This year Kew magazine had two articles in the finals of the Garden Media Guild awards. Two books from Kew Publishing were also shortlisted. Find out more about the event and the awards that we were up for.
Carolyn Fry's articles Desperately Seeking Species (which appeared in our spring 2010 issue) and Saving a World of Diversity (from summer 2010) were both finalists in the environment category of the 2010 Garden Media Guild awards this week. The Kew magazine team were absolutely thrilled to reach the finals again, especially as two articles made it through!
Kew Publishing did really well at the awards - winning Reference Book of the Year for The Kew Plant Glossary: an illustrated dictionary of plant identification terms by Kew botanist Dr Henk Beentje. This is an immensely useful guide to all botanical terms.
Henk Beentje (left) receives his award
The judges were unanimous in voting this the winner, saying:
"A reference book that provides clear definitions, excellent line drawings and would fit into a large pocket for on-the-spot use. The cover is alluring and exciting and the contents exemplary in accuracy. Thrill to the fact that not only will technical terms from abaxial to zygomorphous be at your fingertips, but that you will understand them. The correct names for shapes, divisions and colours of leaves, flowers, seeds and fruit are all described and annotated. Impeccable and a great investment."
Poisonous Plants: A guide for parents & childcare providers by Elizabeth Dauncey, published by Kew Publishing was another finalist in this category, while Why People Need Plants - published in association with the Open University - was a finalist in the Plants and Well Being award.
To add to the excitement further, Kew's website was also a finalist in the online media website of the year award. It was quite an afternoon!
- Christina -
Christina accepts a Kew Publishing award at the Garden Media Guild awards in 2012.
Christina joined Kew in 1999 after finishing a BSc. degree in Plant Ecology and an Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture. After initially working as a horticulturist in Kew’s Arboretum and the Hardy Display section (on the Grass Garden) she went on to become Festivals Interpretation Officer between 2002-2008, helping Kew’s onsite visitors understand what makes Kew tick. In the meantime she completed an MA in Garden History, a subject that continues to be one of her passions.
Christina was short-listed for a Garden Writers Guild award in 2007 for one of her articles in Kew magazine, and is the author of Kew’s Big Trees, published in 2008. She became editor of Kew magazine in September 2008. “I see Kew magazine as a window on the world of Kew,” she says. “I hope between its pages the many facets of Kew’s work and the people who make it happen are revealed for all to see and encourage readers to continue to support Kew.”
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