Gardener of the Year

Char Mutschler, Chair

Gardener of the Year is a special program that is open to all members of OSFGC. It is an opportunity to highlight those members who are “the Gardeners of our organization”. 

Individuals, garden clubs or districts can nominate an individual and write a detailed outline of the individual’s gardening activities – whether it is work at home, in a community garden, in public areas or elsewhere.  It could be developing a garden (any kind) from soil preparation to harvest, to bloom to maturity.  The “how to” of maintaining a garden throughout all seasons can be educational, informative and of interest to many folks.  It simply is a profile telling the story of a true gardener. 

The late Dr. Gary Simone was announced as the 2015 Gardener of the Year for Oregon at the State Convention in North Bend.  A certificate and $25 check was given at the presentation.  Dr. Simone was a member of the Columbian Garden Club (President twice), Multnomah District.  His life-long professional career included Biological Sciences, Plant Pathology and Agricultural Sciences.  He was a recipient of multiple grants and awards and became a horticulture instructor at Mt. Hood Community College. He organized and taught Gardening Study School under the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. Dr. Simone was constantly aware of the fragile nature of our environment and was an avid recycler and conservationist. His intellect, creativity, analytical skill and enthusiasm were boundless as he sought to gain knowledge each day. During his life, he never stopped creating and growing