Monrovia Honored by the Garden Writers Association for Distinguished Service in Expanding Garden Communications

AZUSA, Calif. – (September 23, 2014) – The Garden Writers Association (GWA), a professional organization for U.S. and Canadian garden communicators, awarded the Wilfred J. Jung Distinguished Service Medal to Monrovia for promoting gardening in North America, helping expand the profession of garden communications and supporting the goals of GWA. Candidates are nominated by the membership, recommended by an honors committee and elected by the board of directors.

Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia’s spokesperson, accepted the award at GWA’s annual symposium last month. The Distinguished Service Medal was created in 1992, and named after a longtime executive director of GWA. Past honorees have included Proven Winners, All-America Rose Selections, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Chanticleer, Fiskars, Gardener Supply Company, Longwood Gardens, Miracle-Gro and Burpee Seeds.

“Monrovia is honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Staddon. “We believe in providing gardeners – both seasoned veterans and novices alike – with ideas and inspiration, and nurturing their love of plants and beautiful landscapes.”

At the same event, Monrovia earned a Silver Media Award for the best overall eNewsletter. This is the second GWA award for Monrovia’s Plant Savvy newsletter.


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Background on Monrovia:
Founded in 1926, Monrovia is the leading grower of premium ornamental and edible plants, with more than 3,600 varieties, including more than 214 exclusives. Monrovia works with the world’s best breeders to bring improved plants to the gardens of America and Canada. Its Distinctively Better® plants are nurtured by hand to produce healthy plants that flourish in the landscape. Monrovia’s five environmentally responsible nurseries are located in Visalia and Venice Hills, Calif., Dayton, Ore., Cairo, Ga., and Granby, Conn. Monrovia plants can be purchased in-store or online with delivery to independent garden centers, and through re-wholesalers nationwide. The company remains a family owned entity.
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Background on the Garden Writers Association
The Garden Writers Association (GWA) is a non-profit organization of more than 1,800 professional communicators in the lawn and garden industry. GWA provides leadership and opportunities for education, recognition, career development and a forum for diverse interactions for professionals in the field of garden communication. Its membership is composed of garden professionals including book authors, staff editors, syndicated columnists, free-lance writers, photographers, speakers, landscape designers, television and radio personalities, consultants, catalog publishers, extension service agents and more.