Previous winners, 1999 to 2018
André Poliquin (2018)
A scientific communicator well-known to fans of horticulture in Québec, André Poliquin has been sharing his love of clematises, roses and orchids for close to 40 years. In the course of his career – as the author of reference books, as a lecturer, and as president of the Orchidophiles de Québec and the Québec Rose Society – he has passed on his passion for plants and his knowledge with great generosity and with infectious enthusiasm.
Yves Gagnon (2017)
Forty years ago, when few people had even heard of organic gardening, Yves Gagnon decided to make it his mission. Among his most noteworthy accomplishments, of course, are Les jardins du Grand-Portage, in Saint-Didace. In this two-acre space, he created an organic vegetable garden and designed English- and Oriental-style gardens where he grows medicinal and ornamental plants as well as vegetables and herbs. His books on horticulture became key reference works on organic gardening in Quebec, and have continued to influence new generations of gardeners.
Bertrand Dumont (2016)
Educator, columnist and very popular speaker, Bertrand Dumont has helped to promote the joys of gardening and plants. His greatest accomplishment, though, is definitely his time from 1994 to 2003 as editor of Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins magazine, a specialized publication that had a monthly readership of over 800,000 – unparalleled success for this type of magazine.
Claude Vallée (2015)
Agronomist, teacher and technological-innovation coordinator in horticulture at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire. He has over 25 years of ornamental-horticulture experience in the areas of production, teaching and innovation, as well as in horticulture-related communications.
- Albert Mondor (2014)
Albert Mondor has a diploma in ornamental horticulture and a degree in plant biology. He enjoys writing and sharing his ideas about horticulture and has been a garden designer for over thirty years. Mr. Mondor was recognized for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of horticultural knowledge in Quebec.
- Isabelle Dupras (2013)
With a background as a landscape architect, Isabelle Dupras has spent more than 20 years promoting and preserving the native flora of Québec. Ms. Dupras has been recognized for her meaningful contribution to the advancement of Québec ornamental horticulture.
- Francis H. Cabot (2012)
Horticultural enthusiast, owner of the Jardins de Quatre-Vents, American philanthropist who contributed to the growth of horticulture in Québec and to the promotion of heritage and culture in the Charlevoix region.
- Hélène Leclerc (2011)
Executive Director of the Fondation du Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière, an exceptional heritage site and one of the most beautiful gardens in North America.
- Jacques-André Rioux (2010)
Professor for over 20 years, key player in the creation of the very popular horticulture program at Université Laval.
- Elsie Reford (posthumously) and Alexander Reford (2009)
Founder and director of Reford Gardens / Jardin de Métis.
- Jean-Claude Vigor (2008)
Professor at the ITA and horticultural columnist at Radio-Canada.
- Émile Jacqmain (2007)
Horticulturist and superintendent of the Jardin botanique de Montréal, responsible for its exceptional development and modernization.
- Fred Oehmichen (2006)
Landscape architect and horticulturist, expert on grasses and owner of Oka fleurs.
- Daniel A. Séguin (2005)
Agronomist, professor at the ITA, initiator of the horticulture event in Saint-Hyacinthe and a pioneer in training professional horticulturists in Québec.
- Gaëtan Hamel (2004)
Founder of the Centre Jardin Hamel.
- Milan B. Havlin (2003)
Landscape architect, professor at the ITA and founder of Milan B. Havlin Prize.
- Henri and Camille Perron (2002)
Horticulturists and founders of W.H. Perron Ltd.
- Wilfrid Meloche (2001)
One of Mr. Teuscher’s co-workers, professor at the Institut de technologie agricole de Saint-Hyacinthe (ITA) and head of the Garden’s greenhouses.
- Roger Van Den Hende (2000)
Professor emeritus with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science at Université Laval, landscape architect and founder of the Roger Van Den Hende Garden.
- Tony Huber (1999)
Horticulturist and iris breeder.