Gold Medal Honors: Sonja Nelson
Clive Justice of the Vancouver Chapter, Sonja Nelson
and ARS President Mike Stewart.
You have made many valuable contributions to the American Rhododendron Society. You authored an excellent book, Rhododendrons in the Landscape, based on your extensive research. You also took on the task of organizing, rewriting, and editing the material and documents collected by the Portland Chapter Committee to produce the Pacific Coast Rhododendron Story. You earned the respect of your peers and the sincere thanks of the Society's members as this work was performed in excess of your duties as ARS Journal editor.
You coupled the above accomplishments with more than a decade of consistent service and meticulous editing of the ARS Quarterly Journal. You oversaw the transformation of the Journal to an electronic computer based publication that displays beautiful pictures to illustrate articles that continue to reflect the many and varied interests of Society members.
For these achievements, the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to award the Gold Medal to Sonja Nelson. April 30, 2005, Victoria, British Columbia.