Gardener Recognition Awards 2018

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The 2018 Gardener Recognition Awards will be announced October 4th. Check back soon for the winners and photographs of the spectacular gardens. A heartfelt Thank You to our Presenting Sponsor, Western & Southern Financial Fund, for their continued support.



2017 Gardener Recognition Awards


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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.  


Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Gardener Recognition Award Winners. 


Special Awards

Chairman’s Award – Leslie Gordon

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society’s 2017 Chairman’s Award highlights gardens representing all the qualities of good design principles: balance, flow, color, and a strong relationship to the home. The plant material must be healthy, well-maintained, and appropriate for the site conditions. Meticulous maintenance of the site is a huge factor.

Leslie Gordon, caretaker and gardener of this historic Madeira property takes her stewardship very seriously.  But there is also fun apparent.  There are several interlocking “rooms” – the first is a shady space with gargoyles and angels amongst hostas. They give way to a sunny home-side space with a Koi pond and waterfall. The next steps follow a path through a Roman-style classically pruned boxwood garden.  All of this is but a prelude to the family entertainment walled space with exotic colorful surrounds and hanging baskets.




Inspirational Award – Cheryle Webb and Frank Semlan

 Our CHS Inspirational Award has traditionally been given to the garden(ers) that offer the most ideal representation of a floral paradise. There are several acres to the Webb-Zemlan Indian Hill property. But it becomes easy to take in since it can be divided into specific areas. The Zen garden at the home’s entrance becomes a personal experience of peace with the minute adjustment of one of the island-rocks.  Hanecloa grass has a good display in this courtyard.  The grand expanse of lawn is framed by traditional perennial borders, bursting with seasonal color.  It features a lovely sitting area to rest and review all the colorful wonder.  Stately weeping willows shelter a grandchild’s hidden fairy garden.
















Award of Gardening Excellence – Suzanne and Grady Gibson

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society’s 2017 Gardening Excellence has been with this program for a long time.  It is meant to recognize the gardener who has created a garden space that will enlighten those who experience it to follow their dreams. This homestead is the typical Newport, Ky property on a tree-lined street with limited front and back yards. A classic-looking front garden is bordered by boxwood. And then, apparently, the owners said “why not?”   In the backyard, Suzanne and Grady Gibson centered a small patio and plantings around a swimming pool!  The works are hidden behind a marvelous modern planter arrangement. The planting themselves are colorful as well as durable.  A Dawn Redwood was even fit into the setting along with the property’s historical original gate as backdrop. An aqua color unifies the doorway with  pieces of garden art.






Judges’ Commendation – David Radlinski

The Cincinnati Horticultural Society’s 2017 Judges’ Commendation has always brought a most satisfying conclusion to the Society’s annual program.  The gardener recognized with this award has always had that “something special”.

In this case, the nomination follows many other awards made on a national, local and professional level to David Radlinski.

This is a most unusual Milford garden. The bonsai specimens displayed so artistically represent years of planting and horticultural pruning.  The impact on the central patio space is one of peace- and, amazement. Each specimen deserves its own special attention for its own excellent presentation and appearance. There is a softening selection of grasses and perennials that frame the collection.

This garden is definitely a “cut-above”. 



 The Ron Wilson Container Gardening Award– Cathy Strasser

This brand new 2017 Award is specifically offered under the name of Cincinnati’s premier professional radio gardener. And its first winner has the most superb rendition of a limited- space, limited-access floral wonderland.

Cathy Strasser had to contend with an amazing set of variables. She had very limited space, in this case, a rooftop area about 250 ft square which sits on a rooftop above busy Hamilton Avenue in College Hill. Many types of containers were utilized, vintage and modern ceramics, even garbage cans, all out-fitted with drainage holes. She also dad to deal with related container growing problems with different types of soil, fertilizer, and water. And lastly, how to get all these things up a 20-plus step flight of indoor stairs.

This gardener has succeeded admirably. She has set the standard for all with a variety of plant material, contrasting textures, vibrant color, and season-long spectacular production. 



2017 Award Winners 

Cynthia Bercaw

Omer and Cecil Berger

Dr. Jon Bossert

Steve Bowling

Gail and Jerold Chuck

City of Cheviot 

Civic Garden Center Community Garden

Cindy Coggins  

City of Fairfield

Federated Garden Clubs

Dr. Grady and Suzanne Gibson

Leslie Gordon

Libby Head

Jim Jordan

John and Lisa Kaising

Andrea Klopfenstein

 Krohn Conservatory

Dianna Laurence

Mc Donalds Restaurant

Norwood Community Garden

Laura Noyes

Belinda and Roger Perna

Dave Radlinski

Julie and Dick Seitz

Doug & Linda Selkirk

Barry Stare

Randy Stephens

Cathy Strasser


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