Great Gardening Weekend 2013 - Isabelle Dupras, winner of the Henry Teuscher award

MONTREAL, May 24, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Botanical Garden—a Montréal Space for Life—is proud to be giving Ms. Isabelle Dupras the Henry Teuscher award at the Great Gardening Weekend 2013. The winner is being recognized for her meaningful contribution to the advancement of Québec ornamental horticulture.

A dedicated visionary
With a background as a landscape architect, Isabelle Dupras has spent more than 20 years promoting and preserving the native flora of Québec. A visionary of this growing trend, she uses her inexhaustible energy to carry out innovative projects that are proof of her consistent dedication to the biodiversity that is essential to our urban and rural ecosystems.

Rigour and passion
Rejecting preconceived notions in horticulture, Isabelle Dupras focuses on solutions adapted to today's environmental issues. She puts all of her passion into raising awareness of the importance of offering native plants in nurseries in order to counter wild and uncontrolled crops.

A journey filled with achievements
Isabelle Dupras is co-founder and President and CEO of Horticulture Indigo, a nursery and centre for excellence, research, innovation and knowledge sharing. A founding member and administrator of FloraQuebeca—an organization dedicated to protecting flora and its habitats—she has helped develop a provincial standard requiring that native and naturalized plants sold on the market be produced in nurseries. A trainer, author and designer, she takes credit for over one hundred publications, access to more than 250 native species including a collection in biodegradable pots, and seeds used for ecological restoration and landscaping.

The Henry Teuscher awards, a tradition since 1999
The winners from 1999 to 2012 were: Francis H. Cabot (2012, posthumously); Hélène Leclerc (2011); Jacques André Rioux (2010); Elsie Reford and Alexander Reford (2009); Jean-Claude Vigor (2008); Émile Jacqmain (2007); Fred Oehmichen (2006); Daniel A. Séguin (2005); Gaëtan Hamel (2004); Milan B. Havlin (2003); Henri and Camille Perron (2002); Wilfrid Meloche (2001); Roger Van den Hende (2000) and Tony Huber (1999).

The Montréal Space for Life is the world's first ever site dedicated to both human beings and nature. It includes the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Together, they are committed to preserving and enhancing biodiversity, and call on citizens locally and around the world to join this bold and creative urban movement.

SOURCE: Espace pour la vie

For further information:

Karine Jalbert, Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 514-872-1453
Email: karinejalbert@ville.montreal.qc.ca

François Ouellet, Communication Assistant
Telephone: 514-872-3232
Email: fouellet_2@ville.montreal.qc.ca