Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala @ Home 2020 Honors Pat Shanley, Joyce & Edward Morrill, and Fred Gerber

Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala @ Home 2020 Honors Pat Shanley, Joyce & Edward Morrill, and Fred Gerber
June 10, 2020 Anne Tan-Detchkov

Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala @ Home 2020 Honors Pat Shanley, Joyce & Edward Morrill, and Fred Gerber

Above:  A Virtual Rose Garden created by Rose Gala @ Home 2020 attendees on Zoom by holding up roses.

Flushing, NY— June 2020 — On Thursday, June 4, 2020, Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) held its QBG Rose Gala @ Home 2020 event virtually on Zoom, honoring Pat Shanley with the Rose Gala Award, Joyce and Edward Morrill with the Community Leadership Award, and Fred Gerber with the Environmental Education Award. The event raised over $121,000 to support Garden’s flowers and trees, education and gardening programs for kids, cultural events, and art exhibits.

The event kicked off with a heart-warming piano performance by Nick Fanara of “Lean on Me” that was dedicated to Essential Workers and included a special thanks to Lavender Rose Sponsor NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. Next, QBG Executive Director Susan Lacerte shared a video highlighting the staff’s favorite moments of QBG @ Home, the Garden’s transition to making programming available virtually on the Garden’s website and social media channels due to its temporary closing as a result of COVID-19. Thereafter, along with comments by QBG Board Chair Neil Fleischman,  highlight videos of the Rose Gala Honorees were shared, followed by live acceptance speeches and a lovely video tour of the Rose Garden by QBG Gardener Colin Kirk. Guests were joined by Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee and New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, who shared remarks thanking the Garden for its role and offerings in the community. Guests stepped up to the occasion by creating a “Virtual Rose Garden” during the event by holding up a flower rose —a real one or an image of one that they had created or found at home.

Below, watch the event in its entirety, the performance of “Lean On Me,” highlight videos about our honorees, a tour the Rose Garden by Gardener Colin Kirk.

About the Rosa Gala Honorees

Pat Shanley is the Immediate Past President of the American Rose Society (ARS).  She is an ARS Horticultural Judge; ARS Arrangement Judge;  ARS Master Rosarian; Recipient of the ARS Bronze Honor Medal, the ARS New York District Silver Honor Medal, Outstanding Judge Award, and Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award.

Pat is a Past Vice Chairman, Queens Botanical Garden Board of Trustees, currently serving on their Advisory Board.

She is the Founding and current Chairman of American Garden Rose Selections™ (AGRS™) – the national testing program for new rose varieties. She is the Founding and Current President of the Manhattan Rose Society; Founding Chairman of the New York Metropolitan Rose Council; Founding Chairman of the Great Rosarians of the World™ East (GROW™) Award Lectureship;

Pat was the Guest Editor of the 2012 ARS Annual and Guest Co-editor of the 2018 ARS Annual.  She is also the co-editor and a contributing author of “The Sustainable Rose Garden – A Reader in Rose Culture” 2010, published by Newbury books, (an imprint of Casemate Publishers) which received the World Federation of Rose Societies Literary Award for 2012 and was accepted into the Library of Congress in July, 2017.

Pat has traveled extensively, both national and international, to promote the Rose, including leading two ARS Delegations to China in 2013 and 2015, to promote the relationship between the American Rose Society and the China Rose Society.  During her term as ARS President she oversaw the establishment of the first ARS Species Garden (for roses) at Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg, SC, and the signing of an International Sister Garden Relationship between Zijing Park in Changzhou, China and the American Rose Center, Shreveport, LA.

In 2017, under her leadership as ARS President, she initiated the Great Garden Restoration of the gardens at the American Rose Center.

She lives and gardens in Glen Cove, NY, where she grows approximately 250 roses.

Joyce and Edward Morrill

After leaving a career in social work in 1996, Joyce’s longtime love of photography and aversion to chemicals drew her to the digital darkroom. She studied photography and Photoshop at The International Center of Photography in New York and works in her home studio. Joyce is a member of Professional Women Photographers and was featured in Who’s Who in America.

Following a successful career in corporate design and branding, Ed was fortunate to retire at a relatively young age and be able to focus his creative energies on photography, computer design and digital imaging. Time to take extensive digital imaging courses at the International Center for Photography, time to devote to family and to travel widely with Joyce. He took the opportunity also to contribute his time, management and creative skills to a variety of worthy organizations that are important to the local community. He has been an active member of the

Jamaica Estates Civic Association since 1972, continuously serving as chair of the Parks & Landscape committee, many leadership positions and currently as Chair of the board of directors.

