The Awards Committee Chairperson, along with the committee, is responsible for selecting the recipients for the awards of horticultural excellence in residential and commercial categories. There is to be one recipient of each.
The committee meets in early spring to discuss and plan criteria and site visits. Outstanding gardens are often suggested by other club members or through word of mouth. The committee visits each site several times during the growing season. The criteria for an outstanding garden include; three-season appeal, aesthetics, color, variety of plant material, land use, and general appearance. The committee makes its decisions in early fall and presents its findings at the general meeting. A poster is usually constructed and displayed. The chair requests that one gardener (or family member) attend that general club meeting to accept the framed award. The recipients also receive a sign to put in the garden from the EAGC. The chair requests from the board a year’s free membership for each category recipient. The chair sends the award recipient information and pictures to the Webmaster and also to the Public Relations Chairperson after the Awards meeting in October.
The chair is expected to attend as many board meetings as possible during the club year. The Awards budget is set by agreement between the board and the chair.