Peter Del Tredici to receive Veitch Memorial Medal

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
March 18, 2013

Peter Del Tredici to receive Veitch Memorial Medal

Peter Del Tredici

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is pleased to announce that Senior Research Scientist Peter Del Tredici will be awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal in London this spring. The Royal Horticultural Society presents this prestigious, international award to “persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.”

The award recognizes Dr. Del Tredici’s extensive work on numerous aspects of both botany and horticulture over the past forty years. His wide ranging interests include new plant introductions from China, the root systems of woody plants, the natural and cultural history of ginkgo, and urban ecology and vegetation, a subject he explores in his recent book, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell University Press, 2010). He has lectured widely in North America and Europe and has authored more than 130 scientific and popular articles. Dr. Del Tredici joins the select company of five other Arboretum staff members who received the Veitch Memorial Medal: Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent (1896), plant explorer and Keeper of the Arboretum Ernest Henry Wilson (1906), Propagator William H. Judd (1944), Horticulturist Donald Wyman (1968), and Curator and Horticultural Taxonomist Stephen A. Spongberg (1996).

Peter Del Tredici holds a BA degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a MA degree in biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a PhD in biology from Boston University (1991). He has worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University since 1979, as a plant propagator, editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections, and, most recently, Senior Research Scientist. Since 1984, Peter has served as curator of the Arboretum’s renowned Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection. Dr. Del Tredici is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has been teaching courses on plants, soil and ecology since 1992. He was the winner of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal and Award for 1999, presented annually by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and in January 2013, he was recognized by the Garden Club of America as an honorary member.

Dr. Del Tredici will receive the Veitch Memorial Medal at ceremonies on May 20 at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Veitch Memorial Medal was founded in 1870 to honor James Veitch (1815-1869), whose family-run plant nurseries in Victorian England introduced hundreds of exotic plants and horticultural varieties into cultivation.

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