The award is one of the Great American Gardeners Awards that the AHS presents annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that represent the best in American horticulture. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Award is given to an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to at least three horticultural fields: teaching, research, communications, plant exploration, administration, art, business and leadership.
Dr. Barrick, Bellingrath’s Executive Director since 1999, manages the 65-acre historic estate and serves as a trustee for the Bellingrath Morse Foundation, the estate of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. Under his direction, the Gardens and Home have become a major tourist destination on the Gulf Coast, attracting 125,000 visitors each year.
His initiatives include the development of a master plan for renovations and infrastructure improvements, and the redesign of the annual Magic Christmas in Lights attraction, which will mark its 20th anniversary this year. In December 2014, USA Today included Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s Magic Christmas in Lights in its list of the “10 Best Public Light Displays in America.”
For more information, visit www.bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.