Awards Meeting

94th Annual Awards Meeting and Luncheon

The event was a big success.

At The Federation’s 94th Annual Awards Meeting on October 25, 2023,  The Bronze Medal will be presented to noted Landscape Architect Channing Harris, AIA, ASLA.  A total of 154 Award Certificates will be presented to Federation clubs including a National Garden Club Award of Merit, 9 Tribute Awards, The Awards of Honor, The Lillian M. Rathbun Award, The Lucille Schavoir Award, 16 Public Relations awards, 1 Scholarship and the Yearbook Award of Excellence. A complete list of awards received from the National Garden Club, New England Garden Clubs and The Federation, with detailed descriptions of each, may be found in the 2023 Awards Booklet.

The Bronze Medal

Channing Harris, 2023 Bronze Medal Recipient

Top FGCCT Award – The Bronze Medal

Channing Harris is the 2023 Bronze Medal recipient of The Federated Garden Clubs
of Connecticut for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation. For over 40 years Channing Harris, member of Professional Landscape Architects (PLA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), designed with nature to implement memorable places for people. He worked with architects and institutions to improve urban and pastoral campuses,
health care facilities and community centers.

Established in 1935, this award is the highest award given by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut to an individual, couple, group or club for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation.

2023 Bronze Medal Recipient: Channing Harris

Channing Harris is the 2023 Bronze Medal recipient of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation. For over 40 years Channing Harris, member of Professional Landscape Architects (PLA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), designed with nature to implement memorable places for people. He worked with architects and institutions to improve urban and pastoral campuses, health care facilities and community centers.

Channing, a graduate of Hampshire College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is a past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was an active member of the Society of College and University Planning. He recently retired.

He is a guest critic and lecturer at The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Landscape Design School, the University of Connecticut’s Master Garden Program and Yale University’s Schools of Architecture, Medicine, Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

One of his most recent transformations was the conversion of Wall and High Streets into the pedestrian exclusive walkways near Yale University in New Haven. He completed significant academic projects including master plans for Smith College, Wesleyan University, Allegheny College, University of Kentucky Medical College, and Yale University’s Hillhouse Avenue renovation. Other notable projects include:
The Biological Sciences Center at the University of New Hampshire; the Tang Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, and the New Economics Center at Yale University.

A Healing Garden is defined as the broad collective term that encompasses various types of gardens that aim to promote health and well-being to the human life and the adjacent environment. Channing completed the site designs for the following healing gardens: Yale New Haven Hospital Smilow Cancer Center, Greenwich Hospital, Norma Pfreim Healing Garden at Park Avenue Medical Center, all in Connecticut, also Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and Northern Westchester Hospital in New York.

Channing has a particular interest in historic landscapes and restored the work of Frederick Law Olmstead on the campuses of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and St Joseph College in West Hartford. He also managed the restoration of the War Memorial at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

At Yale, he researched and restored several landscapes originally created by New Haven landscape designers, Beatrix Farrand and Marion Coffin, who both did significant work on the Yale Campus. This includes the restoration of the Farrand designed gardens at Yale University President’s House.

Channing serves on the community boards for The Board of Directors for the New Haven (CT) Preservation Trust, Friends of East Rock Park, and The Grove Street Cemetery.

Channing shares his wealth of knowledge with Federation members. He supported two members who worked to establish Grove Street Cemetery (established in 1797) as a nationally recognized Level 1 Arboretum. Forty significant trees on the grounds of the cemetery were mapped to show the wide diversity of plant material at the cemetery that distinguishes Grove Street Cemetery. A self-guided tour was also created.

Channing leads Landscape Design Council members and the public on tours of Grove Street Cemetery and Arboretum. In addition to his landscape design notes, he provides historical and cultural context of the burials in which he explores some of the notable painters, sculptors, architects, scholars, inventors, historians, pioneers as well as crew members of the Amistad, who are buried there.

He also leads Landscape Design Council members on tours of historic Hillhouse Avenue with its well-preserved array of high style 19th and 20th century suburban villa architecture.

Channing Harris is a valued and respected friend of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, and we are pleased to honor him with the Bronze Medal

For a complete list of award recipients click here

For the PowerPoint slides of the meeting click here