The Garden Media Guild Awards were held at The Savoy, London yesterday on Wednesday 26 November 2014. Hosted by the articulate James Alexander Sinclair, the awards lunch was a great success with some of the best-known faces and most influential players in the gardening world in attendance. The awards recognise the very best communicators and media professionals across the gardening and horticultural industries.
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.
James Alexander Sinclair, founder of intoGardens, garden designer, broadcaster, lecturer, blogger, writer and RHS Council member says, ?It?s marvellous to be involved with the Garden Media Guild Awards. I?ve been working with the Guild for ten years and there?s always great anticipation surrounding the awards. We love to laud and applaud the best in the industry. It?s also great to be the person dishing the awards out too!?
Garden Media Guild Awards 2014 winners in full
Practical Book of the Year: Louise Curley – The Cut Flower Patch. 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.
2013 winner: Kay Maguire with RHS Grow your own Crops in Pots
Reference Book of the Year: Andy Vernon – The Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias. The Reference Book of the Year award?acknowledged the best factual?garden 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.
2013 winner:?Christopher Brickell?with?RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening
Inspirational Book of the Year: George Plumptre – The English Country House Garden. This award is for the inspirational book that most clearly demonstrates overall excellence in its market.?The book?s concept should be a good one (not ?more of the same?), its horticultural subject matter must be accurate and the writing engaging and making it hard to put the book down.
2013 winner: Tim Richardson with The New English Garden
Garden Publication of the Year: Gardens Illustrated. This award is for the national or regional gardening magazine, newspaper or gardening supplement that most clearly demonstrates overall excellence, judged from three consecutive issues. The winning publication will have a foundation of outstanding editorial and design, together with a sure understanding of the needs of its target audience. It will demonstrate audience retention or growth, robust market share and competitive positioning, as well as sound commercial results.
2013 winner: Gardeners? World Magazine
The Dr David Hessayon Garden Columnist of the Year: Alan Titchmarsh – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine: Tales from Titchmarsh. This award recognises excellence in style and content from garden writers who lead opinion in print and/or online, judged from three features or columns.?Whether it is a national, regional or specialist newspaper, consumer or trade magazine, or website, judges look for high quality writing in a versatile style.
2013 winner: Alys Fowler, Guardian Weekend Magazine
News Story of the Year: Matthew Appleby – Horticulture Week: Interflora and RHS draw fire from British growers over ?195 bouquet. This award will be made to the writer of the best gardening news story published in any national, regional or specialist newspaper or in any consumer or trade magazine or on any website. The winning story will be well written and get straight to the heart of the story in a concise and pithy way. The reader will be able to quickly grasp the facts and consequences of the story.
2013 winner: Ian Hodgson, Garden News, Disease Threat to Snowdrops
Journalist of the Year: Val Bourne – Gardens Illustrated: Hostas; The Garden: Pick of the Peonies; The Plantsman: Elizabeth Parker-Jervis. The judges are looking for memorable, distinctive writing that?s original, entertaining and relevant to the reader as well as insight and new ideas. The winner will have the capacity to avoid clich?s and recycling to break new ground and be able to demonstrate that their writing has made an impact beyond the bounds of their publication. This award will be made to a writer published in magazines, newspapers or on a website or in a horticultural or trade journal and is judged from three pieces of work.
2013 winner: Matthew Wilson: Turkish Delight:?A Tree Worth Puzzling Over and Financial Times:?Japans Rite of Spring
Practical Journalist of the Year: Charles Dowding – Kitchen Garden: Fram Pasture to Plot without Digging; Spuds without the Spadework; Preventing Cabbage Carnage. The winning practical journalist will be able to clearly and accurately explain or describe horticultural techniques. They?ll have the ability to make cyclical, seasonal, instructional content fresh, avoiding ennui and repetitiveness. Their writing style will be as engaging as it is informative and make readers want to go straight out into their gardens to give it a try.
2013 winner: Guy Barter, The Garden:?Root Cuttings, Growing Media for Containers, Identifying Fungal Diseases?
Trade Journalist of the Year: Lucy Summers – Garden Centre Retail: Plant Focus – March,?April, May ’13. This award will be made to the writer of the best trade column or article from a feature or series, published in a professional horticulture or trade journal or website and is judged from three pieces of work. This category is not judged on the design of the page or any accompanying photography but purely the quality of the writing.
