Gold Medal: Steve Hootman
You are one of the foremost international plant hunters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and one of the most intrepid. You have served as co-director of the Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden where you played a determining role in making this garden one of the premier gardens of its kind in the world.
You have facilitated the mandate of the Foundation beyond all expectations, especially in regard to conservation, distribution, and education. You are a lecturer and educator extraordinaire on the subject of rhododendrons and have made significant contributions to ongoing scientific research on rhododendrons. You have also served as co-editor of the RSF yearbook "Rhododendron Species" and are among the most knowledgeable people in the world on the genus Rhododendron.
For your exceptional service and outstanding contributions, the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to award the Gold Medal to Steve Hootman. April 14, 2007, San Francisco, California.