It was a cold day on Thursday but well worth the trip into central London to attend the annual Garden Media Guild Awards at a plush hotel near Grosvenor Square. All fingers and toes were crossed...
Each year at the end of November almost 300 members of the gardening press get together at this glamorous event to celebrate the best in writing, photography, programme making and online content. These are the 'Oscars' of the gardening world.
Kew magazine was up for several awards and I’m glad to say we won the New Writer award. Rachel Mason Dentinger, who has been writing for us since spring this year, took the award for three features that have appeared in the magazine (see below). The judges said her writing style made in-depth science and conservation stories highly readable, while never dumbing-down their content. I was thrilled for Rachel to get this award as it is so well deserved. Bringing Kew’s science to a wider public, who are often unaware of the kind of work that goes behind the scenes here, can be a daunting task but Rachel rose to the challenge admirably.
Rachel Mason Dentinger accepts her award from Chris Packham
Kew magazine also made the finalist list for three other categories – the Environment award for Bruce Pavlik’s feature on Kew’s restoration ecology programme; Garden Columnist of the Year for Andrew Jackson’s insightful 'Wakehurst View' articles, and Features Photographer of the Year for John Millar, whose stunning images of the David Nash sculptures at Kew adorned The Art of Nature feature in our autumn issue.
This was one of our best years at this prestigious awards event and my thanks must go to all our hard-working writers, photographers, designers and editors who help to create the magazine and bring Kew’s important message to all our readers.
GMG judges comments:
"The judges were astounded not only by the quality but also the breadth of media in this year’s entries, in which authors, journalists, columnists, bloggers, poets, film-makers and radio presenters were all represented. Rachel stood out for her ability to make scientific content accessible to all, skilfully weaving botanical terminology, enlightening interviews and a wonderful sense of place into her pieces – never dumbing down, and always educating upwards."
Read Rachel's winning features here