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American Begonia Society Awards Programs

The American Begonia Society instituted the Awards Program in 1945 to recognize 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 and no more than fifteen. This hybrid must be registered with the Nomenclature Department and 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 U.S. or international and:

a. Who encourages a broad array of writers both scientific and practical to write and contribute articles.

b. 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 Tim O’Reilly Award is given to a spouse who contributes so much to our society and does not grow begonias.

The Marge Lee Award is given to a person who contributes something of a 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, but who also brings to us by their careful work the new species and hybrids. These are growers who contribute to our society simply through their excellence in growing begonias.

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