Volunteer environmental educator Marian McNabb, Linn Grove, was recently presented with the Iowa State Horticultural Society Award. She has tirelessly provided hundreds of Volunteer hours helping communities with Horticulture Education and service for many years. She give school and library programs on Rocks, Fossils, Butterflies, and Birds in Iowa, South Dakota, and Texas. She maintains the large gardens in Linn Grove for public enjoyment, tags Monarch Butterflies for their migration to Mexico for the University of Kansas, volunteers at the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing at Reiman Gardens in Ames, as well as at the Blue Star Marker on Highways 3 and 71 with plantings and upkeep. She also helps at the Buena Vista County Fair in the Floriculture Department. Presently, she serves as Central Region Bird Chairwoman for National Garden Clubs, Inc., and is President of the Little Sioux Federated Garden Club.
Most recently, Marian spent a day volunteering at the ISHS State Fair Display showing the public her passion for butterflies. She serves on the Executive Board of ISHS and most willingly volunteered to do the 2003 ISHS Award Book for the Annual Meeting. (She also did the one for 2002). She is also a Master Flower Show Judge, Landscape Design Consultant, Master Gardener, and Master Conservationist.
Marian received the Award of Merit from the ISHS in 1999.
Marian and her husband, George, reside in Linn Grove. They have five children, Deanna, Barbara, Gene, Candy, and Mandy, seven granddaughters, and a special dog, Daisy.
Marian is the 125th person since 1946 to receive this award.