Thomas Cole Awarded Bouquet of the Year

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Thomas Cole Awarded Bouquet of the Year
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Thomas Cole and past awardee and presenter Randy Baldwin (R). Photo Credit: Ernie Pfadenhauer

Source: Santa Barbara County Horticultural Society

Thomas Cole was recognized at the January monthly gathering with the highest honor that the Society gives, The Bouquet of the Year. It is bestowed upon a person or organization that has excelled in the advancement and promotion of horticulture in the Santa Barbara area.

Thomas joins a prestigious list of previous award winners including Pearl Chase and Madame Ganna Walska. Thomas Cole was presented this award as a distinguished member of our community for his contributions to the advancement of horticulture in the Santa Barbara area. He shared his horticultural knowledge and enthusiasm at Santa Barbara Cactus and Succulent Society meetings and with the entire plant community through talks for the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, articles in their journals, and his outstanding field guide "The Aloes of Uganda.'

His work has promoted both beauty and garden sustainability practices by encouraging the use of plants that require little irrigation and maintenance. He introduced many of these plants through his incredible nursery, Cold Springs Aloes. He also inspires us with his continuing humanitarian work in food security (sustainable agriculture, urban agriculture) and post-conflict recovery projects with aid organizations across Africa. The Society wants to recognize his commendable achievements and takes immense pleasure in presenting this award.

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. The Society was established on April 12, 1880 and in 2018 celebrates their 138th anniversary. Meetings are held monthly and announced in this publication, with speakers addressing topics of horticultural interest. Visit Visitors are always welcome. Contact: Ernie Pfadenhauer, Publicity, SBCHS.

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