Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens honored its top volunteers Dec. 13 during its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
Linda Massey was presented the Ida C. Burns Volunteer of the Year award for her continual service in many areas of the organization and her significant impact on the Gardens, according to a release.
Karon Harmon was presented the A. Brand Walton Jr. Unsung Hero of the Year award for her independent and “behind the scenes” contributions.
Protective Life Corporation was recognized as Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Partner of the Year for helping multiply its effort and achieve its mission.
Kathy Conolly and Maura Horton were awarded the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Plantsperson of the Year for sharing their plant knowledge and skills with other volunteers. Mary Frances Colley was awarded Educator of the Year for her educational efforts promoting public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment.
A new award was introduced for 2017 – New Volunteer of the Year – which was given to Louise Billings.
The gardens relies on its volunteers to help with its day-to-day operations, from major events to education. This year’s potluck luncheon was held in Strange Auditorium.