Silver Medal: Dr. John Thornton
|Dr. John T. Thornton|
Since the early 1980s you have been a pioneer in hybridizing rhododendrons that tolerate the heat and humidity of the southern states while still being hardy enough for most areas where they are grown. This has resulted in a large selection of hybrids that have disease resistance, drought resistance, and resistance to "root rot," a common problem in the Deep South. You have published your results and promoted the use of these hybrids by sharing your experience in numerous speeches, sharing plants and information at several public gardens, and always being available to answer questions. The world of horticulture is much the richer for your efforts.
For your outstanding service and major contributions, the American Rhododendron Society is pleased to present the Silver Medal to Dr. John T. Thornton. April 19, 2008. Tulsa, Oklahoma.