2017 Gardener Recognition Awards


Presenting Sponsor



The Cincinnati Horticultural Society (CHS) encourages horticultural excellence by recognizing local residents and businesses whose love of gardening cultivates gorgeous outdoor spaces that delight and inspire all who see them. 

Watch for the announcement of the 2017 Gardener Recognition Award Winners and pictures of their gardens in December.



2016 Gardener Recognition Awards


Please join us in congratulating the 2016 Gardener Recognition Award Winners. 


Special Awards

Marsha Haberer Trustee Award – Leesa  Comparin, Camden, OH

The Comparin property in Camden Ohio was planted largely by the homeowners with key pieces moved from their previous home.  The nine acres have become a showcase for plants of unique shape, color, and texture with water features, sculptures, a viewing tower, a maple sugar “shack”, and trails through the woodland.



Delle and Ted Jones Inspirational Award – Daniel C Day, Williamsburg, OH

Daniel Day’s passion for creating beautiful spaces and re-purposing materials is striking.  Statuary, water features, a sauna, trails, bridges, a deck, patios and a grape covered pergola hide amidst lush vegetation. Exquisite foliage combinations and natural borders abound 


Jean and Jerry Eichert Treasurer Award – Denise and Michael Holscher, Cincinnati, OH

A 23’ deep lake is the centerpiece of the Holschers’ front “yard”.  Care for detail and flow of color and texture are apparent in this plant collector’s paradise. Problems are solved within the landscape: the lake provides irrigation water and a stone-lined creek (complete with bridge) takes care of drainage issue behind the house.  Antique garden equipment has been incorporated into display beds, including a unique railing made of wagon wheels.















Martha Seaman Chairman’s Award – Liz and Warren Remle, Hamilton OH

Color combinations of purple, pink and burgundy charm the eye; a yellow chair sits amidst yellow and pink annuals. Norway and blue spruce and pines frame a charming guest house.  The Remles provide a bird sanctuary and feeders; a pair of swans Charlie and Susie grace two ponds on the premises. A long view of the property is enjoyed from the patio with many benches scattered around to encourage visitors to pause and enjoy the various landscape vignettes.




