Allan Armitage has been honored for his horticultural achievements throughout the country. A world-renowned University of of Georgia professor emeritus, writer, speaker and researcher, he has written 16 books and many articles.
Michael Dirr is recognized as one of the most influential horticulturists in the U.S. A University of Georgia professor emeritus, writer, speaker, researcher and woody plant expert, he has introduced more than 50 plant species and written 12 books and many articles.
Natalia Hamill is the Brand and Business Development Manager for Bailey Nurseries. An MU alumna, she has done graduate work at the University of Georgia, and has worked in publishing and advertising, owned her own garden center and is a published garden author.
Vince Dooley is a retired University of Georgia coaching legend turned landscape gardener. Over the course of 20 years, he has transformed his Athens, Ga., property into a botanical garden and written a popular book about the journey.