One of the highlights of the morning program at the Cahaba Lily Festival is the presentation of the Kae Canon Allen Memorial Award. The award is given each year by The Nature Conservancy and the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers to individuals who have contributed to the environmental development of Bibb County.
The award began in 2004. Winners of the award include Kae Canon Allen, Myrtle Cole Jones, Sandra McCool Everse, Mary Louise Ivy Burks, George W. Wood Jr., Jim Allison, Dr. Randy Haddock, Dr. Larry Davenport, Chris Oberholster, Earl and Phyllis Bailey, Charles L. Allen, Joe and Nita Owings, Walter and Mary Beth Sansing, and Judy Rogers.
The 2017 recipient of the Kae Canon Allen Memorial Award is Judy Rogers. Judy has been a long-time member of the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers and a dedicated champion of environmental conservation. She is a member of the board of BCCW and served a term as...read more
Dr. Randall C. Haddock, the 2010 recipient of the Kae Canon Allen award, began his professional career studying biology at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Missouri. His Master’s Degree work focused on plant ecology in a native tallgrass prairie near the...read more
Larry Davenport holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Alabama. He is a professor of Biological & Environmental Sciences at Samford University, Birmingham, AL. He is considered to be an expert on Alabama’s plant life; aquatic plants; wetlands; and rare,...read more
Chris Oberholster was born and raised in South Africa, and has lived in Alabama for more than 20 years after coming to the state to obtain his Masters degree in Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University. He is the State Director of the Alabama Chapter of The Nature...read more
The 2013 recipients were Earl and Phyllis Bailey. Earl and Phyllis founded the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers (BCCW) in 1999, and spearheaded BCCW’s first big project to protect the wildflowers on the Bibb County roadsides. Earl served as president of BCCW for...read more
The 2014 recipient is Charles Leonard Allen. Charles spends countless hours involved in many community organizations, all of which promote the natural resources of Bibb County. He is a member of the West Blocton Improvement Committee and leads the planning of the...read more
Joe and Nita Owings, both Bibb County natives, are charter and lifetime members of Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers, where Nita serves as co-president. They are also charter and lifetime members of the Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, where...read more
Walter and Mary Beth Sansing returned to West Blocton, Alabama, eighteen years ago and immediately became involved in local organizations they felt could benefit the area economically, educationally and environmentally. Following their graduation from West Blocton...read more