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Three Irish gardeners receive prestigious RHS awards


Celebrating the contributions of Thomas Pakenham, Seamus O’Brien and Paddy Mackie



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24 March 2022

Three Irish gardeners have been recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for their contributions to the world of horticulture.

Chairman and founder of the Irish Tree Society and stewardship of the trees of Tullynally, Thomas Pakenham was one of the recipients of the 2022 Veitch Memorial Medal. Awarded annually to persons of any nationality, the award celebrates those who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.

Paddy Mackie received the A J Waley medal for rhododendrons in recognition of the outstanding garden he and his wife Julie have created on the shores of Strangford Lough in Co. Down.

Seamus O’Brien, head gardener of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Co. Wicklow, has been presented with the Loder Rhododendron Cup. This is the second time in its 101-year history that an Irish gardener has received this award.

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