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2011 Annual Meeting and Awards

The 2011 New England Wild Flower Society Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, November 6 beginning at 1:30 p.m.

On November 6, 2011, New England Wild Flower Society held its annual meeting and celebrated the achievements of individuals and organizations across New England, demonstrating creative vision and exceptional achievement in furthering the Society's conservation goals.

 2011 Society Award Winners


2011 Society Award Winners - left to right: Paul Dolan (RI State Award), Debbi Edelstein (NEWFS Executive Director), Samantha Best (Magma Design Group, Landscape Design Award), Glen Mittelhauser (ME State Award), Donald Kent (NH Natural Heritage Bureau, NH State Award), Dr. C. Barre Hellquist (Conservation Award), Carol Lemmon (CT State Award), Dr. Robert Bertin (MA State Award), Ellen Sousa (Turkey Hill Farm, Kathryn Taylor Award), Deirdre Menoyo (NEWFS Board Chair), Irina Kadis and Alexy Zinovjev (Education Award). Missing: Sharon Plumb (VT State Award), Ray Abair and Peter Brem (Service to the Society)


CONSERVATION AWARD                                              

Dr. C. Barre Hellquist, Professor Emeritus New England Liberal Arts College       

For his work in conservaton of aquatic vascular plant species. His canoe has been on almost every pond, river, stream and bog in New England. Melissa Cullina describes Dr. Hellquist as the “Aquatic Jedi Master.” Dr. Hellquist researched the globally imperiled Potamogeton ogdenii, which he named and described. In addition, Dr. Hellquist has served on the regional advisory committee of NEPCoP since the 1990s. He has co-authored, with Garrett E. Crow, Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Northeast and has contributed to Flora Conservanda, both the 1996 and new editions.

  • Nominated by Bill Brumback, New England Wild Flower Society Conservation Director
  • Seconded by Melissa Cullina, Education Director, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden


EDUCATION AWARD                                                       

Irina Kadis and Alexey Zinovjev

For their work with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, providing seedlings of native plants, leading numerous education programs. Their website, (7738 photos of 975 species) is a compendium of photographs of plants native to MA, searchable by common and scientific name, location, town and by month. They have prepared inventories of native plants for Myles Standish State Forest as well as for other state parks in MA. They have also served as PCVs for NEWFS. In addition they have published about willows as well as invasive plant issues and native plant populations.

  • Nominated by Julianne Mehegan, Plant Conservation Volunteer, NEWFS Advanced Certificate in Field Botany 2007, Botanical Club of Cape Cod and the Islands
  • Seconded by Shari Heller, President, Friends of the Myles Standish State Forest



Carol Lemmon, Volunteer; NEPCoP Task Force (retired, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station), President of Connecticut Botanical Society

For completing many yearly rare plant population searches, and for willingly taking on management activities to protect and benefit rare plant populations in CT. Carol has been an active NEPCoP volunteer for many years, completing 15 or more rare plant population searches each year.

  • Nominated by Jessica Gerke, New England Wild Flower Society Conservation Department
  • Seconded by Nancy Murray, CT Dept. of Environmental Protection


MAINE STATE AWARD                                                                          

Glen Mittelhauser, Maine Natural History Observatory, Director

For his work galvanizing the constituencies to complete Plants of Acadia National Park published in 2010 and for extensive contributions to education about and conservation of the native environments of Maine coastal islands. This comprehensive guide to one of Maine’s most beautiful natural treasures includes scientific descriptions of 862 plant species, with useful keys, illustrations of plant families, includes scientific and common manes, and more than 2200 full color photographs.  This volume is an interesting demonstration of cooperation among the Friends of Acadia, the Garden Club of Mount Desert, the Maine Natural History Observatory and the University of Maine Press.

Glen Mittelhauser also serves on the Maine Botanical Advisory Group and is a member of the NEPCoP Maine Task Force.

  • Nominated by Don Cameron, Botanist/Ecologist, Maine Natural Areas Program, Augusta, ME
  • Seconded by Jill Weber, Botanical Data Specialist, New England Wild Flower Society, Bar Harbor, ME


MASSSACHUSETTS STATE AWARD                                   

Dr. Robert Bertin, Professor of Biology, College of the Holy Cross

For exemplary research on the flora, floristic change and alien species in central MA and for teaching the next generation the importance of plant biology and ecology. A distinguished professor and botanical researcher, Dr. Bertin has prepared the Flora of Worcester County which provides important new data on the distribution of plants and their responses to climatic and habitat changes. For his Flora of the city of Worcester he received the New England Botanical Club’s Fernald Award. He has discovered many new rare plant populations in Massachusetts in his work with NEPCoP’s Massachusetts Task Force. He also serves on the editorial board of Rhodora.

