Gold Medal Plants
Since its inception in 1978, the Gold Medal Plant
Award program of The
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has recognized trees, shrubs
and woody vines of outstanding merit. The program was originally
conceived by noted nurseryman Dr. J. Franklin Styer, who realized
homeowners and gardeners needed to learn about superior woody plants
for their landscapes. These plants are evaluated and chosen for
their superb eye-appeal, performance, and hardiness in the growing
region of Zones 5-7. Many winners are hardy in a much broader
gardener acquires a plant designated a Gold Medal winner, he or she
can be assured the plant will exhibit standards of excellence
for pest and disease resistance, as well as ease of
growing, when planted and maintained by recommended methods.
Gold Medal Plants are also chosen for their beauty through
many seasons, whether it be foliage, flower, form or bark.