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The Cary Award is a program to promote outstanding plants for New England gardens. Named in honor of Shewsbury plantsman Ed Cary, it highlights woody landscape plants that have proven their performance in New England.
For over 20 years the Worcester County Horticultural Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have been extolling the virtues of outstanding trees, shrubs, groundcovers and woody vines. Beginning in 1997, and with the aid of the northeast’s foremost plant experts*, the Society has awarded over 57 plants its highest honor with the Cary Award. These plants are specifically chosen for their sustainable attributes, pest and disease resistance and hardiness in USDA zones 3-6. All provide extended, or multiple seasons of interest and are readily available in the nursery trade. The award winners can be seen at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, headquarters of the Society, where they are integrated amongst the inspiring gardens.
Any person may nominate a plant they think is worthy of receiving this award. The award is given to the plant, not the person nominating it.
Award-winning plants are advertised with promotional materials made available to participating wholesale and retail nurseries and garden centers.