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Winners 2018

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The Garden Media Guild Awards 2018:  Awards Winners

And the winners are.... Many congratulations to all winners and those shortlisted.

You can view all the images from the 2018 Awards Lunch here

All images Copyright Jayne Lloyd

Brilliant & Wild – A garden from scratch in a year by Lucy Bellamy

The Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year Award sponsored by The Garden Press Event

Judges’ comments

This is an exciting and original book that that will inspire new gardeners to action. The concept is presented in an aspirational but achievable way, in much the same way interior design books do for home decoration. It presents a simple but effective style which most people could imagine and might be inspired to create in their own gardens, even small ones. The book is very refreshing and the plant profiles and obvious love of plants and their wildlife value in Lucy’s descriptive writing is also very appealing. This is also backed up by Jason Ingram’s stunning photography. A lovely, fresh approach to garden design.


How to Propagate 375 Plants by Richard Rosenfeld

Revive Your Garden by Nick Bailey

RHS Gardening School by Simon Akeroyd & Ross Bayton

RHS Little Book of Small Space Gardening by KayMaguire


Winter Gardens – Reinventing the Season by Cedric Pollet

Garden Book of the Year

Judges’ comments

Winter Gardens – Reinventing the Season is a beautifully presented and inspiring visual depiction of how to make sense of a time of the year often overlooked by books and left behind by gardeners. The choice of show-stopping gardens, captured by stunning photography, will inspire amateur gardeners and keen horticulturists alike to bring their plots to life and add sparkle to the darker months. We liked the way the book explores the use of contrast and colour. Even for those with a small space to work with, there are plenty of planting ideas to spark the imagination. This book proves that gardens do not have to be grey and beige for a quarter of the year.

Publisher Helen Griffin (left) collected the Award on behalf of Cedric from Garden Media Guild Co-Chair Constance Craig Smith.


Dahlias: beautiful varieties for home and garden by Naomi Slade

Plants That Kill by Elizabeth A Dauncey & Sonny Larsson

The Flower-Powered Garden by Andy Vernon

Woodland Gardening by Kenneth Cox


Kitchen Garden, edited by Steve Ott

Garden Publication of the Year sponsored by Westland Horticulture

Judges’ comments

Kitchen Garden is exciting and inspiring, not just for the experienced gardener but also for the novice, well laid out and fully engages the reader, holding their attention from start to finish. Each issue includes oodles of practical ideas and advice supported by sound editorial. The judges were unanimous in their view of Kitchen Garden as a title for our time. It's fully detailed, highly entertaining and packed with tips and value.

Editor Steve Ott with Jo Wilkinson from Award sponsor Westland.


BBC Gardeners' World Magazine, edited by Lucy Hall

Garden Answers, edited by Liz Potter

The English Garden, edited by Clare Foggett

The Garden, edited by Chris Young


Horticulture Week, edited by Kate Lowe

Trade Publication of the Year sponsored by The Landscape Show

Judges’ comments

The now monthly magazine is packed with useful information and articles written with depth and understanding of complex subjects that impact our industry. Supplemented with daily email briefings and a comprehensive online presence it covers the industry in an engaging and practical way. A masterclass in trade journalism, the reporting is well researched and delivered with clear authority. But more than that, the title celebrates the trade and its members in way that makes them feel valued.

Christina Taylor of Horticulture Week with Jeremy Storey-Walker from Award sponsor The Landscape Show.


The Garden Design Journal, edited by Stephanie Mahon

Ian Hodgson for articles in Garden News

News Journalist of the Year sponsored by Briggs & Stratton

Judges’ comments

Ian Hodgson knows what his readers want and pitches his editorial perfectly for the weekly gardening magazine market. He is a master of off- diary stories and gets to grips quickly with complex and technical subjects - presenting the information in an accessible, friendly and concise newsy style that keeps Garden News at the top of its game.

Ian Hodgson (right) with Ian Small from Award sponsor Briggs & Stratton.


