The prestigious Carlo Naef Trophy for 2015 has been awarded to Lady Sally Bruce-Gardyne.
Springfields Horticultural Society, which awards the trophy annually, announced that the president of Lincolnshire Daffodil Society is to receive the trophy at this year’s Lincolnshire Daffodil Society Spring Flower & Gardening Show.
Sally inherited her love of gardening from her mother. She was brought up in Harrington, the garden of Tennyson’s ‘Maud’.
Springfields Horticultural Society chief executive David Norton said Lady Bruce-Gardyne is a lifetime admirer of daffodils and supporter of both Lincolnshire daffodil growers and the county’s amateur daffodil competition enthusiasts.
He said: “Sally inherited her love of gardening from her mother. She was brought up in Harrington, the garden of Tennyson’s ‘Maud’. She loved the garden passionately, except when it was open to the public when she and her four brothers had to help to weed it.”
Following boarding school, Oxford and marriage took Sally to France, Scotland and London.
Then in 1986, she and her husband Jock returned to Lincolnshire and Sally became involved in many gardening activities.
She became president of the Lincolnshire Daffodil Society in 1989.
The society, founded in 1902, held its annual show in Spilsby until 2012 when it was invited by Springfields Horticultural Society to move to the society’s events centre in Spalding.
Later, Sally became chairman of the Lincolnshire Gardens Trust, assistant to the National Gardens Scheme for Lincolnshire and a member of the Hardy Plant Society and South Lincolnshire Garden Society.
The trophy, awarded in recognition of the work carried out by the recipient for the UK flower bulb industry, will be presented to Lady Bruce-Gardyne at the 106th Lincolnshire Daffodil Society Spring Flower & Gardening Show on April 18 and 19 at Springfields Events Centre (open 10am to 4pm, entry £1).