  • Nominated by Bryan Connolly, State Botanist, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
  • Seconded by Elizabeth Farnsworth,  Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society, Editor-in-Chief, Rhodora


NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE AWARD                                              

New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau

For publishing The Nature of New Hampshire: Natural Communities of the Granite State. It combines clear understandable text with beautiful photographs and other graphics which will help people understand the complex ecosystems of the state. Places to visit are also recommended in the book.

In addition to this book the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau had drawn up brochures about the ecosystems of particular areas.  These enable people to understand first hand the habitats in these areas.

  • Nominated by Don Kent, Administrator, New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau                       
  • Seconded by Ken Demarais, Administrator, Forest Management Bureau


RHODE ISLAND STATE AWARD                                          

Paul Dolan, Deputy State Forester, RI Division of Forest Environment

For enthusiasm and personal commitment to the delivery of environmental education which inspires stewardship and understanding of ecosystems throughout Rhode Island. His efforts have included outreach, fundraising, communication with citizens and demonstration of the connections between forest stewardship and quality of life.

  • Nominated by Peter Lockwood, Urban Forester
  • Seconded by Catherine Sparks, Chief, RI DEM Division


VERMONT STATE AWARD                                            

Sharon Plumb, Invasive Species Coordinator, VT Nature Conservancy     

For strategic and effective work in the field of invasive species control throughout the greater Vermont community. Ms. Plumb has worked extensively with Green Works, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Committee to develop the Voluntary Code of Conduct. The intent of the code is to reduce the sale of nonnative plants that have been found to be invasive in Vermont, but are currently legal to sell. The Vermont Department of Agriculture allows a three year phase out of plants that are added to the list.  Landscapers and nurseries who sign on to the Code of Conduct are able to advertise their participation in the elimination of invasive plant material (presently including Japanese Barberry, Burning Bush, Norway Maples, Armur Maples and yellow Iris).

  • Nominated by Bob Popp, Botanist, VT Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Seconded by Rose Paul, Director of Science and Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy, Ann Bove, Aquatic Invasive Species Management, The Nature Conservancy



Ellen Sousa’s Turkey Hill Brook Farm    

For converting a traditional home landscape to a biodynamic garden designed to attract pollinators and provide wildlife habitat using plants native to the northeast. Turkey Hill Brook Farm in Spencer MA  is a certified wildlife habitat and a monarch waystation.  Ms. Sousa gardens for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects and is a strong proponent of native plants.  Her gardens include examples of habitat planting, companion planting and a vegetated stream buffer.

Ms. Sousa earned the NEWFS certificate in Plant Horticulture and design in 2008 She recently completed her book, The Green Garden: The New England Guide to Planning, Planting and Maintaining the Ecofriendly Habitat Garden which is to be published by Bunker Hill Press in 2011.

  • This garden was brought to our attention by Pam Resor, New England Wild Flower Society Board of Trustees. Bonnie Drexler, Society Education Director, corroborated the information.
  • Mrs. Lindsay Shives of Still River, MA also described the garden and cited Ms. Sousa’s contagious enthusiasm for native plants and gardening for wildlife.


LANDSCAPE DESIGN AWARD                                                           

Magma Design Group – Samantha and Neil Best

For inspiring design that utilizes native trees, shrubs and perennials to create a species-rich sanctuary for people and wildlife in a beautiful backyard woodland. Primary garden at the Nagle residence in Pawtucket RI was visited by members of the Awards Committee.

This garden included a woodland area that was primarily native plants, several of which, including Bunchberry – Chamaepericlymenum canadense (formerly Cornus Canadensis) had begun to reproduce. Existing native trees had been incorporated into the design so that they became focal points from windows and outdoor living areas. Understory trees and shrubs including Redbud define a secluded sitting area.  The design exhibited clear intention to include the native  garden as a featured vista, and the plantings of native plants highlighted their individual definition. 



Ray AbairOne of New England’s outstanding fern experts, Ray teaches many courses on ferns for the Education Department (for more than 15 years), and has for years been on the Sanctuary Committee. He is involved in botanical inventories and management projects on all sanctuaries, is a PCV, has surveyed a number of properties for ferns and fern allies, and is often consulted by botanists on fern id. 


Peter Brem - From guided tours, to cart tours, to an array of carpentry and other volunteer projects for the Horticulture Department, Peter always is smiling and putting in effort. Horticulturist Nate McCullin refers to him as “The Beast” who keeps going and making tangible, important differences at Garden in the Woods.


last modified November 15, 2011