Bob Holmes is the 2014 Volunteer of the Year at the Garden.
Holmes is always willing to assist, whether it's pulling weeds, outplanting seedlings, plotting plant locations or leading tours. He has donated more than 200 hours a year for the past three years. He was also the March 2013 Volunteer of the Month and is a Root of the Garden for top volunteer hours.
"We are pleased to have such a renaissance man, knowledgable in so many areas and helping in nearly every aspect of the voulunteer program, as our 2014 Volunteer of the Year," Garden President & CEO Mary Pat Matheson said in presenting the award at last fall's annual Volunteer Luncheon.
Volunteer of the Year 2013
Judie Taylor is the 2013 Volunteer of the Year at the Garden.
Since 1989, Taylor has volunteered in nearly every role, from docent tour guide to garden maintenance helper to Fuqua Orchid Center assistant. She has been a member of the Centennial Club, volunteering more than 100 hours annually, every year since 1997 and was named a Volunteer of the Month three times.
“For more than 20 years, Judie has shared her time and talent and incredible dedication to the Garden and its staff, and it is a great honor to present her with this award,” said Volunteer Manager, Josh Todd.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Garden presented volunteer Kathryn LaTour the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, only the seventh time awarded in Garden history.
Named Volunteer of the Year in 2008, LaTour has donated nearly 7,000 hours to the Garden since 1987. She has been a member of the Centennial Club since 1993; been named a Root of the Garden, an award for top volunteer hours, six times; and was Volunteer of the Month twice.
According to Todd, her docent tours are considered a treat by visitors because she not only educates but also entertains.