Honorary Life Member Award
Well known as the long-time Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania , Paul has had an outstanding career of accomplishment. His success in his first position as Curator of the Living Collection in 1976, provided the opportunity for him to be chosen as Director of Horticulture in 1983. With a special interest in trees, Paul transformed the grounds with innumerable improvements and new plantings. His talents were recognized when Paul was appointed Executive Director in 1991.
For 43 years Paul’s name has been synonymous with Morris Arboretum. He had great success in bringing in significant funding to revitalize many features on the grounds, including the iconic Victorian fern conservatory. New buildings, including the Horticulture Center which received the coveted Leeds Platinum award, have opened during his tenure. A leader in international plant exploration, Paul has led or participated in 11 trips to East Asia following in the footsteps of many noted plant explorers. Introductions from his travels have improved the diversity of horticultural offerings that will thrive in the mid-Atlantic region.
For many years Paul traversed the Morris Arboretum landscape camera in hand. His professional ability is illustrated by the lush photographs in the handsome volume “Morris Arboretum through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer.” These striking photographs of the beautiful grounds taken at all seasons are truly marvelous. Paul has received many honors most notably Honorary Member, Garden Club of America, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award of the American Horticultural Society and the Scott Medal from the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. APGA has recognized his contributions with the Professional Citation in 2001 and the Award of Merit in 2013 and now the Honorary Life Member Award in 2020.
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