Travels in India inspired Joyce and Ed to collaborate on a travelling exhibition shown in four venues including The Durst Organization and the United Nations.

Their work has been exhibited is such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Polish Consulate, Chelsea Market, Chrystie St. Gallery, Queens Hospital Center, Atrium Gallery, Chelsea Gallery Space, Manhattan Borough President Gallery, Macy’s Herald Square, National Arts Club, Maine Coast Artist Gallery, Atlantic Gallery, and of course, Queens Botanical Garden.

Their India photography was published in the October 2008 Departures magazine “India Now” special issue.

They are longtime members of Queens Botanical Garden, founding members and guest curators of the art gallery committee, currently serving on the Advisory Council. Along with exhibiting their show “Infinite India,” they made a significant contribution to QBG in creating and producing the “Harvesting Our History” exhibit in 2015, which is now in the QBG permanent collection.

Together, they formed Morrill Support, which offers Photography, Digital Imaging, Fine Art Printing, Graphic Design for sale of fine art prints to galleries in Manhattan, the Hamptons, New Mexico and Maine as well as to private collectors.

Fred Gerber has been interested in plants and gardening since his childhood in New Jersey.  He obtained a B.A. in Secondary School Biology Education from Rutgers, and an M.A. in Botany from Connecticut College,    New London, Connecticut.  He has taken further courses at Audubon Camp, New York Botanical Garden, and Arden House.

Fred started working at Queens Botanical Garden in 1970 and helped form the Education Department.  He was very instrumental in developing many of the workshops that are part of the curriculum still taught today. Fred became Director of Education and remained in the position until retiring in 2001, when he became Education Director Emeritus.  He continues to work part-time as an instructor in the QBG Education Department, sharing his immense knowledge of nature – especially botanicals – with adults and children alike.  He has inspired tens of thousands of people over these 50 years.

Fred is a member of Hortus, an organization for people in horticulture, the Metro-Hort Group, and is a member of the Board of Voelker-Orth Historic House Museum, Victorian Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

He resides in Flushing and is also interested in art, animals and science fiction and fantasy.

About Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and real-world applications of environmental stewardship. QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President, the New York City Council, State elected officials, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.


Enjoy the footage of Rose Gala night, a tribute performance dedicated to Essential Workers, spotlight clips of our honorees, a video tour of the Rose Garden, by clicking on the videos below:

To view the Rose Gala Journal, click below:

Thank you to our Sponsors

Lavender Rose

Yellow Rose

Max and Selma Kupferberg Family Foundation,
The Kupferberg Foundation,
Saul & Gail Kupferberg
Andrea Woodner
Metro Management

Red Rose

Consolidated Edison of New York
Dime Community Bank
Pat Shanley

Pink Rose

Cord Meyer Development
Main Street Radiology

White Rose

Flushing Bank
Raymond Jasen
New York Community Bank Foundation
Resorts World Casino New York

Coral Rose

Broadway Stages
Neil Fleischman
Joyce & Edward Morrill
Martha Taylor
Veronica Tsang


Phillip Ballman
Clayton Beaty/Beaty Fertilizer
Maria & William Becce
Robin Biegeleisen
Suzanne Brienza
Michael & Cheryl Bronstein
Eva Carrillo
Dean & Ella Chen
Colorblends Wholesale Flower Bulbs
Ashley Cruce
Crystal Window & Door Systems
Perry Davis & Associates
David Dukoff
The Jack Eichenbaum Fund
Stephanie Ehrlich/Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Annette Fanara
Robin Gee
Joe & Ann Gibson
Richard Gossett
Howard B. Jacobson, CPA, PC
Jamaica Estates Association
Patrice Kleinberg
Susan Lacerte & Archie Hobson
Joyce Lee
Debra Lodge
Maspeth Federal Savings
Bruce & Linda McKay
Metro Management
Lucy Medvec
George Meyer
Edith Meyer
Frank Mirovsky
Shawn + Peggy Morrill
Wayne Myers
Jack Page
Tiffany & David Parnes
Urte Schaedle
Rovena & Robert Schirling
Jan Schneider & Mike Sperendi
Pam Smith
Anne Tan-Detchkov
Linda & Anthony Wachinski
WAC Lighting/Tai Wang
Eugene Waering
Connie + Sky Wingate
Rebecca Wolf
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