Matthew Appleby for articles in Horticulture Week

Sarah Cosgrove for articles in Horticulture Week

Ruth Hayes for articles in Amateur Gardening

Sally Nex for articles in The Garden


Val Bourne for articles in Amateur Gardening

News Journalist of the Year sponsored by Briggs & Stratton

Judges’ comments

An old-school horticultural expert with real authority, Val writes with clarity and simplicity, packing masses of interesting information and technical detail into her short weekly column on garden wildlife. It’s easy to read and always thought-provoking (even if you don’t always agree with her stance) getting deep under the skin of her subject.

Val Bourne (left) with Garden Media Guild Co-Chair Tamsin Westhorpe.


Helen Billiald for articles in Garden Answers

Martyn Cox for articles in The Mail on Sunday

Dawn Isaac for articles in Cambridge Independent

Alan Titchmarsh for articles in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

Stephanie Mahon for articles in Garden Design Journal

Journalist of the Year sponsored by Stihl

Judges’ comments

Stephanie Mahon was a clear winner. Her opinion piece on the different attitudes to the show gardens at Chelsea Flower Show in the Daily Telegraph particularly appealed for its balance and readability, while her articles in the Garden Design Journal showed that she can speak authoritatively and attractively to a specialised, expert readership.

Stephanie Mahon (left) with Carmen Rosten from Award sponsor Stihl.


Jodie Jones for articles in The Garden Design Journal and Gardens Illustrated

Sandra Lawrence for articles in Hortus

Sally Nex for articles in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and The Garden

Anna Pavord for articles in Gardens Illustrated


David Patch for articles in Kitchen Garden


Practical Journalist of the Year sponsored by Thompson & Morgan

Judges’ comments

David Patch writes with style and character that engages the reader from the outset and keeps them hooked until the final full stop. All of David’s articles in Kitchen Garden magazine are consistently laden with expert fruit-growing advice and easy-to-follow step-by-steps. He writes with authority that’s hard to beat and clearly enjoys sharing his passion for fruit- growing. David combines being a professional nurseryman with confident writing, and his friendly, practical style will inspire both novices and experienced gardeners.

David Patch (left) with Chris Wright from Award sponsor Thompson & Morgan.


Monty Don for articles in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Charles Dowding for articles in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

Adam Frost for articles in BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Naomi Slade for articles in Garden News


Andrea Jones

The Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year Award

Judges’ comments

Andrea’s images capture the essence of the gardens, people and plants with an intimacy and variety that gave her the edge over the other finalists, as well as consistently demonstrating photographic excellence with her composition and lighting skills.

Andrea Jones with Gordon Rae.


Jürgen Becker

Jason Ingram

Marianne Majerus

Clive Nichols



Richard Bloom for images in Gardens Illustrated and Garten Design Inspiration

Features Photographer of the Year

Judges’ comments

With a variety of features and different weather conditions, Richard showed technical skill, sensitivity, mood and great mastery of different weather conditions.

Richard Bloom (right) with Michael Warren FIoH.


Jason Ingram for images in Gardens Illustrated

Dianna Jazwinski for images in Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden

Marianne Majerus for images in Weranda, Morning Calm, Garten Design Inspiration

Clive Nichols for images in Garden Design Magazine (USA), Country Life (UK), Gardenia (Italy)

Growing Wild, Producer/Presenter, Charlotte Petts

Radio Broadcast or Podcast of the Year

Judges’ comments

The health benefits of gardens, gardening, landscape and nature are essential to a healthy society. As modern lives shift indoors, these ideas and answers are more vital than ever. Charlotte presents this message clearly and made the judges want to tune in again to hear more. Each section of the interview was professional, engaging and informative. We particularly enjoyed hearing about ‘Grow’ a project promoting the health benefits of nature, the ‘Lemon Tree Trust’ the charity aiding the development of green spaces in refugee camps, and the new Dementia Inclusive Gardening Group. Of all the entries, this one had a much more inclusive, inspiring and valuable message. Beautifully presented and edited, with engaging and informative interviews, not just relevant to gardening but to society as a whole.

Charlotte Petts with Michael Howes, Hon Secretary of the Garden Media Guild.


