Ira Wallace, co-owner of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, has been named the 2019 recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award.
The award is given to an individual or company whose commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the field of commercial horticulture contributes to the betterment of gardening practices everywhere.
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 gardening. Each of the recipients has contributed significantly to fields such as scientific research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening and conservation.
A passionate proponent of heirloom and open pollinated seeds, Wallace cooperatively manages SESE with other members of the Acorn Community Farm in Mineral. She has been instrumental in growing SESE into a successful supplier of more than 700 varieties of seeds that are carefully selected for superior flavor and performance in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
(This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s March 21, 2019 issue.)
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