Garden Club of America's Medal of Honor

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P. ALLEN SMITH RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED HORTICULTURAL AWARD: GARDEN CLUB OF AMERICA'S MEDAL OF HONOR

(Little Rock, AR, May 12, 2006) P. Allen Smith, professional garden designer, author, and host of two nationally syndicated television shows will be presented the Garden Club of America's prestigious Medal of Honor at the Club's 93rd Annual Meeting Awards Dinner in Denver, Colorado on May 23, 2006.

According to the Garden Club of America's National Awards Committee, Smith was selected after reviewing all the nominees for this high honor because of his "extraordinary talents and unique contributions as an expert garden designer, gifted teacher and superb communicator who has created special opportunities to educate and inspire the American public with the joy of gardening." He was also lauded for his public landscape designs that beautify community spaces, his leadership on boards and commissions, and his passion for the environment.

Smith's has worked tirelessly to create a national community of gardening enthusiasts. As President and CEO of his company, Hortus Ltd., he employs a multi-media approach through television, print, and the Internet to communicate with his many followers. The core of his message is to demonstrate how innovative garden design adds to the beauty and livability of our homes while connecting us with the natural world. According to Smith, "If you are willing to become involved in the process of designing, planting, and caring for a garden, then it can lead to new levels of self-discovery and transcendence. There seems to be something deep within us that needs to connect with nature by growing a garden."

Smith is an award-winning garden authority, creative innovator and an artist of the original medium. The Little Rock Garden Club nominated Smith for this top award not only for his role in the national gardening spotlight; as the host of two popular television shows, reports on the Weather Channel, appearances on NBC's Today Show, author of three best-selling Garden Home books and magazines columns including Woman's Day and Cottage Living, but for his commitment to charity and the community as well.

Smith created the program, "Kids Plant It Earth," as a way to reach children and teach them about the world around them through gardening. He has traveled to elementary schools across the nation for class discussions and hands-on garden activities. While he designs gardens from coast to coast, he has also served his community as an advisor for development of the grounds at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. Much of Allen's approach to gardening and design was influenced through his studies in England where he became a Certified Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Smith serves on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation (Americans in Alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and supports several organizations such as the Institute of Classical Architecture, the Nature Conservancy, Heifer Project, Organic Farming Research Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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