Held at The Savoy, London, on Thursday 21 November, the Garden Media Guild Awards were attended by more than 350 industry professionals, including DIY Week’s editorial team. The 18 Award categories attract entries from the UK’s leading gardening trend-setters from the new, blossoming stars of social media, through to the evergreen, celebrated garden writers and broadcasters.
This year’s Award winners included Sally Chandler who won Social Media Influencer of the Year for Beth’s Chatto’s Plants & Gardens website. Chandler has created a celebration of the life of one of the UK’s greatest gardeners and has used excerpts from Chatto’s Notebook to compare the garden then and now, with beautiful up-to-date images illustrating the plantswoman’s inspiring words.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was this year presented to presenter and plant guru, Carol Klein. The inaugural Beth Chatto Environmental Award was awarded to Sally Nex for her writing on plastic-free gardening in The Garden magazine.
Co-Chair of the Garden Media Guild, Constance Craig Smith, said: “It’s fantastic that so many of this year’s winning entries highlight the force for good that gardening can bring and across such a diverse range of platforms, from social media, vlogs and blogs to TV programmes and long-standing print magazines.
“The entire world of gardening media is in a wonderful position to highlight the increasing social, environmental and health benefits gardening, plants and being engaged with nature, can offer to everyone whatever their age.”
The 2019 winners are:
Blog or Vlog of the Year, sponsored by Mr Fothergill’s – Alison Levey, Blackberry Garden
Website of the Year, sponsored by Honda – National Garden Scheme
Social Media Influencer of the Year, sponsored by Stihl – Sally Chandler, Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens website
Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award, sponsored by Hayloft Plants – Tom Brown for writing and broadcasting
Radio Broadcast/Podcast of the Year, sponsored by Evergreen – Sarah Wilson, Roots and All podcast
Roy Lancaster TV Broadcast of the Year, sponsored by the Horticultural Trades Association – Great British Gardens, Channel 5
Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year, sponsored by the Garden Press Event- New Vegetable Garden Techniques, Joyce Russell
Garden Book of the Year – Kiftsgate Court Gardens, Vanessa Berridge
Features Photographer of the Year – Jason Ingram
Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Candide – Jason Ingram
News Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton – Marc Rosenberg
Practical Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Thompson & Morgan – Alan Titchmarsh
Beth Chatto Environmental Award, sponsored by Beth Chatto Education Trust – Sally Nex
Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Viking Cruises- James Alexander-Sinclair
Dr David Hessayon Garden Columnist of the Year, sponsored by Vitax – Marian Boswall
Garden Publication of the Year, sponsored by Westland Horticulture – Garden Design Journal
Cover of the Year, sponsored by Cobra – The Galanthophiles
Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Westland Horticulture – Carol Klein