Bruce Reed, Horticulturalist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, was recognized at the January gathering of the Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society with its highest honor, The Bouquet of the Year. It is bestowed to a person or organization that has excelled in the advancement and promotion of horticulture in the Santa Barbara area. Reed joins a prestigious list of previous award winners including Pearl Chase and Madame Ganna Walska.
Bruce Reed was presented this award as a distinguished member of our community for his contributions to the advancement of horticulture in the Santa Barbara area. As Horticulturalist and Nursery Manager at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, he has promoted sustainability practices by encouraging the use of California native plants in garden plantings.
“I’m pleased and surprised!” said Reed. “The bouquet that Carol Terry created is all California native plants and that is very touching and shows their thoughtfulness. The white sage is beautiful and going in my garden shortly. But she also included Live-forevers, slender buckwheat, Desert sunflower and many other things! Just beautiful!”
Reed has shared his horticultural knowledge at Society meetings and is a frequent speaker at workshops and symposiums on native plants and water conservation. He writes a regular column on gardening and native plants for the Santa Barbara News Press and for the Botanic Garden’s Ironwood Newsletter. Reed gives frequent workshops at the Botanic Garden on all aspects of gardening with native plants including: garden design, water conservation and pruning.
His commendable achievements in horticulture have earned the respect and admiration of the Horticultural Society.
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Photo credits: 1. Past awardee and presenter Randy Baldwin (R), Bruce Reed. by Ernie Pfadenhauer. 2. Bruce Reed by R. Mordini. For further information please contact Rebecca Mordini, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132. For more information about the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, please visit www.sbbg.org, or for the Horticultural Society, Ernie Pfadenhauer, Publicity, SBCHS firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: The Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific nonprofit that fosters the conservation of California’s native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model for sustainable practices. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanical gardens focused exclusively on native plants.
The Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society is one of the longest running horticultural societies in America, and is the oldest non-profit organization in California. Having been established on April 12, 1880, in 2016 they celebrate their 136th anniversary. Meetings are held monthly and announced in this publication, with speakers addressing topics of horticultural interest. Visitors are always welcome.