The American Rhododendron Society grants its highest honor,
THE GOLD MEDAL, to Rudolph Henny in grateful acknowledgement
of his years of dedicated service to the Society he helped found.
His untiring effort as editor of the
American Rhododendron Society Bulletin from its inception has
been one of the main forces responsible for the growth of our
Society to the many parts of the United States. The fine quality
and high level of interest which Rudolph Henny produced and
maintained in the Bulletin has furthered enthusiasm for
rhododendrons far beyond the membership limits of the Society.
As a result of Rudolph Henny's intense
interest in rhododendrons and their hybridizing, he developed at
Brooks, Oregon, one of the finest rhododendron gardens in the
United States. He had gathered in this woodland park garden
specimen plants of both hybrids and the better species forms,
the finer selected species seedlings from the Asian expeditions,
and a wealth of his own outstanding hybrid rhododendrons. All
visitors to this garden were most welcome, amateur and expert
alike; and Rudolph Henny gave generously of his time and
knowledge to each.
The high standards and integrity which
Rudolph Henny set for himself in all his endeavors are nowhere
more evident than in his rhododendron hybridizing program.
Application of his profound knowledge of rhododendrons to
hybridizing and the destruction of hybrids which did not reach
the goals set, have produced a legacy of new hybrids whose
lasting contribution to the advancement of rhododendron
horticulture is unquestioned, and whose beauty stands as the
truest memorial to Rudolph Henny.
Rudolph Henny was himself a
contribution to the Society which was enriched by his quiet
authority, his gentle forcefulness, and his contributions of
knowledge and time so willingly made.
To Rudolph Henny, a founding member, an untiring editor, an
outstanding hybridizer, is presented, posthumously, the Gold Medal
of the American Rhododendron Society in recognition of his many
achievements, and of the deep respect and admiration in which he
is held by his associates in the Society.