August 1, 2018

Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s Education Director, Mollie Parsons, is one of the 2018 recipients of the The Garden Club of America’s Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award. This award annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children. Established in 1992, the Hull Award provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull’s common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children under 16 to appreciate the beauty and fragility of our planet.

A woman ahead of her time, Miss Hull (1900 – 1996) was an active member of the Ridgefield Garden Club and credited her mother and grandmother with instilling her own passion for the environment.

Mollie Parsons initiated Garden Sprouts and the Children’s Discovery Nature Zone, both of which engage pre-school children in hands-on exploration of the environment. For elementary and middle school children,  field trips to both SFBG and its second property, the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, have varied in focus from soil studies to assessing the health of the garden’s orchard. Parson’s innovative work has served more than 1,500 students in the Santa Fe school system.

Proposed by: Member of Santa Fe Garden Club, Zone XII

More info here.