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Garden Media Guild Awards a success

David Domoney is said to have delighted guests when helping to host the Garden Media Guild Awards (GMGA) last week. The event was held on 26 November 2015 at The Savoy, London, with an afternoon luncheon before celebrating the achievements in the gardening industry.

This year’s event entertained a crowd of familiar faces and a vast array of new ones; “the young blood pooling through the industry,” said Alan Titchmarsh. Guests represented every walk of the gardening media industry; patrons of the guild, journalists, photographers, broadcaster, online commentators, publishers. Every guest received a goodie bag filled with treats donated by the awards’ partners.

The Guilds chosen charities this year included Perennial and Greenfingers. The generosity of the audience meant both went away with over £500 to put towards the causes they represent.

Deborah Stone, now in her final tenure as chairman, announced the winners and posed for photographs, whilst Peter Seabrook hosted the lifetime achievement award to Adrian Bloom.

The winners of the GMGA awards are:

Practical Book of the Year

Mark Diancono – ‘New Kitchen Garden: How to Grow Some of What you Eat No Matter Where You Live’

Reference Book of the Year

Claire Austin – ‘Claire Austin’s Book of Perennials’

Inspirational Book of the Year

Jane Powers – ‘The Irish Gardener’

Garden Publication of the Year

Juliet Roberts – ‘Gardens Illustrated’

The David Hessayon Garden Columnist of the Year

Alys Fowler – ‘Guardian Weekend’

News Story of the Year

Marc Rosenburg – ‘Feed or Weed? Spot the difference’ in Amateur Gardening 01/08/2015

Journalist of the Year

Ambra Edwards – Roy the Rove, English Garden, Least we Forget, The Garden, Women in the Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated

Practical Journalist of the Year

Kay Maguire – ‘Fastest harvest’ BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Jan 15; ‘Time saving tomatoes’ BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Feb 15; ‘A year of veg from a meter plot’ BBC World Magazine April 15

Trade Journalist of the Year

Jane Perrone – ‘Social Media’ Garden Centre Retail Oct 14; ‘Plastic Fantastic’ Garden Centre Retail April 15; ‘The Kids are Aright’ Garden Centre Retail May 15

Photographer of the Year

Jürgen Becker – 8 images

Features Photographer of the Year

Andrew Montgomery – ‘Summer is a coming in/ Michealmas Feast’

Book Photographer of the Year

Marianne Majerus –‘Garden Design: A Book of Ideas’

Television Broadcast of the Year

Liz Rumbold – Gardeners’ World 2015 EP21

Radio Broadcast of the Year

Alys Fowler, Jane Perrone & Alice Williams – ‘Sow, Grow, Repeat’

Environmental Award

Helen Bostock – RHS Horticultural Advisor – Plants for Bugs, The Garden

The Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award

Vicki Cooke

Blog of the Year

David Marsden – ‘The anxious gardener’

Website of the Year

Richard Jackson – richardjacksongarden.co.uk

New Media Award

Lucy Hall – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine digital edition

Lifetime Achievement Award

Adrian Bloom

The Garden Media Guild Awards now has an established following, both with renowned names as well as the numerous new companies aiming to forge a foothold in the horticultural industry. The sponsors were:

Briggs & Stratton – sponsoring Trade Journalist of the Year

Hartley Botanic – sponsoring Broadcast of the Year

HTA – sponsoring Television Broadcast of the Year

Scotts Miracle-Gro – sponsoring Garden Publication of the Year

Stihl – sponsoring Journalist of the Year

Thompson & Morgan – sponsoring Practical Journalist of the Year

Westland Horticulture – sponsoring Inspirational Book of the Year

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