Winners of the Garden Media Guild Awards 2019 have been announced, following the awards lunch at the Savoy in London.


The annual awards celebrate the best of horticultural communications and recognise individuals and organisations from across the industry. They are open to everyone who generates or publishes gardening content, not just Garden Media Guild members and provide an opportunity to recognise both new talent and established players.

This year Gardens Illustrated's Plantsman's Favourite columnist Tom Brown took home the New Talent award, while regular Gardens Illustrated photographer Jason Ingram took home both Features Photographer of the year and the Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year. Design Ideas columnist Marian Boswell also won the Dr David Hessayon Columnist of the Year award.

The full list of winners are below (winners are in bold).

Full list of winners of the 2019 Garden Media Guild Awards

Social Media Influencer of the Year – sponsored by STIHL

Jane Perrone –
Charles Dowding – YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Candide – Social Media Platform for plants and gardening
Sally Chandler – Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens, Instagram and Facebook
Great British Gardens – Instagram and Facebook

Blog or Vlog of the Year

Life on Pig Row – Andrew Oldham
Bramble Garden – Karen Gimson
Living on One Acre or Less – Sally Morgan
Grow Like Grandad – Matt Peskett
Blackberry Garden – Alison Levey

Website of the Year – sponsored by Honda

National Garden Scheme
Horticulture Week
Richard Jackson’s Garden

Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award – sponsored by Hayloft

Lauren Hall
Tom Brown
Joff Elphick
Miranda Janatka
Julianne Robertson

The Garden Book of the Year

The Galanthophiles by Jane Kilpatrick and Jennifer Harmer
Kiftsgate Court Gardens by Vanessa Berridge
The Secrets of Great Botanists by Matthew Biggs
At West Dean by Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain
Wisteria by James Compton and Chris Lane

European Book Award

Kenneth Cox for Woodland Gardening

Features Photographer of the Year

Richard Bloom
Marianne Majerus
Carole Drake
Jason Ingram
Clive Nichols

The Gordon Rae Photographer of the Year – sponsored by Candide

Clive Nichols
Tim Sandall
Jason Ingram
Andrea Jones
Marianne Majerus

Radio Broadcast/Podcast of the Year – sponsored by Evergreen

The Garden Organic Podcast
Sarah Wilson – Roots and All Podcast
BBC Radio Newcastle – Gardenmania celebrates 2018
The Plant Based Podcast
BBC Radio Ulster – Gardeners’ Corner in France;
Gardens of Remembrance

Marcus Harper Award

Pat Havers

The Roy Lancaster TV Broadcast of the Year – sponsored by the Horticultural Trades Association

Wildflower Special - BBC Gardeners’ World
Houseplant Fashions - ITV This Morning
Great British Gardens - Channel 5
The STIHL Spring Guide - YouTube
Alan’s Secret Garden -

News Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Briggs & Stratton

Marc Rosenberg
Sally Nex
Ruth Hayes
Sarah Johnson
Miranda Janatka

Practical Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Thompson & Morgan

Val Bourne
Paul Hervey-Brookes
Sally Nex
Alan Titchmarsh
Lucy Chamberlain

The Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year – sponsored by The Garden Press Event

RHS Colour Companion by Dr Ross Bayton and Richard Sneesby
Shrubs by Andy McIndoe
RHS Design Outdoors by Matt Keightley
New Vegetable Garden Techniques by Joyce Russell
Field Guide to the Orchids of Europe and the Mediterranean – Rolf Kuhn, Henrik Pedersen and Phillip Cribb

The Beth Chatto Environmental Award - sponsored by Beth Chatto Education Trust

Jean Vernon – The Garden: Bees in your Summer Garden
Charlotte Petts – Growing Wild
Matthew Appleby – The Super Organic Gardener
Sally Nex – The Garden: series on plastic
Nic Wilson – Dogwood Days blog

Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Viking

Monty Don
Caroline Donald
Alex Mitchell
James Alexander-Sinclair
Jane Perrone

The Dr David Hessayon Columnist of the Year – sponsored by Vitax

Dawn Isaac
Lia Leendertz
Marc Diacono
Marian Boswall
Alex Mitchell

Garden Publication or Garden Section of the Year – sponsored by Westland

Gardens Illustrated – edited by Lucy Bellamy
Which? Gardening – edited by Ceri Thomas
Garden Design Journal – edited by Stephanie Mahon
The English Garden – edited by Clare Foggett
BBC Gardeners’ World – edited by Lucy Hall

Cover of the Year – sponsored by Cobra

Kew Magazine – designer, Alfonso Iacurci, photographer, Jeff Eden
The Galanthophiles – designer, Chris Knight
Country Life – designer, Sarah Readman, photographer, Andrea Jones
The Garden – Mark Timothy, designer, Richard Bloom, photographer
Which? Gardening – Lucie Williams, designer, Jonathan Buckley, photographer


Lifetime Achievement Award

Carol Klein


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London