2016 Award Winners 

Kathy and Robert Berninger

Rose Bohan

Iris and Jim Bush

Ginny Clark

Leesa Comparin

Daniel Day

Deborah and Daniel Durham

Tom Fryman

Chris and Gary Grafs

Pat and Don Hinkley

Denise and Mike Holscher

Sandra and Stephen Joffe

Jackie Lahrmer

Kate Lawrence 

Liz and Warren Remle

Pam and Mike Staun

Greg Tulley

Amanda and Guy VanRooyen

Judy and Tom Woods


2016 Certificate Awards -Residential

Susie and Bruce Kohler

Molly and Joey Kueffner

Karen and Todd Majors

Lynn Miller

Janice Ring

Benita and Dave Winters


2016 Certificate Awards – Commercial

Cincinnatus Savings and Loan

Fairfield Taco Bell

West Hills Apartments


2016 Certificate Awards – Community

Chisolm and Butler County Gardeners

East Row Garden Club

Mount Adams Community Garden



2015 Award Winners

Ken & Pam Hilvert

Mark & Linda Eppler

Greg Villena

Tim & Vicki Lighthall

Karen Jetters

Connie Wallace

Sue Ann Vogt

Dr. Edmund Jones

Russ & Donna Welty

Mark & Lindsay Bibler

Del Langenbrunner

Boone County Arboretum

Bonita & Gene Brockert

Doris Niemeyer

Bennett Dowling/ Civic Garden Center

Debbie Burger

Ada Perkins

John & Beverly Cannon

Jack Shelton

Village of Evendale

Alice Eby

Tony Taphorn


2014 Award Winners

Christina Anderson

Beverly Bibent

Karen and Leroy Brothers

Sue Brungs

Bonnie Dixon

Sherry Goodson

Greg Helterbridle

Marie Huenefeld

Larry Huston

Kat Jenkins

Ron Kauffman

Donna McMullin

Bill and Michele Mischler

Sarita Naegel

Our Lady of the Rosary/ Jeff Bossman

Emery Schmidt and Jim Swearingen

Sycamore High School Garden

Trinity Episcopal Church

Kathy and Dick Wayman

Jan Wrassman


2013 Award Winners

Arrowhead Apartments

Libby Bassett

Theodore M. Berry Friendship Park

Tom & Debbie Bosarge

Cabrini Clark-Jacobsen

Cooper Creek Event Center

Cornerstone at Norwood

Chad & Tiffany Fitzsimmons

Brian & Amy Gockerman

Greenacres Foundation

Gary & Dena Gruber

Maryan Hahn

George Knoske

Edgar E. Loyd

Suzanne Merusi

Dr. Lairy W. Miller & Debra Miller

Don & Mary Holtmeier

Bill & Charlotte Moore

Tom & Leslie Mowry

Mark & Nan Plunkett

Procter & Gamble

The Pub at Rookwood

Stanley M. Rowe Arboretum

Stu & Cathy Scheller

Tom & Genny Sedler

Jody Skowronek

Diana Spears-Laurence

Frances Turrell

Dave & Kim Volker


2012 Award Winners

Banana Leaf Modern Thai

Michele & Scott Beuerlein

Katherine & Manfred Bohlke

Connie & Jack Campbell

The Cincinnati Woman’s Club

Jennifer & Robert Conklin

Cecilia & Joe Davis

Jared & Bridget Davis

Elisha Morgan Farm Mansion Heritage Garden

Hammond North Condominium

Karen Freeman

Jack & Vickei Gluckman

Susan & Gary Greiner

Lisa Gross

Janet Helterbridle

Sandy Hickey

Highfield Discovery Garden

Angela Lampe

Sandy & Dick Manteuffel

Jane Mashburn

Greater Milford Events and Arts Council

Carol & Bob Olson

Kathy & Mark Onady

Pelican’s Reef

Kathy & Fred Pfirrmann

Susie Peck & Dan Earls

Melody Sawyer Richardson

Nancy & Tom Shepherd

Susy Spence

St. Johns Unitarian Universalist Church

Betsy & Charles Townsend


2011 Award Winners

James and Vicki Crushman

Bonnie and Rick Doepke

Roy and Michelle Eckart

Granny’s Garden School

Glendale Garden Club/ Rogan Family Garden

Eads Hardware Store

Ed and Marsha Haberer

Michael Hodovanic

James Free Jewelers

Margaret Johnson

The Kenwood by Senior Star

Jane Mashburn

Craig and Debbie Mann

City of Madeira

City of Montgomery

National Exemplar/ Mariemont Inn

Connie Strawser

St. Gabriel Consolidated School

Western Cincinnati Neurological Institute

Pat Zehnder


2010 Award Winners

Jeff Bossman for Camargo Trading Company

Cheryl and Ray Bittman

Jane Butler

Arja Ewing

Afsaneh Fowler

Glendale Village Gardeners for Village of Glendale

Jane and Frank Green

Steve and Barb Groh

Lisa Gross for the Hyde Park Wine Merchant

Ed and Janet Hermes

Helen K. Hoffmann

Village of Loveland

Sue Laing

Village of Mariemont

Jenny Meyers

Dennis Warner and Paula Phillips for Kenwood Country Club

Jay Yasbeck


2009 Award Winners

Steve Beckman

Mary Jane and Gerald Blain

Lee DeRhodes

The late June Edwards

Pat and Chuck Ellsworth

Ivy Kelly

Len Kuertz

Gladys Miller

Kathy and Terry Muldoon

Donald and Beverly Redder

Lana Santavicca

Ginny Tom


2008 Award Winners

Gardener Recognition Awards

Best Perennial Display – Karen Davis, Batavia

Best Water Feature – Gary and Cindy Doolan, Milford

Best Land Renovation – The Kemper Family, Fort Thomas, KY

Best Shrub Collection – Tom and Diane Leugers, Anderson Township

Best Single Genus Display, Dahlias – Mike Maloney and Jeff Dey, Kennedy Heights

Best Use of Ornamental Grasses – Major and Winona McNeil, Kennedy Heights

Best Unusual Plant Display – David and Lois Paterson, Kennedy Heights

Best Use of Color – Lori Puthoff, Kennedy Heights

Best Curb Appeal – Steve and Sherri Warshaw, Blue Ash

Best Use of Annuals – Patricia Wood, White Oak


Child Friendly Backyard Award Winners

The Dustman Family, Clifton

The Harrison Family, Wyoming

The Mays Family, Loveland

The McNett/Eicher Family, Loveland

The Miller Family, New Richmond


2007 Award Winners

Betsy and Dick Buck, Montgomery

Beverly and Louis Dollin, Loveland

Howard Hohman, Fairfield Township

Patty and Marc Horwitz, Anderson Township

Peggy and Dave Lopez, Montford Heights

Dick and Nancy Riedel, Anderson Township


2006 Award Winners

Inspirational Award – Carol Conners

Cincinnati Parks Department Award – Dale Euller

CHS Chairman’s Award – Melanie & Doug Hinger

Stona J. Fitch Award – Marilyn & Bill Nies

Cincinnati Magazine Award – Maria Uhlenbrock


Other Award Winners

Diane & Jack Clasen

Chris DeLois

Barb & Glenn Redmer

Wayne Richards

Ruth Shepard

Carol Simmons