Marsh Award for Education in Botanic Gardens

This Award is run in partnership with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and recognises an early/mid-career individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting public awareness of the importance of plants and/or undertaking impactful education activities within a botanic garden.

BGCI’s vision is a world in which plant diversity is valued, secure and supporting all life. To create this world their mission is: "To mobilise botanic gardens and engage partners in securing plant diversity for the well-being of people and the planet."

The 2017 winner is Amy Padolf

In her role as Director of Education at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Amy Padolf is at the centre of a successful and diverse community engagement and education programme which has won the Garden much press interest.

Amy oversees national and international multidisciplinary environmental science education programmes for young people of all ages, encourages professional development in the field for teachers, adult education programmes and community gardening schemes.

Pictured: The Million Orchid Project STEMLab, Fairchild's mobile micropropgration laboratory (top) and pupils taking part in Fairchild's Growing Beyond Earth Project which is run in partnership with NASA and engages more than 5,000 students each year to assist scientists to test crop options for growth on the international space station (bottom)


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Previous Winners:

2016 Iwa Urszula Kolodziejska

2015 Sophie Williams

2014 Wang Ximin