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2014 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 last year 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.

This year’s awards program continued the modernization process by moving to a new, online program for electronic entries and judging. The Association partnered with the leading newspaper awards program created by Better BNC/Smalltown Newspapers for the first Green Industry online awards program.

In the first round of judging, 260 awards entries were reviewed and 51 works were recognized with Silver Awards for individual or collective achievement in 2014. 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 51 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 2014 GWA Gold Media Awards will be revealed during the GWA Annual Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 11. Awards Chair Geri Laufer is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2014 GWA Silver Garden Media Awards of Achievement.

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2014 Silver Awards
of Achievement


Writing - Book (general readership)
Jeff Lowenfels, Teaming With Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition, Timber Press
Marta McDowell, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, Timber Press
Susan Poizner, Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City, Orchard People

Writing - Book (technical/reference)
Gary Paul Nabhan, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Chelsea Green Publishing

Writing – Magazine Article
Ken Druse, “Gourd Times,” Organic Gardening
Tom Christopher, “Hedge Fun,”Design New England
Tovah Martin, “One Man's Treasure,” Design New England
Marty Ross, “Hail to the Chiefs,” Country Gardens
Therese Ciesinski, “Sticks & Stones,” Organic Gardening

Writing - Magazine Column
Andrea Bellamy, Edible Gardens column, Edible Vancouver

Writing - Newpaper Article
Kim Palmer, “Building buzz,” Star Tribune
Marty Ross, “Down the Right Path,” The Kansas City Star

Writing - Newsletter/Bulletin/Brochure
Kim Eierman, Replacing the Green Desert: Meadowscaping and Other Native Alternatives, Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals Newsline Winter 2014  

Writing - Newspaper Column
Erin McIntyre, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News
Marianne Willburn, The Frederick News Post


Photography - Book (general readership)
Shaun Buchanan, Planting Designs for Cactus and Succulents, Cool Springs Press

Photography - Calendar
Saxon Holt, Inspired Flowers & Gardens 2014, True Image Publishing

Photography - Cover Photo
Bill Johnson, Iowa Gardener Magazine - May/June 2013

Photography - Magazine Article
Ken Druse, “Gourd Times,” Organic Gardening

Photography - Newspaper
Rob Cardillo, “3,000 Plants, and Then Some,”New York Times

Photography - Portfolio
Rob Cardillo, Portfolio


Electronic Special Project
Susan Poizner, “Online Fruit Tree Care Education for the New Urban Orchardist,”Orchard People

Radio Program - Overall
Alice Marcus Krieg & Carmen DeVito, “We Dig Plants,”

Radio Program - Talent
Alice Marcus Krieg & Carmen DeVito, “We Dig Plants,”

TV Program - Overall
Nan Sterman, AGP, LLC & Marianne Gerdes, “Cycle and Recycle,” KPBS public television

TV Program - Talent
Joe Lamp'l, Growing a Greener World TV


E-Zine Article
Mary Ann Newcomer, “Lost on Vancouver Island,” Leaf Magazine, Spring 2013

Podcast Series - Talent
Alice Marcus Krieg & Carmen Devito, “We Dig Plants,”

Video - Overall
Dallas Arboretum, “Dallas Arboretum Opens Scientific Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden” (Juliette Coulter)

Video - Talent
Doug Oster, “Digging with Doug,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Website - Article
Scripts Networks, “Sow and Tell: Chef Lance Gummere's Field and Flock,” (Felicia Feaster)
Jeanne Rostaing, “Taking Bread and Roses Literally in Brooklyn,”

Website - Overall
Joe Lamp'l,
Catherine Stewart, GardenDrum - beating a new path,


Blog - Overall Site
Catherine Stewart,
Patrice Todisco,

Blog - Writing
Christy Wilhelmi, Gardenerd Blog,
Dee Nash, Red Dirt Ramblings,

E-newsletter - Article
Carol Michel, “Tips for Hiring a Garden Designer,” Indiana Gardening Newsletters

E-newsletter - Overall
Monrovia, Plant Savvy (Judy Lynes)


Overall Book (General readership)
St. Lynn’s Press, Fine Foliage
St. Lynn’s Press, Slow Flowers

Overall Book (technical/reference)
Timber Press, Teaming with Nutrients: The Organic Gardener's Guide to Optimizing Plant Nutrition

Overall Calendar
The Davey Tree Expert Company, “2013 National Register of Big Trees” Calendar (Lindsay Ridinger)

Magazine over 100K Circulation
Gardening How-To Magazine, Summer 2013 (Kathy Childers)

Magazine under 100K Circulation
Garden Making Magazine, Fall 2013, Issue No. 15, (Beckie Fox)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Plants & Gardens Members' Newsletter - Fall/Winter 2013 (Elizabeth Peters)

Newspaper Garden Feature Page or Section
Star Tribune, Variety Home + Garden (Kim Palmer & Connie Nelson)


Trade - Catalog
Garden Debut®, Garden Debut® 2014 Catalog

Trade – Magazine
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Bloom, Winter 2014  (Kelly Norris)



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