MassHort honors Ask the Gardener writer Stocker

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From left: Kathy Macdonald, president of the Massachusetts Horicultural Society with gold medalist Carol Stocker of The Boston Globe. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society honored Ask the Gardener writer Carol Stocker 118th annual awards dinner at Elm Bank on Thursday.

Stocker was one of two Garden Club of America members the society honored with Gold Medals for lifetime achievement in horticulture. (The second is Betsy Ridge Madsen of the Beacon Hill Garden Club and former chair of the society.) Other medal recipients this year include Dale Deppe of Spring Meadow Nursery, holly specialist William Cannon of Brewster, Karen Perkins of  Garden Vision Epimediums, and educator Trish Wesley Umbrell of Natick Community Organic Farm.

The keynote speaker was Margaret Roach, author and host of the “A Way to Garden” podcast.

Stocker is a third-generation newspaper reporter who joined The Boston Globe in 1979 after working at the Providence Journal and the Detroit Free Press. While writing about the nuclear arms race, AIDS, and other subjects, she fell in love with the life-affirming art of gardening. She has covered New England’s horticultural traditions, personalities, and environmental issues for nearly four decades, mostly as a staff columnist for the Globe’s feature and Home sections and for Design New England magazine. She has a gardening advice column in the Sunday Globe’s real estate section, Address, and and also writes for Boston Globe Magazine. She is a three-time winner of the Garden Writers Association’s Quill & Trowel Award for the best garden writing in an American newspaper. She is also the author of “The Boston Globe Illustrated New England Gardening Almanac” and has appeared regularly on television with Emily Rooney on WGBH and on NECN.

She lives and gardens in Milton.