2012 GWA Media Awards Recipients

For over 25 years, the GWA has conducted an annual awards program for talent and products published or aired in the field of garden communications. The purpose of the program is to provide recognition for the vast talents of the GWA membership in the area of writing, photography, graphic design, illustration and electronic media such as radio, television and Internet programming. It is a means of showcasing the many exceptional works created and/or published every year.

From 216 awards entries, 37 works were recognized for individual or collective achievement in 2011. Working in category teams (writing, photography, etc.), judges reviewed every entry based upon an objective point system evaluating information accuracy, content, organization, style and originality. Entries placing in the top 10% of this non-competitive scoring receive the Silver Award of Achievement and become semi-finalists for the Gold Awards for Best Talent or Best Product.

The second stage of judging becomes competitive. From the 37 Silver Award of Achievement recipients, the judges, as a group, subjectively evaluate talent (writing, photography, on-air personality, etc.) and product (book, magazine, calendar, etc.) entries for “Best Talent” or "Best Product" awards.        

The 2012 GWA Gold Media Awards were revealed during the GWA Annual Symposium in Tucson. Awards Chair Linda Nitchman is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2012 GWA Media Awards.

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2012 Gold Awards
Best Talent and Best Product

Best Book Writing
Rebecca Rupp for How Carrots Won the Trojan War, published by Storey Publishing

Best Magazine Writing
Wendy Tweten for “The VooDoo Garden: Good Help is Hard to Find,” published by West Sound Home & Garden

Best Newspaper Writing
Kim Palmer for “Goodbye to Grass,” published by Star Tribune

Best Electronic Media Writing
Billy Goodnick for Sustainable Landscaping: Cool Green Gardens, produced by FineGardening.com

Best Photography
Robert Llewellyn for Seeing Trees, published by Timber Press

Best Graphic Design
Patrick Nistler for Handmade Garden Projects, published by Timber Press

Best Book
McClelland & Stewart for The Untamed Garden

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2012 Silver Awards
of Achievement


Writing — Magazine      
Steve Bender, "Good Bones Make Great Gardens", Southern Living
Gene Bussell, "A Paperwhite Christmas", Southern Living
Therese Ciesinski, "Big Sky Country", Organic Gardening
Therese Ciesinski, "How We Grew", Organic Gardening
Rebecca Bull Reed, "Lush Life", Southern Living
Wendy Tweten, "The VooDoo Garden: Good Help is Hard to Find", West Sound Home & Garden

Writing — Newspaper
Amanda McNulty, "Fatty, Fatty, two by four", The State
Amanda McNulty, "The Skinny on Trees in Drought", The State
Lynette L. Walther, "A Taste of the Tropics in Maine", The Herald Gazette
Kim Palmer, "Goodbye to Grass", Star Tribune

Writing — Book, General Readership
William C. Welch & Greg Grant, Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday's Plans for Today's Gardens, Texas A&M University Press
Rebecca Rupp, How Carrots Won the Trojan War, Storey Publishing

Writing — Book, Technical/Reference      
Sylvia Bernstein, Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together, New Society Publisher
Michael Dirr, Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs, Timber Press

Writing — Newsletter/Bulletin/Brochure      
Daniel Mount, "The Story of Plants: Pumpkin", Northwest Horticultural Society
Diana K. Weiner, Backyard Natives Garden Guide, Friends of High School Park

Writing – Electronic Media
Helen Yoest, Moss Rocks Blog Writing: "The truth about moss — dispelling moss myths"; "Making moss terrariums — or not..."; "Knowing your Acrocarp from your Pleurocarp"
Billy Goodnick, Sustainable Landscaping: Cool Green Gardens, FineGardening.com
Karen Geisler, The Hortiholic, www.hortiholic.com
Irene Virag, Garden Grow Along/Northeast: "Charms of Clivia"; "Beautiful Friendship"; "Matchmaking in the Garden", Lowes.com


Photography — Magazine      
Rob Cardillo, "Cottage Done Right", Country Gardens

Photography — Book
Robert Llewellyn, Seeing Trees, Timber Press

Photography — Cover
Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, The Hook Magazine, March/April 2011

Photography — Portfolio
Terence Roberts, "Night Gardens" photography portfolio      

Photography — Electronic Media
Rob Cardillo, www.robcardillo.com, Rob Cardillo Photography


Illustration — Calendar
Randy Griffis, Garden Art Calendar 2012 Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply


Graphic Design — Book
Patrick Nistler, Handmade Garden Projects, Timber Press


On-Air Talent — Radio      
Tom Wichman, "Gardening in a Minute" radio program, UF/IFAS Extension & WUFT-FM

On-Air Talent — Television      
Joe Lamp'l, “Growing a Greener World”, National Public Television


Overall Product — Magazine: Under 100k
American Horticultural Society, The American Gardener: November 2011

Overall Product — Magazine: Over 100k
Meredith Corporation, Country Gardens: Summer 2011, Vol. 20, #3

Overall Product — Newspaper Section
Dallas Morning News, “Special Focus: Spring Gardening”

Overall Product — Book, General Readership
McClelland & Stewart, The Untamed Garden

Overall Product — Brochure
The Davey Tree Expert Company, The Davey Guide

Overall Product — Electronic Media
Meredith Corporation, Jaime Digs In, Better Homes & Gardens


Trade — Newsletter
Seed Savers Exchange, The Heritage Farm Companion

Trade — Catalog
Seed Savers Exchange, Seed Savers Exchange 2012 Catalog of Heirloom & Open-Pollinated Seeds, Books and Gifts



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