American Rose Society Announces National Honors

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Mark Windham Awarded the Joseph and Marion Klima Medal for Excellence in Rose Education

SHREVEPORT, LA – The American Rose Society announces two national honors bestowed at its recent National Convention in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Dr. Mark Windham of Knoxville, Tennessee has been awarded the Joseph and Marion Klima Medal for Excellence in Rose Education. This award is given in fulfillment of the wishes of the late Joseph and Marion Klima of Kentfield, California. This award was established in the field of horticultural education concerning “The Rose.”

Windham, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Tennessee, is known for his rose education presentations across the nation, speaking at field days, grower meetings, rosarian workshops, master gardener events, extension agent trainings and Consulting Rosarian schools. He spent the last 10-15 years giving education presentations to rose societies across the country. He has been instrumental in helping understand blackspot, cercospora leafspot, downy mildew, and more importantly in the last 10 years, the dreaded rose rosette disease. Windham is considered the country’s leading authority on rose rosette disease.

Windham, along with Dr. Alan Windham also from University of Tennessee and Dr. Alan Henn from Mississippi State University authored the 2018 e-book, A Guide to Rose Diseases and their Management ( Windham continues to take part in research on roses, as he has secured funding with Dr. David Byrne of Texas A&M University and others for USDA Specialty Crop Competitiveness Grants pertaining to rose rosette research. Windham is involved in the research on many of the project objectives but goes the extra mile to then educate rose lovers through educational programs.

Mark Mason Taylor of Sandy, Utah, was awarded the Rising Star Award.

Read more at the American Rose Society news page.

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Mark Windham, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology