About Gold Medal Plants
The Gold Medal Plant Award Program of the Pennsylvania Horticutural Society (PHS) was originally conceived by J. Franklin Styer, Swarthmore Class of 1920, in 1978. This award recognizes outstanding, woody, ornamental trees, shrubs, and vines. Each year, the Gold Medal Plant Award Committee - made up of horticulturists, nurserymen, and plant experts from the Delaware Valley - selects plants to receive the Gold Medal designation.
Since the program’s inception, the Scott Arboretum has been showcasing Gold Medal selections throughout the campus. The Gold Medal Plants Garden, created in 2005, highlights both specimens and mass plantings of Gold Medal selections, denoted by a Gold Medal medallion.