The American Horticultural Society is celebrating a lifelong gardener, botanist, researcher, and professor with its highest honor. The group presented the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award to Lucinda McDade, Ph.D. in April.
The award is given each year to an individual who made significant contributions to at least three horticultural fields.
McDade is an accomplished botanist, researcher, professor, and public garden administrator, who now serves as the Director of Research at the California Botanic Garden. McDade has studied and lectured around the world, and oversees several botany associations, including the largest professional society of plant scientists in the United States.
The AHS shared a video of her acceptance speech on their website.