Nominations for RHS People Awards are now open. 

The Victoria Medal of Honour

The Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH) may be awarded to British horticulturists deserving of special honour by the Society and is awarded for life. Only 63 medals may be held at any one time, in recognition of the duration in years of Queen Victoria’s reign.

In 2017 the VMH was awarded to RHS Ambassador and Vice President Jekka McVicar and Nick Dunn.

Associate of Honour

An Associate of Honour may be awarded to persons of British nationality who have rendered distinguished service to the practice of Horticulture either as employers, or employees during the course of their working career. The number of Associates of Honour may not exceed 100 at any one time.

In 2017 the Associate of Honour was awarded to: Sarah Eberle, Susan Dickinson, Ian Wright, Stephen Crisp and Ivor Stokes.

The Veitch Memorial Medal

The Veitch Memorial Medal may be awarded annually to persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the art, science or practice of horticulture.

In 2017 the Veitch Memorial Medal was awarded to: Dominic Cole, Rod Leeds, Philippe Lecoufle, William McNamara and Andrew McIndoe.

The Harlow Carr Medal

The Harlow Carr Medal is conferred on persons who have made a significant contribution to horticulture in the North of England.

In 2017 the Harlow Carr Medal was awarded to Rae Beckwith.

See a list of other awards


Nominations for the RHS People Awards are now closed and will reopen in spring 2018.

For more information, please contact RHS Awards Enquiries on 020 7821 3653 or email Secretary

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