Spring Meadow’s owner Dale Deppe honoured

Dale Deppe - photo: Spring Meadow Nursery

Dale Deppe – photo: Spring Meadow Nursery

Last month, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College has selected Dale Deppe, president and owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, as the 2016 Scott Medal and Award recipient. The annual award is designed to be given annually to an individual, organization or corporate body who, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, has made an outstanding national contribution to the science and the art of gardening.
Since starting Spring Meadow Nursery as a small liner production company in 1981 with his wife Liz, the nursery has become a world-renowned 200-acre propagation nursery. The nursery has grown tremendously over the years and features state of the art facilities, a breeding and evaluation program, and an outstanding display garden.
Many important introductions
A press release of Spring Meadow Nursery memorizes how under Dale’s guidance, the company has made many important introductions including Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ which has received a Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It has become the standard by which other H. paniculata selections are judged. Other hydrangeas from Spring Meadow Nursery include Hydrangea arborescens Incrediball, an improved ‘Annabelle’ with stronger stems and larger blooms, and Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea, the first arborescens with pink blooms.