Volunteer Award Recipients

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Garden. They are honored yearly for their service.

Volunteer of the Year

Judie Taylor has been selected as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year at the Garden.

Since 1989, Taylor has volunteered in nearly every role, from docent tour guide to garden maintenance helper to Fuqua Orchid Center assistant. She has been a member of the Centennial Club, volunteering more than 100 hours annually, every year since 1997 and was named a Volunteer of the Month three times.

“For more than 20 years, Judie has shared her time and talent and incredible dedication to the Garden and its staff, and it is a great honor to present her with this award,” said Volunteer Manager, Josh Todd.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Garden presented volunteer Kathryn LaTour the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, only the seventh time awarded in Garden history. 

Named Volunteer of the Year in 2008, LaTour has donated nearly 7,000 hours to the Garden since 1987. She has been a member of the Centennial Club since 1993;  been named a Root of the Garden, an award for top volunteer hours, six times; and was Volunteer of the Month twice.

According to Todd, her docent tours are considered a treat by visitors because she not only educates but also entertains.

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