The Guild Media Guild encourages and rewards excellence in garden communication, assists members with various aspects of their careers and helps with educational aspects of the gardening communications industry.
The Garden Media Guild meets its objectives – including its educational ones – in numerous ways.
These are made annually for outstanding work in various categories of horticultural communication as well as acknowledging new talent. Both members and non-members are eligible to enter. The Lifetime Achievement Award is made to individuals who have made an exceptional long-term contribution. The Guild’s Awards are widely recognised as the UK’s definitive gardening media accolades.
New for 2016 GMG members will no longer have to pay to submit their entries to the Awards.
Annual Awards Lunch
The Awards are presented at an annual lunch. This is a major event that is supported by the whole gardening industry and gives members the opportunity to meet not only one another, but also influential figures from throughout the industry.
Professional Garden Photographers’ Association (PGP)
Members of the Guild who are photographers are able to join this Association. The PGP is a semi-autonomous group within The Garden Media Guild and now represents more than 100 professional garden photographers from across the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA.
The Guild offers a probationary membership scheme for those people who have never had work published/broadcast and therefore can’t join as full members. Each probationer can join the Guild for up to three years and is assigned a mentor to help them make their way into their chosen career.
The Guild has established a partnership arrangement with Whinney Insurance Brokers to provide members with a valuable discount on a wide range of business insurance products.
These discounts are arranged with various companies that offer products or services.
The Guild’s website distributes information about the Guild.
The Guild’s quarterly magazine ensures that members are kept up-to-date with events, new books, publishing, photography and broadcasting issues and general gardening and horticultural news.
The Guild’s monthly E-newsletter, e-mailed to members, contains the latest information, news and updates as they relate to the gardening industry, and which is of particular interest to the general Guild membership.
The Guild is also on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/gardenmediaguild), Facebook (facebook.com/gardenmedia.guild) and Twitter (twitter.com/GdnMediaGuild). These accounts are used to listen to members, share news of interest and to promote the Guild's activities.
A calendar of visits to a great range of different gardens and nurseries. These are designed for members to network with each other, learn from the garden and nursery owners and generate great news and general-interest stories.
Briefing days are organised for members. These provide a platform for horticultural companies, growers, societies, manufacturers and suppliers of gardening products to address Guild members. Briefing days ensure that members are kept up-to-date with new developments, as well as creating a forum that links communicators and the industry.
These are organised to keep members up-to-date with publishing, photography and broadcasting issues, business matters and new technology.