2013 winner: Sarah Cosgrove, Horticulture Week, Higher Course Fees Deter Career Changers, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Contract will Redefine Parks Work, Says Landscape Group, Landform Appointed to Create Gibraltar’s First Public Park
Photographer of the Year: Jason Ingram. This award will be given to the photographer who submits a portfolio of eight published garden and/or plant images that celebrate current standards of excellence in professional garden photography.
2013 winner: Jason Ingram
Features Photographer of the Year: Clive Nichols – Ragley Hall. This award is for the photographer who best illustrates an editorial feature, in print or online. The themed portfolio of five or more images will be relevant to the feature, tell the story without necessarily needing captions and represent at least 80% of all the photographic illustrations published in the context.
2013 winner: Marianne Majerus, Garden Illustrated:?The Genius of the Place
Book Photographer of the Year: Andrea Jones – The Splendour of the Tree. The winning photographer?s images will stand out from the pack for their skill and brilliance. Their plant images will showcase spot-on technique and original artistic views of the subject and their garden images will celebrate everything that is special about that particular garden.
2013 winner: Mark Diacono with My Cool Allotment
TV Broadcast of the Year: Great British Garden Revival: Topiary & Roof Gardens. This award will go to the best national or regional TV gardening broadcast of three minutes or more, including ?red button? broadcast, broadcast for the first time. The winning broadcast will be topical, seasonally relevant and interesting as well as horticulturally accurate.
2013 winner: Monty Don, Monty Don’s French Gardens: The Gourmet Garden
Radio Broadcast of the Year: James and the Giant Atlas Cedars. This award will go to the best national or regional radio gardening broadcast, whether a single programme or selected programmes from a series or strand. The winning radio broadcast will be topical, seasonally relevant and interesting. Its presentation will be engaging and interesting to keep listeners tuned in until the end.
2013 winner: Cherrie Mcllwaine, Gardeners’ Corner
Environmental Award: Stephanie Pain – Kew Magazine: Saving for the Future. This award will be made to the writer, photographer or broadcaster who best identifies and chronicles a project that has had a positive benefit on the environment and our guardianship of it.
2013 winner: Kate Bradbury, The Wildlife Gardener
The Alan Titchmarsh New Talent award: Lalage Snow – The Garden: Edens beyond the razor wire. The winning person will be new to garden media but will demonstrate the best talent and most potential in his or her field of communication(s). Regardless of role or age, their career will be on a steeply upward trajectory, earning the respect of their peers through their achievements. They will demonstrate an inherent skill for communication, imagination and flair for what they do as well as technical and horticultural accuracy.
2013 winner: Nick Turrell, The Guardian: Tree’s a Crowd, Falling in Love Again
and The Daily Telegraph: Pay Cash and Carry your Plants Home
Blog of the Year: Graham Rice – www.transatlanticgardener.com. This is award is for the best blog that showcases excellent and engaging content, judged from viewing the live blog plus supporting entry details.
The winning blog will be entertaining and friendly, giving the reader a real sense of the human behind it and their personality.
2013 winner: winner: James Alexander-Sinclair, blogs.crocus.co.uk/plantsmans
Website of the Year: www.rhs.org.uk. This award will be given to the best gardening website, judged from viewing the live website plus supporting entry details. The winning website will demonstrate success in growing the number of impressions, original users and revenue, as well as the impact the site has achieved, including links from other sites and media coverage.
2013 winner: www.crocus.co.uk
New Media award (App of the Year): George Williams – PlantSnapp App. This award recognises excellence in the development of digital products. It will be given to the best software application (app) designed to be downloaded to a device operating system such as iPhone and iPad or the Android equivalent and flip book effect e-magazines/online magazines
2013 winner: James Alexander-Sinclair & Tiffany Daneff, iPad magazine app ? intoGardens
The Lifetime Achievement Award:?Christopher Brickell. 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.
2013 winner: Stefan Buczacki
The Garden Media Guild Awards 2014 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 2014 Awards Lunch offered a unique chance to network among some of the best-known faces and most influential players in the gardening world.
Sponsors of the Garden Media Guild Awards 2014 include:
- Briggs & Stratton
- Hartley Botanic
- HTA (Horticultural Trades Association)
- Westland Horticulture
- Scotts Miracle Gro
- Thompson & Morgan (UK) Ltd