MONTRÉAL, May 23, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montréal Botanical Garden is proud to announce that Albert Mondor is the 2014 Henry Teuscher Award winner. He received the award at the Great Gardening Weekend, for his exceptional contribution to the advancement of horticultural knowledge in Quebec.
A passionate, highly involved horticulturist
Mr. Mondor has a diploma in ornamental horticulture and a degree in plant biology. He enjoys writing and sharing his ideas about horticulture and has been a garden designer for over thirty years. A talented, exacting professional, he sits on various committees, where he offers his expert advice. He is a jury member for the Botanical Garden's Great Gardening Weekend horticultural merit awards and for the "Exceptionnelles" awards handed out by the Jardin Daniel A. Séguin, in Saint-Hyacinthe. In addition, Mr. Mondor co-ordinates the Natural Reserve Selection program, aimed at introducing various plant species from across the globe and their ecosystems to local gardeners.
Mr. Mondor generously shares his passion and knowledge by teaching and speaking at different events across Canada. For the past decade and a half, this lover of all things green has written a weekly gardening column for the "Casa" section of the Journal de Montréal and the Journal de Québec. He regularly updates his extreme gardening blog at albertmondor.com. In addition, he has written numerous articles for Quatre-Temps magazine and eight gardening reference books, including Le jardinage pour les nuls and, more recently, Les vertus miraculeuses des agrumes. He is also the creator and co-host of Le tour du jardin, a TV garden show on the Historia channel.
A career in full bloom
Mr. Mondor has created many inspired and inspiring gardens, both public and private, and has received numerous awards for his inimitable landscape designs. His recent achievements include the Garden of Glass and Metal presented as part of the 2013 Mosaïcultures Internationales exhibition at the Botanical Garden; the pond garden in the Old Port of Montréal and the indoor courtyard in the UQAM biology building, two projects on which he collaborated with Claude Cormier architectes paysagistes; and the Solar House Garden, designed in co-operation with Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui et associés, at the Biosphère in Montréal's Jean Drapeau Park. He was also the mastermind behind the Tricentris biodiversity garden in Lachute, designed to raise awareness about biodiversity and its importance in our lives.
The Henry Teuscher Award, a tradition since 1999
Over the years since 1999, the award has gone to: Isabelle Dupras (2013); 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).
Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious Montréal municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex. Together, they are launching a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature and cultivate a new way of living.
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie
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