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2020 How the Christmas Flower Came to Be
  John M. Dole, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs, North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Science, Raleigh, North Carolina
2019 What’s on Your Bucket List for Horticulture?
  Mary Meyer, Professor and Extension Horticulturalist, Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Minnesota
2018 The Future of Plants
  Sir Peter Crane, FRS, President, The Oak Spring Garden Foundation
2017 Significance of Integrated Pest Management to Sustainable Horticultural Production ? Observations and Experiences
  Frank G. Zalom, Distinguished Professor and Extension Entomologist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis
2016 New technologies for storage of horticultural products - there is more to adoption than availability
  Christopher B Watkins, Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Professor, Postharvest Science and Associate Dean for Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology, Cornell University
2015 A Different Approach to Plant Breeding: Integrating Consumers with Genetics
  Harry Klee, Lyle C. Dickman, Chair for Tomato Improvement, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida
2014 Dutch Flower Bulbs: Production, Transport, Research, Utilization and a bit of Serendipity
  William B. Miller, Professor, Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
2013 Opportunities in Plant Breeding: From the Integration of Genomics to the Participation of Farmers
  Paul Gepts, Head of the Gepts Laboratory at the University of California at Davis
2012 Horticulture for Space: A Classic Exercise in Controlled Environment
  Raymond M. Wheeler, Senior scientist and Lead for Advanced Life Support, Kennedy Space Center, NASA
2011 Small steps or quantum leaps - how will US horticulture maintain its competitiveness?
  Nick K. Dokoozlian, Vice President, Viticulture, Chemistry and Enology at E&J Gallo Winery
2010 Developing strategies for sustainable production in a changing global climate scenario: Merging physiological and genetic approaches
  Jiwan Palta, Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2009 Fulfilling the Promise: Applying Molecular Tools to Horticultural Crops
  Michael S. Reid, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California at Davis
2008 Toward a More Equitable and Responsible Policy on Intellectual Property as it Relates to Plants
  James R. Ballington, Professor, Horticultural Science Department, North Carolina State University
2007 Industry and Research Need Each Other
  Bryson L. James, Consulting horticulturist
2006 Cooperative Research: A Way to Minimize the Erosion of Research Support
  Harold Pellett, Director, Landscape Plant Development Center
2005 Tospoviruses and Floral Crops: A University-Industry-USDA Partnership for Science and Crop Improvement
  James W. Moyer, Head, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University
2004 Universal Commonality of Unspoken Emotions Through Plants and Flowers
  Richard Craig, J. Franklin Styer, Professor Emeritis of Horticultural Botany, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
2003 The Transgenic Papaya Story: Genesis, Impact and Current Assessment
  Dennis Gonsalves, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor, Cornell University
2002 Conserving the Plants of the World: A Major Challenge
  Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
2001 New Perspectives for Tomorrow's Land Grant University
  Thomas A. Fretz, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, College Park
2000 The Role of Horticulture in the Production and Manufacture of Phytomedicines
  Loren D. Israelsen, President, LDI Group Inc.
1999 Gene Discovery: New Variability to Accelerate Horticultural Crop Improvement
  Frederick A. Bliss, Director of Worldwide Plant Breeding, Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc.
1998 Folklore, Fact, and Future of Food-based Phytoceuticals
  Irwin L. Goldman, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1997 The Evolution of Horticultural Technology
  Jules Janick, Director, Indiana Center for New Crops and Plant Products and James Troop Distinguished Professor of Horticulture, Purdue University
1996 Ethylene: It's Life or Death for Many Flowers
  William R. Woodson, Director, Interdisciplinary Plant Biology Program and Department of Horticulture Head, Purdue University
1995 Elms for the 21st Century
  Eugene B. Smalley, Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1994 Spray Application Technology: A Critical Component for Reducing Pesticide Usage
  Martin J. Bukovac, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
1993 George C. Papavizas, Research Leader (retired), Biocontrol of Plant Diseases Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1992 Conrad A. Skimina, Research Director, Monrovia Nursery Co., Azusa, California
1991 Arthur Kelman, Distinguished Scholar, North Carolina State University
1990 Marvin E. Jensen, Director, Colorado State University, Institute for Irrigation Management
1989 Mildred E. Mathias, Emeritus Professor of Botany, University of California at Los Angeles
1988 Richard W. Lighty, Director, Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora, Greenville, Delaware
1987 H.B. Tukey, Jr., Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Horticulture, Washington Park Arboretum, University of Washington-Seattle
1986 Alex Shigo, Shigo and Trees, Associates, Durham, New Hampshire
1985 S. Dillon Ripley, Secretary Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution
1984 John Cairns, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Biology and Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Tech
1983 Vernon W. Ruttan, Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota
1982 August Kehr, retired Agricultural Research Service Coordinator for National and Regional Research Programs on Vegetable, Florist, and Nursery Crops
1981 John Creech, Past Director, National Arboretum
1980 John Naisbitt, Publisher, The Trend Report
1979 William H. Whyte, author and conservationist
1978 Charles Lewis, Administrator, Collections Program, The Morton Arboretum
1977 Russell Peterson, President, New Directions
1976 William K. Reilly, President, The Conservation Foundation
1975 Nash Castro, General Manager, Palisades Interstate Park Commission
1974 Dame Barbara Ward, President, International Institute for Environmental Affairs
1973 John Mahlstede, Professor of Horticulture, Iowa State University
1972 René J. Dubos, Professor Emeritus, The Rockefeller University
1971 Ian L. McHarg, Chairman, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
1970 Arie Jan Haagen-Smit, Chairman, President?s Task Force on Air Pollution
1969 Patrick Horsbrugh, Professor of Architecture and creator of the Graduate Program in Environic Studies, Notre Dame University
1968 Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States