Gardening Glitterati at the Garden Media Guild Awards

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Some weeks back a very exciting email arrived in my inbox. Thompson & Morgan had sent me an invitation to join their table at this year’s Garden Media Guild Awards luncheon. How could I refuse? I booked my flight to London that very day. (Watch a video of the event below)

The Garden Media Guild

If you’ve not heard of the Garden Media Guild before, it’s an exclusive association made up of garden media professionals. To become a member you must make the majority of your income from garden media — members are selected through an application process.

GMG members support each other’s work and once a year awards are given out to the best of the best in gardening literature, journalism, photography, and more. The winners are announced at a swanky luncheon that takes place at the Savoy in London each autumn.

Gardening Glitterati at the Garden Media Guild Awards

Cornering Carol Klein after the event

Gardening Heroes

On the day I had the pleasure of meeting the folks from Thompson & Morgan, various gardening professionals, bloggers, and gardening glitterati. There were about 300 people there and the guest list read like a who’s who of gardening celebrities. Notable absences were Monty Don and Alan Titschmarsh but it seemed like everyone else was there.

I met not one but two of my gardening heroes on the day — Carol Klein and Charles Dowding. Both of them were gracious enough to feature in my video.

I took the opportunity to ask Charles about using the no-dig method with my garden challenge, the New Zealand Flatworm. I’m pleased to say that he’s instilled confidence in me that it can be done. If you’d like to pick up his book on the topic you can order it on Amazon. It received the Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year Award during the event.

Gardening Glitterati at the Garden Media Guild Awards

The stunning event was held at the Savoy in London

Garden Media Inspiration

The whole affair was dazzling and I’ll admit that I was a bit star struck. An award from the GMG is certainly something to aspire to — I’m sure that everyone who attended has a secret dream of receiving one someday.

Now it’s time to wipe off the glitter and get back to work. After a day of glam I’m happy to get back to work, enthused and inspired by the people I met. Thank you once again Thompson & Morgan for inviting me as your guest.

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