The InterContinental London Park Lane hotel has just played host to the prestigious Garden Media Guild Awards. The main aim of these awards is to recognise the best of the best in the world of media professionals and ‘communicators’ from the horticultural and gardening world.
The author of ‘Wildlife Gardener’, Kate Bradbury, managed to walk away with the major eco prize, the Environmental Award. She won it on the basis of her book being not only highly enjoyable but also highly instructive, packed with all kinds of tips to help people draw wildlife even into the tiniest of gardens.
The Garden Media Guild works to raise the quality of writing, photography and broadcasting in the gardening and horticultural world and works with professionals across all communication disciplines.
The judges concluded that the book, with its evidence-based information, is a rich source of knowledge of wildlife and the environmental management of gardens.
Kate Bradbury is passionate about organic, wildlife-friendly gardening and gardens on a small patch of land in Hackney. She is the author of The Wildlife Gardener, edits Wild London magazine and writes for a number of publications including Guardian Weekend, Gardeners’ World Magazine and Butterfly Magazine, and has a weekly blog on gardenersworld.com. She can occasionally be heard talking about garden wildlife on Gardeners’ Question Time.
Alan Titchmarsh, English gardener, broadcaster and novelist, says, “Spreading the word about the value of horticulture is vital, but so too is the way in which it is done. Infectious enthusiasm and a passion for what we do is so important, as is generosity of spirit towards young people keen to join the crusade. We must fire up the next generation of gardening writers and broadcasters, passing on our enthusiasm, knowledge and experience without boring them rigid or being afraid that they will one day take over.”
Garden Media Guild Awards 2013 winners in full
Dr David Hessayon Garden Writer of the Year : Alys Fowler. The Dr David Hessayon Garden Writer of the Year award went to the journalist submitting the best three features in a national, regional or specialist newspaper or consumer or trade magazine. The award covered articles published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.
Reference Book of the Year : Christopher Brickell. The Reference Book of the Year award acknowledged the best factualgarden or gardening book not intended to be read all the way through, chapter by chapter. Plant monographs, encyclopaedias, directories and garden guides in a one-off or annual publication were also included. Entrants were hardback or paperback books, published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013, alone or within a series. Revised, updated or republished books were also considered, providing they were not previous Garden Media or Garden Writers’ Guild Awards winners.
2012 winner: Charles Nelson with Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere, published by Kew Publishing.
Practical Book of the Year : Kay Maguire. The Practical Book of the Year award recognised the book that best covered the practicalities of a particular aspect of gardening with proven tips, tools and, possibly, illustrated techniques. Entrants were hardback or paperback books, published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013, alone or within a series. Revised, updated or republished books were also considered, providing they had not previously won Garden Media or Garden Writers’ Guild Awards.
2012 winner : Kenneth Cox and Caroline Beaton with Fruit and Vegetables for Scotland, published by Birlinn Publishing
Inspirational Book of the Year : Tim Richardson. The Inspirational Book of the Year award, sponsored by Westland Horticulture, recognised the best travel tale, biography, inspirational plant journey, diary or story that inspired the gardener to do something new. Entrants were hardback or paperback books, published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013, alone or within a series. Revised, updated or republished books were also considered, providing they had not previously won Garden Media or Garden Writers’ Guild Awards.
2012 winner: Kim Wilkie’s Led by the Land, published by Frances Lincoln
Garden Publication of the Year: Gardeners’ World Magazine. The Garden Publication of the Year award, sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro, recognised the national, regional or specialist consumer magazine or newspaper with the best gardening content. Judges evaluated three consecutive issues published during the period between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.
2012 winner: The Garden
News Story of the Year: Ian Hodgson. The News Story of the Year award, sponsored by Brother UK, recognised the writer of the best gardening news story published in any national, regional or specialist newspaper, any consumer or trade magazine or on any website. Stories judged were published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013, with entrants supplementing their submissions with evidence of how their story developed.
2012 winner: Marc Rosenberg, News Editor , Amateur Gardening with Red Alert over Monty’s Beetle Tip.
Journalist of the Year : Matthew Wilson. The Journalist of the Year award, sponsored by STIHL, recognised the writer of the best three gardening articles published in print or online between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. Entrants supplemented their submissions with evidence of how their story developed.
2012 winner: Stephanie Mahon, Production Editor, The English Garden & The Edible Garden, with A Tour de Forcing, Second Nature and Something for Everyone.
Practical Journalist of the Year: Guy Barter. The Practical Journalist of the Year award, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan, recognised the writer of the best three practical gardening columns, articles or articles from a series published in a magazine, newspaper or website.
