2013 GWA Media Awards Recipients

For more than 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.

Because of the recent explosion of new media channels and in response to member suggestions, a special task force was created to review and update the awards program categories and criteria. The modernization was specifically designed to enable more garden communicators the opportunity to receive recognition for their unique works and talents.

From 188 awards entries, 31 works were recognized for individual or collective achievement in 2012. 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 Award of Achievement for Best Talent or Best Product. The second stage of judging becomes competitive. From the 31 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 2013 GWA Gold Media Awards were revealed during the GWA Annual Symposium in Québec City, Canada. Awards Chair Bill Aldrich announced the following recipients of the 2013 GWA Media Awards.

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2013 Gold Awards
Best Talent and Best Product

Best Magazine Writing
Pam Penick for “The Plant Man,” published by Garden Design

Best Newspaper Writing
Marianne B. Willburn for her columns: “Horticultural Hyperbole”; “Potagers to the People”; and “Garden Affairs to Remember”, published in The Frederick News Post

Best Book Writing
Janisse Ray for The Seed Underground, published by Chelsea Green Publishing

Best Photography
Ellen Hoverkamp for Natural Companions, published by Abrams/Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Best Social Media, Blog Writing
Theresa Loe for her “Living Homegrown” blog writing

Best Broadcast Media Talent
Doug Oster for “Digging with Doug” posted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Best Overall Book
Timber Press for The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage

Best Trade
Longwood Gardens for Light: Installations by Bruce Munro Press Kit

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2013 Silver Awards
of Achievement


Writing — Magazine Column
Barbara Pleasant, Garden Know-How Column, Mother Earth News

Writing — Magazine Article
Carol Stocker, “Fantasy and Folly,” Design New England
Pam Penick, “The Plant Man,” Garden Design
Rebecca Bull Reed, “Take Your Garden to New Heights,” Southern Living

Writing — Newspaper Column
Marianne B. Willburn, “Horticultural Hyperbole;” “Potagers to the People!” “Garden Affairs to Remember,” The Frederick News Post

Writing — Newspaper Article
Kim Palmer, “Cultivating Change,” Star Tribune

Writing, Book (General)      
Janisse Ray, The Seed Underground, Chelsea Green Publishing
Peter J. Hatch, A Rich Spot of Earth — Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, Yale University Press

Writing, Book (Technical/Reference)
Steven Biggs, Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t, No Guff Press

Writing — Brochure
Nicole Wisniewski, Growing Together, The Davey Tree Expert Company


Photography — Magazine
Lynn Karlin, “Almost Heaven,” Design New England

Photography — Book (General)
Ellen Hoverkamp, Natural Companions, Abrams/Stewart, Tabori & Change

Photography — Calendar
Lynn Karlin, “Simply Raw: Vegetable Portraits - 2013 Wall Calendar,” Amber Lotus Publishing

Photography — Cover
Lynn Karlin, Design New England, March/April 2012

Photography — Portfolio
Lynn Karlin, Portfolio


Social Media, Blog – Writing
Barbara Pleasant, GrowVeg.com
Theresa Loe, Living Homegrown Blog Writing

Broadcast Media, TV Program – Talent
Doug Oster, “Digging with Doug,”
   Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Broadcast Media, Radio — Talent        
C.L. Fornari, GardenLine on WXTK, WXTK 95.1 FM


Electronic Media, Blog — Overall Site
C.L. Fornari, Whole Life Gardening (www.wholelifegardening.com

Electronic Media, EBook — Overall     
Mt. Cuba Center, The Meadow Plants at Mt. Cuba Center, Mt. Cuba Center

Electronic Media, Website – Overall
C.L. Fornari, www.GardenLady.com

Electronic Media, Video – Overall
Monrovia, “Plant Savvy Tips”

Publisher/Producer, Magazine Under 100K
Pat Stone, GreenPrints, Spring 2012, GreenPrints Enterprises

Publisher, Magazine over 100K   
Organic Gardening/Rodale, Organic Gardening Magazine, April/May 2012

Publisher, Newspaper Garden Feature Section
Star Tribune, Star Tribune Variety H & G

Publisher, Book (General)
Timber Press, The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage       

Publisher/Producer, Book (Technical)
Chelsea Green Publishing, The Organic Seed Grower


Trade — Brochure
Monrovia, Online Inspiration

Trade — Catalog
Syngenta Flowers, Inc., Syngenta Vegetables 2012-13 Catalog

Trade — Press Kit      
Longwood Gardens, Light: Installations by Bruce Munro Press Kit


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