RHS People Awards

These awards celebrate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to horticulture and gardening

RHS Award winners


Nominations for the 2022 RHS People Awards are now closed.

For more information about RHS Awards, please contact secretary@rhs.org.uk or telephone 020 7821 3068.

RHS Awards

The Victoria Medal of Honour

Established in 1897, with the assent of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) may be awarded to British horticulturists deserving of special honour by the Society. Only 63 medals may be held at any one time, in recognition of the duration in years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

The 2020 Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) was awarded to Christopher Bailes, Jim Gardiner and Jim (James) McColl MBE.

Associate of Honour

Established in 1930, the Associate of Honour is conferred on persons of British nationality who have rendered distinguished service to the practice of horticulture during the course of their working life. The number of Associates of Honour may not exceed 100 at any one time (excluding those Associates who also hold the Victoria Medal of Honour).

The 2021 Associate of Honour was awarded to Jamie Blake, Ewen Donaldson and Elizabeth MacGregor.

The 2020 Associate of Honour was awarded to Christopher Brookes, Peter Sandwell and Keith Wiley.

The Veitch Memorial Medal

The Veitch Memorial Medal is awarded annually to persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.

The 2021 Veitch Memorial Medal was awarded to Junonia Colley, Dr John Hughes, Phil Lusby and Professor Long Yayi.

The 2020 Veitch Memorial Medal was awarded to John Anderson, Owen Johnson, Rosie Peddle, Derek Spicer and Ian Young.

The Harlow Carr Medal

The Harlow Carr Medal is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to horticulture in the North of England, through the length of service, commitment to projects or capabilities, combined with reliability and professionalism.

The 2021 Harlow Carr Medal was awarded to Graham Porter.

The 2020 Harlow Carr Medal was awarded to David Rose.

Roy Lancaster Award

The Roy Lancaster Award is awarded to individuals under 35 (on the date of nomination) who have achieved an exceptional contribution to the practice, science or promotion of horticulture.

The 2021 Roy Lancaster Award was awarded to Kirsty Wilson.

The 2020 Roy Lancaster Award was awarded to Harry Baldwin.

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