Garden Mania: BBC Newcastle, Producer, Marian Foster

RHS Gardening Podcast, Digital Features Editor, Gareth Richards

Skinny Jean Gardener, Presenter/Producer, Sue Biggs


Gardeners' World, Producer Paolo Proto

The Roy Lancaster TV Broadcast of the Year Award sponsored by The HTA

Judges’ comments

This BBC Gardeners’ World episode’s report on plastic plant pots, presented by Arit Anderson was the stand out entry in this category. It is an engaging film that kept the judges interested and watching until the end credits. It is a well targeted for its audience and well-crafted as a piece of television with first-class excellent editing. Overall it delivered a very important message to the viewers of BBC Gardeners’ World and should now be celebrated and shared with a much wider audience, showcasing how the gardening industry is not just about the aesthetic but has a much larger important role to play in wider environmental issues and challenges.

Boyd Douglas-Davies (left) from Award sponsor The HTA with Sharon Fisher and Paolo Proto from Gardeners’ World.

The Urban Veg Patch by Caro Shrives

Blog or Vlog of the Year sponsored by Mr Fothergill’s

Judges’ comments

An informative and engaging blog, full of useful practical advice and the author’s voice and passion for their subject clearly heard. It was of great interest to read about the shared history behind this community-based blog. Caro engages frequently and readily with their readers and followers which brings added interest to the topic.

Caro Shrives with Dave Carey from Award sponsor Mr Fothergill’s.


Lauren Hall

Joff Elphick

Miranda Janatka

Julianne Robertson


Ben Dark, podcast: The Garden Log

The Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award sponsored by Hayloft Plants

Judges’ comments

Ben understands how a podcast works for his audience really well. He has a warm, intimate approach and whilst we felt the podcast was underpinned by strong technical knowledge, it was a personal take – like sitting down with a friend for a chat. We loved his descriptive style – ‘the month of decay which gives it its special glamour’; ‘Japanese anemone time of year’. We felt we wanted to hear more from him and that his approach displayed both talent but also huge potential as a different approach.

Ben Dark (centre) with Alan Titchmarsh.


Jamie Butterwort, broadcaster, journalis,t BBC Radio London and Pro Landscaper

Pilar Dell, blogger,

Miranda Janatka, blogger and journalist, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine and Hardy Plant Society website

David Maxwell, presenter, Gardener's Corner: BBC Radio Ulster

RHS Grow Your Own app, creator, Simon Hampton

Digital Innovation Award sponsored by Cobra Garden

Judges’ comments

This useful app was a clear winner. It was easy to use with good graphics and not too many words. It contained a wealth of information both for experienced and novice gardeners and allotment holders., Editor/Publisher, Nick Mann

Website of the Year sponsored by Honda

Judges’ comments

This website has stunning visuals, was easy to navigate and made good use of different media formats, particularly videos. The research function was also very good. The whole website put across and strong clear message, beautifully.

Finalists, Editor/Publisher, Tash Ellens, Editor/Publisher, Charles Dowding, Editor/Publisher, Michael Perry, Editor, Adrienne Wild


Gary Rogers

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Westland Horticulture


Charles Dowding

Social Media Influencer of the Year

Judges’ comments

Charles offers a constant flow of tweets all year round. His No-Dig campaign is promoted in an informative, jolly and approachable way, with visuals and images that make you want to leave behind your supermarket bags for life! His structured offering means you can just take away with you a weekly task to do in your garden and go back for more, a great way of encouraging followers. Charles also has a very strong YouTube presence and it's easy to see why as he has a very personable, easy-going personality. He is able to convey horticultural tips in an easy to understand no-nonsense manner.

Charles Dowding (right) with Garden Media Guild Committee member Tyrone McGlinchey.


Lee Burkhill

Matt Peskett

Nora Wallaya

James Wong


Caroline Foley

European Garden Book Award, with Victor von Süsskind (son of Sabine von Süsskind, the EGBA's founder)

Tamsin Westhorpe, Stockton Bury Gardens

Marcus Harpur Award, awarded by photographer Marie O’Hara



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