Rachel Snyder Memorial Landscape Award

Rose Vervain (Glandularia canadensis)

Credit: Emmett Sullivan, Cherokee County, KS

About Rachel Snyder

Gardening in the Heartland by Rachel Snyder

Created in 1991 as the Kansas Wildflower Society Wayside Award, the award was later renamed the Rachel Snyder Memorial Wayside Award to honor Rachel Snyder, who through her writing and service, promoted the wider use of native plants in our gardens and landscapes.

Rachel was a charter member of the Kansas Wildflower Society (KWS), the former name of KNPS. She served KWS as vice-president (1983; 1986-1989) and president (1990-91). As KWS president, she organized a three-day bus tour to the Cimarron National Grassland. This tour was the first such event sponsored by the society. 

Rachel authored two books on gardening: The Complete Book for Gardeners and Gardening in the Heartland. She served as editor of Flower & Garden Magazine from 1957 to 1988. She donated her “Snyder Prairie” near Topeka, to the Grassland Heritage Foundation.

About the Award


This annual award is given to an individual or organization for a project promoting the use of native plants in the landscape.


  • The award is given annually.
  • The deadline for nominations is July 1.
  • Recipients receive the award at the KNPS Annual Meeting, held each fall as part of the Annual Wildflower Weekend.


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