Victoria Medal Of Honour
Wikipedia (2014) provides the following;
The Victoria Medal of Honour
("VMH") is awarded to British horticulturists resident in the United Kingdom. Royal Horticultural Society Council considers deserving of special honour by the Society
The award was established in 1897 "in perpetual remembrance of Her Majesty’s glorious reign, and to enable the Council to confer honour on British horticulturists." The Society's rules state that only sixty-three horticulturists can hold the VMH at any given time, in commemoration of the sixty-three years of Queen Victoria's reign". Therefore the honour is not awarded every year, but may be made to multiple recipients in other years.
Some of the following Irisarians have recieved this award have links to their biographies:
The first 60 medals were awarded on 26 October 1897: John Gilbert Baker; Isaac Bayley Balfour; Peter Barr; Archibald F Barron; Edward John Beale; William Boxall; William Bull; George Bunyard; Frederick William Burbidge; William Crump; Richard Dean; George A Dickson; Henry Honeywood D'ombrain; Charles Thomas Druery; Malcolm Dunn; Henry Nicholson Ellacombe; Henry John Elwes; Michael Foster; John Fraser; George Gordon; John George Henslow; Hermann Carl Gottlieb Herbst; Samuel Reynolds Hole; Joseph Dalton_Hooker; Francis Daltry Horner; James Hudson; Gertrude Jekyll; Peter Kay; John Laing; James_McIndoe; Charles Maries; Henry Ernest Milner; Edwin Molyneux; George Monro; Fredrick William Moore; Daniel Morris; George Nicholson; James O'Brien; Paul; George William Paul; T Francis Rivers; Lionel Walter Rothschild; Frederick Sander; Henry Schroder; John Seden; Nathaniel Newman Sherwood; James Smith; Martin Ridley Smith; Walter Speed; Arthur Warwick Sutton; Owen Thomas; William Thompson; David Thomson; Harry Turner; Ellen Willmott; George Fergusson Wilson; Charles Wolley-Dod; John Wright; George Wythes.