2012 winner : Lia Leendertz, The Guardian, with Come in From the Rain, Waste Not Want Not and Reap What You Sow.
Trade Journalist of the Year : Sarah Cosgrove. The Trade Journalist of the Year award, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton, recognised the writer of the best three trade columns, or articles from a feature or series, published in a professional horticulture or trade journal or website. Entries published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. 2012 winner:James Armitage, Garden Design Journal, with Land of the Giants, Return of the Natives, Get to Grips with Grasses.
Photographer of the Year : Jason Ingram. The Photographer of the Year award, sponsored by Hartley Botanic, recognised the best photographic work to enter the public domain between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. This includes print and online media, public exhibition space and publication via stock agency. Entrants submitted eight published garden and/or plant images to the judges.
2012 winner: Jürgen Becker, freelance photographer.
Features Photographer of the Year: Marianne Majerus. The Features Photographer of the Year award recognised the best photographic work published in print or online between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. En trants submitted a themed portfolio of five or more images from one editorial feature, in print or online, from an assignment that accounts for at least 80% of all the photographic illustrations published in the context.
2012 winner: Jürgen Becker, freelance photographer, for Garten Praxis, 03/2012, Hortus.
Book Photographer of the Year: Mark Diacono. The Book Photographer of the Year award recognised the best photography to appear in gardening books published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. Photographers were required to submit hard copies of books for which they had contributed 80% or more of the total photographic content along with eight to ten photos from the publication.
2012 winner: was Jonathan Buckley, with Wild Flowers.
TV Broadcast of the Year: Monty Don’s FrenchGardens: The Gourmet Garden. The TV Broadcast of the Year award, sponsored by HTA (Horticultural Trades Association), recognised the best national or regional TV gardening broadcast of three minutes or more, including red button broadcasts. Entries were to be broadcast for the first time between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.
2012 winner: Gardeners’ World with The Olympic Park, 10 Downing Street and South Bank Roof Garden.
Radio Broadcast of the Year : The Gardeners’ Corner. The Radio Broadcast of the Year award recognised the best local or national radio gardening broadcast. Criteria included single or selected programmes from a series, features, documentaries, interviews and phone-ns. Entries were to have been first aired between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.
2012 winner: James and the Giant Redwoods presented by James Aldred and Ben Jones.
Environmental Award: Katy Bradbury. The Environmental Award went to the writer, photographer or broadcaster who identified and chronicled a project or impact to the guardianship of our environment. Projects entered were started, developed or completed between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013 with the coverage appearing in the same period. This cross-media category was judged on the environmental benefits of the subject matter and the degree of excellence with which it was communicated.
2012 winner: John Walker, www.hartley-botanic.co.uk, with Gardening’s Own Goal .
The Alan Titchmarsh New Talent award : Nick Turrell. New for 2013, The Alan Titchmarsh New Talent award is for those people who made their first steps in the garden media world between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. The award was based on entrants’ talent and potential in his or her field of communication, with judges assessing published and/or broadcast material and supporting submissions.
Blog of the Year : http://blogs.crocus.co.uk/plantsmans The Blog of the Year award was judged from viewing live blogs posted between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013 along with supporting entry details.
2012 winner: The Guardian Gardening Blog.
Website of the Year: www.crocus.co.uk The Website of the Year award recognised the best gardening website. This was judged from viewing the live website plus supporting entry details comprising a 200 word statement describing the target audience.
New Media award: James Alexander-Sinclair & Tiffany Daneff. The New Media award looked at the best software applications (apps) designed to be downloaded to a device operating system such as iPhone, iPad or the Android equivalent and flip book effect. Also eligible were e-magazines and online magazines launched or published between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. Applications were judged on the quality of content, innovation and user experience.
The Lifetime Achievement Award: Stefan Bucazcki. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises individuals who have made an exceptional long-term contribution to the gardening media sector and the wider industry. The winner is elected by votes cast by members of the Garden Media Guild.
2012 winner: Jekka McVicar, English organic gardening expert, author and broadcaster
The Garden Media Guild Awards 2013 are open to everyone who creates or publishes gardening material, not just Guild members. The awards provide an opportunity for new talent and established players to demonstrate their skill within the industry.
The 2013 Awards Lunch offered a unique chance to network among some of the best-known faces and most influential players in the gardening world.
2013 Sponsors of the Garden Media Guild Awards included:
- Briggs & Stratton
- Garden World Images
- Hartley Botanic
- HTA (Horticultural Trades Association)
- Scotts Miracle-Gro
- Thompson & Morgan
- Westland Horticulture
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