CHRONOLOGY OF VRS TROPHY WINNERS
Peggy Pemberton Carter was the orphaned child of an English couple living in Shanghai, and she was interned there during the final years of WW II. After the war she made her way to Victoria and managed to contact the deposed Georgian prince Nicholas Abkhazi, whom she had met while studying music in Paris prior to the war. Together they created a home and a beautiful garden which after her death became the publically accessible Abkhazi Gardens.
In 1986 Peggy donated a beautiful Chinese silver tray to the Victoria Rhododendron Society. It had been a wedding gift to her parents and the only remaining possession of theirs she had.
The tray became the Abkhazi Trophy, and it is awarded by the Victoria Rhododendron Society to an individual or couple who had contributed significantly to the club during the prior year.
Abkhazi Tray Contribution to the VRS
|2016||Tony & Carolyn Marquardt|
|2013||Bill & Betty Gordon|
|2011||Lois & Roy Blackmore|
|2010||Ann & Tom Widdowson|
|2009||Johanna & Moe Massa|
|2008||Don & Joyce Whittle|
|2004||Pat & James Fuller|
|2000||Joe & Linda Harvey|
The Bronze Medal of the American Rhododendorn Society is the highest award presented by an individual chapter of the ARS. The names listed below document the Victoria Rhododendron Society’s acknowledgement of the effort and dedication of these members on behalf of the chapter.
ARS Bronze Medal
|2010||Johanna & Moe Massa|
|1990||Evelyn (Jacks) Weesjes|
The Silver Medal of the American Rhododendron Society is awarded to Society members for significant contribution over a period of time to either the Society, to the genus Rhododendron, or to both.
ARS Silver Medal