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The Garden Media Guild Awards 2022: Categories 


Below is the list of all award categories. OR Download here


1 The Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year

For the practical book that focuses on the nuts and bolts of a particular aspect of gardening or group of plants including helpful tips, proven methods and well explained, clear advice.

Sponsored by The Garden Press Event

the garden press event 

2 Garden Book of the Year

This award is for any gardening-themed book that includes factual information, such as an encyclopaedia, a biography, a diary or a beautiful ‘coffee table’ book.

Sponsored by Johnsons Lawn Seed


3 Garden Publication or Garden Section of the Year

For the best national or regional gardening magazine, gardening section of a newspaper or supplement or gardening section of a general interest magazine, with a foundation of outstanding editorial and design and a sure understanding of the needs of its audience.

Sponsored by Westland


4 The Dr David Hessayon Garden Columnist of the Year

For the writer of a regular column, whatever the channel, that leads opinion and captivates the reader with imagination, flair and high quality writing in a style appropriate to the audience.

Sponsored by Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill 

5 Practical Journalist of the Year

For the journalist who can convey practical horticultural techniques clearly and accurately and engages readers so much that they want to rush straight into their garden to give it a try.

Sponsored by Mr Fothergill's

Mr Fothergill's 

6 Journalist of the Year

For the journalist working for any gardening publication, in print or online, who regularly produces memorable writing that is entertaining and original, breaks new ground and is relevant to the reader..

Sponsored by Roses UK

Roses UK 

7 The Beth Chatto Environmental Journalist of the Year

This award is for the writer, author, blogger, vlogger or broadcaster who brings a pressing environmental issue to the attention of a wider audience. While the winner may not be the first person to focus on a particular subject, their work is inspiring, informative and entertaining enough to promote a positive change amongst gardeners in their attitude towards sustainable gardening and the environment..

Sponsored by Beth Chatto Education Trust

Beth Chatto Education Trust 

8 The Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year 

For the photographer of a diverse portfolio of images that celebrate current standards of excellence in professional garden photography and stand out for their skill and brilliance.



9 Features Photographer of the Year

For the photographer who best illustrates editorial features, producing themed portfolios that capture their subjects so effectively that captions are barely necessary because the story has been brought to life.

Sponsored by COBRA Garden Machinery


10 Portfolio Photographer of the Year 

This photography award celebrates the best in garden photography. It allows the photographer the freedom to put together a cohesive portfolio of images following a theme of their choice.


11 The Roy Lancaster Broadcast of the Year

For the best national or regional gardening broadcast of three minutes or more, including 'red button' broadcast and YouTube or online broadcasts. It may be a freestanding item or form part of another programme or series, but it will be topical, interesting and horticulturally accurate.

Sponsored by Evergreen Garden Care


12 Radio Broadcast or Podcast of the Year

For the best national or regional radio gardening broadcast or podcast that keeps its listeners tuned in until the end and entertains, informs and inspires in equal measure.

Sponsored by The Horticultural Trades Association


13 The Alan Titchmarsh New Talent of the Year

For the person that has made outstanding first steps in the world of garden media, demonstrating talent and potential in his or her field. 

Sponsored by Alitex


14 Blog or Vlog of the Year

For a blog or vlog that showcases excellent and engaging gardening content. The writing or video is entertaining and friendly, thought-provoking and informative.

Sponsored by Thompson & Morgan

Thompson & Morgan 

15 Website of the Year

For the gardening-themed website that demonstrates exceptional creativity and effectiveness. It makes an impact in its marketplace and has horticulturally accurate, informative and relevant content.  

Sponsored by HONDA


16 Social Media Communicator of the Year

This award recognises those who are using social media to communicate about gardening in exciting and innovative ways. Entry is open to any individual, agency, company, brand or organisation which is effectively using social media platforms.

Sponsored by STIHL


17 Cover of the Year

This award is open to all printed magazine and gardening books. We are looking for a cover that is original, eye-catching and grabs your attention. Publishers are invited to enter this award and will receive the certificate, but photographers and graphic designers must also be noted in the entry form. 


18 Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution throughout their lifetime to our profession. This award is in the gift of the GMG Committee

The previous winners are:

1993 Peter Seabrook; 1994 Fred Whitsey; 1995 Graham Stuart-Thomas; 1996 Rosemary Verey; 1997 Christopher Lloyd; 1998 Beth Chatto; 1999 Penelope Hobhouse; 2000 Geoff Amos; 2001 Jerry Harpur; 2002 Roy Lancaster; 2003 Joy Larkcom; 2004 Alan Titchmarsh; 2005 Dr David Hessayon; 2006 Geoffrey Smith; 2007 Ken Muir; 2008 Michael Warren
2009 Peter Beales; 2010 Andrew Lawson; 2011 John Brookes & Nigel Colborn; 2012 Jekka McVicar; 2013 Stefan Buczacki; 2014 Christopher Brickell; 2015 Adrian Bloom; 2016 Jim McColl; 2017 Richard Jackson; 2018 Gary Rogers; 2019 Carol Klein; 2020 Anna Pavord; 2021 Graham Rice