This award has been established by Garden Aurora in honor of Margaret Howard Gunn. 

Margaret was a woman who valued education and a flower show enthusiast. 

She was knowledgeable and had a passion about horticulture, and was awarded

Garden Aurora’s life-time membership along with many other awards.

Award description:
The successful applicant will be awarded $500 which will be paid directly to the educational

institution as part of the student’s tuition.  The successful candidate will be invited to attend

a Garden Aurora meeting for presentation and photo opportunity.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Candidates who are past or present residents of Aurora will receive extra consideration.
  3. Consideration will be given to a candidate pursuing horticultural studies at an accredited Ontario college or university, or any other valid institute of higher learning at the discretion of the selection committee.
  4. Some appropriate areas of study may include but are not limited to:
  5.           Agronomy, Botany, Conservation Ecology, Floral Design, Forestry, Horticultural Science, Landscape Architecture
  6. Applicants who will be attending a first year program will be given extra consideration.
  7. The successful candidate may re-apply for the next offering of this award, but preference will go to first-time applicants.
  8. Mature students are welcome to apply.

Application requirements:

  1. Applicants are to provide proof of acceptance into a full-time program as described above.
  2. Applicants are to fill out and submit the application provided below (and any other documents they might feel to be beneficial) by e-mail to: 
  3. Applicants are invited to apply between May 1st and July 31th.  Applications will    not be accepted before or after these dates.
  4. Successful applicants will be contacted during the month of August.

Garden Aurora and the award committee reserve the right to select applicants as they see fit and to change criteria without notice.


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Permission to use photo provided by family

Est. 1918

​Rooted in our town for 105 years

The Margaret Howard Gunn Memorial Award