Pioneer Achievement Award: Britt Smith
You have done much to establish and maintain invaluable relations with rhododendron enthusiasts and officials in Sikkim and were instrumental in decisions made to preserve rhododendron rich areas in Sikkim as sanctuaries and national parks. You have presented countless lectures and articles on your thirty five years of work with R. occidentale which have entertained and educated us all. You and Frank Mossman have studied R. occidentale in its native habitat and are largely responsible for the popularity and preservation of this magnificent species. You donated to the South King County Arboretum Foundation an aggregation of what is now the largest collection of documented wild collected forms of R. occidentale. For your efforts which represent a lifetime of exceptional work and contributions to the plant world, the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to present the Pioneer Achievement Award to Britt Smith. April 28, 2001.