Master of Horticulture (RHS)

Designed for professional horticulturists who wish to grow their careers, the RHS Master of Horticulture is the Society’s most prestigious qualification. Upon completing this degree-level equivalent qualification, holders of the award may use the designation MHort (RHS) after their name.

In 2020 the Master of Horticulture was awarded to Gina Beresford, Franziska Cheeseman, Michael Darvill, Pippa Green, Matthew Gyles, Maia Hall, Charlotte Howard, Robin Joo, Tim Kirk, Piers Lavan, Gary Roger Leaver, Andrew David Lewis, Ann McCann, Philip Newcombe, Laura O’Connor, Mark Ogden, Benjamin Pope, Anthony Riddington, Jack Shilley, Lori-Elizabeth Stickney and David Malcolm Whelan.


E H Trophy

Provided from a fund bequeathed in 1961 by the late W J M Hawkey in memory of his grandmother, Mrs Elizabeth; his mother, Mrs Ellen; and his wife Mrs Emma Hawkey. This award is offered for the best exhibit of cut flowers shown to the Society during the year.

In 2020 the E H Trophy was awarded to Barbados Horticultural Society for their exhibit ‘The Charter of Barbados 1652’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.


Stanley Lord Bowl

Provided in 1998 by the Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society (now Perennial), on loan from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, this trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of fruit shown to the Society during the year at any of its Shows.

In 2020 the Stanley Lord Bowl was awarded to Frank P Matthews Ltd for their exhibit at Malvern Autumn Show 2019.


Ralph B White Medal

Provided from a fund bequeathed by Ralph Bernard White, who died in 1991, this medal is awarded annually, or at the discretion of the Bulb Committee, to the breeder of the best ‘new’ daffodil cultivator exhibited at one of the Society’s Shows during the year. ‘New’ means it has not been registered for more than five years.

In 2020 the Ralph B White Medal was awarded to Brian Duncan MBE for his exhibit of Narcissus ‘Threesome’, exhibited at the Early Daffodil Competition at RHS Garden Wisley in April 2019.


Peter Barr Memorial Cup

Presented in 1912 by the Trustees of the Peter Barr Memorial Fund in commemoration of Mr Peter Barr. The cup is awarded annually on the recommendation of the RHS Bulb Committee to someone who, in the Committee’s opinion, has achieved good work of some kind in connection with daffodils.

In 2020 the Peter Barr Memorial Cup was awarded to Lady Skelmersdale VMH.


Anthony Huxley Trophy

Instituted in 1994 in commemoration of Anthony Huxley, a Vice-President of the Society and Chairman of the former Floral ‘C’ Committee. This award is presented annually to the best group exhibit of plants usually grown for decorative effect in a protected environment including greenhouses, conservatories or dwelling houses, at a show judged by the RHS Tender Ornamental Plant Committee, or by a panel from, or including members of, that Committee during the year.

In 2020 the Anthony Huxley Trophy was awarded to Andy’s Airplants for their exhibit of Tillandsia at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019.


RHS Orchid Trophy

First awarded in 2013, the RHS Orchid Trophy is awarded annually to the exhibitor of the most finely grown orchid plant shown to the Orchid Committee during the year.

In 2020 the RHS Orchid Trophy was awarded to Burnhams Nurseries Ltd for Cirrhaea dependens ‘Burnham Jubilee’.


Joyce Stewart Trophy

First offered in 2013 to the exhibitor of the best orchid species shown to the Orchid Committee during the year.

In 2020 the Joyce Stewart Trophy was awarded to Burnhams Nurseries Ltd for Polystachya vulcanica ‘Burnham Jubilee’.


Colin Spires Herb Trophy

Instituted in 2004, the Colin Spires Herb Trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of medicinal and/or culinary herbs staged during the year at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2020 the Colin Spires Herb Trophy was awarded to Hooksgreen Herbs for their colourful exhibit at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019.


Farrer Trophy

Instituted in 1959 in commemoration of Reginald Farrer, plant collector and authority on alpine plants, this trophy is awarded for the best exhibit of plants suitable for the rock garden or alpine house staged during the year at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2020 the Farrer Trophy was awarded to Kevock Garden Plants for their exhibit of ‘Alpine, bog and woodland plants’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.


Gordon-Lennox Trophy

First presented by Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox in 1913, since 1999, this trophy has been awarded for the best exhibit of vegetables staged during the year at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2020 the Gordon-Lennox Trophy was awarded to Medwyn’s of Anglesey for their exhibit of vegetables at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.


Williams Memorial Medal

Instituted in 1896 by the Trustees of the Williams Memorial Fund in commemoration of B S Williams, the medal is awarded for a group of plants and/or cut blooms of one genus (fruit and vegetables excepted) which shows excellence in cultivation, staged at one of the Society’s Shows during the year.

In 2020 the Williams Memorial Medal was awarded to Pheasant Acre Plants for their exhibit of ‘Gladiolus’ at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2019.


Mrs F E Rivis Prize

Provided from a fund presented in 1960 by Miss A K Hincks in commemoration of her sister, Mrs F E Rivis, with a view to encouraging excellence in cultivation. This prize is awarded to the gardener or other employee responsible for the cultivation of the exhibit for which the Williams Memorial Medal is awarded.

In 2020 the Mrs F E Rivis Prize was awarded to Robert Evans, Pheasant Acre Plants.


Holford Medal

Presented by the Executors of the late Sir George Holford in 1928, from 2013, the Holford Medal has been awarded for the best exhibit of plants and/or flowers (including fruit and vegetables) staged during the year by an amateur or group of amateurs at one of the Society’s Shows.

In 2020 the Holford Medal was awarded to the National Sweet Pea Society for their exhibit ‘A display of sweet peas and Lathyrus species’ at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2019.


Wigan Cup

Presented by the late Mr A L Wigan in 1911, the Wigan Cup is awarded for the best exhibit shown to the Society during the year by a Local Authority.

In 2020 the Wigan Cup was awarded to Birmingham City Council for their exhibit of ‘Floella’s Future’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.


The Lindley Award

The Lindley Award is awarded for the best Lindley exhibit displayed at one of the Society’s shows for that year. Lindley exhibits are floral exhibits, with an added educational information component to the display.

In 2020 The Lindley Award was awarded to Hoyland Plant Centre for their exhibit of an ‘Educational display of Agapanthus, × Amarine, Nerine’ at Malvern Autumn Show 2019.


Lawrence Medal

Instituted in 1906 to celebrate Sir Trevor Lawrence’s 21-year tenure of office as President of the Society, the Lawrence Medal is awarded annually for the best exhibit shown to the Society during the year.

Nominees included Andy’s Airplants, Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery, Fernatix, Fibrex Nurseries Ltd, Pheasant Acre Plants and The Salutation Nursery and Garden.

In 2020 the Lawrence Medal was awarded to Kelnan Plants for their exhibit of ‘Mature Restio and South African flora’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.


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