The prize is awarded to "persons of any nationality who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture". The prize was first planned in 1870, in memorial of James Veitch of Chelsea. At first, the prize was issued by the Veitch Memorial Trust, but from 1885, the Medals were awarded at the Orchid Conference. Since 1922, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has been in charge of the Medal.
William Rickatson Dykes was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal in 1924.
-- BobPries - 2014-05-14