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John Floyd wins American Horticultural Society award

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — The American Horticultural Society has announced that John Floyd Jr., of Trussville, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Society’s Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes a past board member or friend of the society for outstanding service in support of the society’s goals, mission and activities.

The award is one of the Great American Gardeners Awards that the American Horticultural Society presents annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that represent the best in American gardening. Each of the recipients has contributed significantly to fields such as scientific research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, teaching and conservation.

John Floyd, left, with AHS Executive Director Tom Underwood
photo courtesy of Herrera Campbell Photography

Floyd has served the society in a number of capacities, including three terms on the Board of Directors, co-chairing membership for the National Committee and serving on the Editorial Advisory Council for The American Gardener. Floyd continues to be involved in American Horticultural Society activities, including hosting the 2013 AHS Travel Study Program in Spain with his wife, Pam.

Floyd was editor-in-chief of Birmingham-based Southern Living magazine for 18 years and also served as vice president before retiring in 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

On June 5, the AHS honored Floyd and the other 2014 award recipients during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet, held at the society’s headquarters at River Farm in Alexandria, Va.

The American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, is an educational, nonprofit organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture.

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