycled materials. While moving forward with so much innovation, Paul has also respected the rich history and past of the Morris Arboretum.”
Mr. Meyer has completed plant expeditions to China, Korea, Taiwan, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia. A founding member of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium, Mr. Meyer facilitated collaboration among American, Canadian and Chinese botanical organizations.
At 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Swarthmore College’s Lang Performing Arts Center, the public is invited to hear Mr. Meyer speak about his passion for horticulture, commitment to sustainability and exploration of the world in search of good garden plants.