Given on the recommendation of Committees to plants of outstanding excellence for garden decoration or use (whether for open garden or under glass). The award is only given following a period of assessment. Assessment can take place in one or more of the following ways: 1) Trials at one of the Society’s Gardens or at some other venue; 2) Visits to specialist collections; 3) Round-table discussions drawing on the collective expertise and experience of Committee members, with the opportunity to call on further specialists when necessary.
Awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1999. AGM 1999;
Fl. very large; corona cylindrical, with mouth expanded Resembles an ‘Olympic Gold’ of more deeply golden tone.