Garden Media Guild Awards 2014 judges named

Company: Garden Media Guild


The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the best examples of media work in the horticultural industry. They present an opportunity for individuals and organisations to allow their work to be judged by experts in the field. Among the judges are:

  • Andy McIndoe, managing director of Hillier Nurseries. Designer of the Hillier exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy has over 35 years’ experience in retail and production horticulture. He specialises in planning and advising on private gardens. He contributes regularly to magazines, newspapers and BBC Radio, lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad and leads gardening tours.
  • Noel Kingsbury, garden designer and writer. A gardener since childhood, Noel has designed gardens and public spaces and completed doctoral research at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape. Best known for his promotion of naturalistic planting design, Noel is passionate about innovation in the garden and the wider greenscape. He has written over 20 books on garden matters.
  • Adam Pasco, gardening journalist and founder of Adam Pasco Media. During his career, which has spanned 30 years to date, Adam launched and edited BBC Gardeners' World Magazine for over two decades. Through Adam Pasco Media, he writes extensively, provides content, delivers lectures and offers consultancy services to clients in the gardening industry.
  • Wesley Kerr, broadcaster, writer and commentator. Wesley has a lifelong interest in heritage, history and horticulture. A current board member of The Royal Parks, he has chaired the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Committee for London as well as its London Parks for People Committee. In this period, £350 million in grants was awarded in the capital, £49 for every Londoner.
  • Joy Macknight, features editor at Profit & Loss magazine. Throughout her 14 years as a journalist and editor, Joy has worked on a number of trade publications covering finance and technology. These include Treasury Today, gtnews, Banking Technology, Computer Weekly and IBM Computer Today.
  • Clare Foster, garden editor at House & Garden magazine and freelance journalist. Clare has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Daily Express. She spent nine years at Gardens Illustrated magazine, latterly as editor. She has been at House & Garden since 2005, where she is responsible for all the garden-related content of the magazine. Clare is the author of three books, Compost, Your Allotment and Painterly Plants. She has two blogs, The Allotment Letters and An Alphabet of Annuals.
  • Marsha Arnold, photographer. Marsha has been commissioned by national magazines and newspapers including Marie-Claire, Elle, the Telegraph, Observer and Guardian. One of her first assignments was in Libya to shoot a photo essay featuring Colonel Gaddafi and his infamous private all-female bodyguard. Marsha regularly photographs Monty Don and has worked on two books, Gardening at Longmeadow and The Home Cook Book.
  • Lucy Watson, Lucy Watson Productions. After a decade as photographic editor on GQ, Lucy recently launched her own business. Today, she works with the world’s leading photographers to create fashion stories and celebrity portraits. Her work appears in titles such as Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair and the Official Ferrari Magazine. Lucy has worked with Mario Testino, David Bailey, Ellen Von Unwerth and Norman Jean Roy.
  • Matthew Wilson, garden designer, writer, broadcaster and lecturer. Matthew’s interests include environmentally sensitive gardening, wildlife and landscapes. As well as working as a landscape designer, Matthew writes extensively in the media, is a regular correspondent for the Financial Times and has featured and presented on a number of television programmes. These include the Garden Media Guild award-winning Landscape Man for Channel 4.
  • Mark Diacono, garden designer, photographer, writer and grower. Mark has written six award-winning books, including A Year at Otter Farm published in June 2014, and A Taste of the Unexpected, which won Food Book of the Year 2011.
  • Mark Fane, co-founder Crocus. Mark has built 21 Gold Medal gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show, of which eight won the Best in Show Award. He is on the council of the RHS and is Chairman of the Garden Museum. Crocus won Website of the Year 2013 Garden Media Guild Awards.

A total of 18 awards will be contested across six categories at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2014:
Multimedia, Broadcasting and Digital Media
Lifetime Achievement Award
Looking forward to the awards ceremony in London in November, Adam Pasco said: “No event in the gardening calendar is quite like the Garden Media Guild Awards. People from the gardening industry come to celebrate excellence in all areas of our creative media. This is the biggest event of its kind in the gardening calendar – a place to meet, mix, talk and enjoy great company.”
Deborah Stone, chairman of Garden Media Guild, said: “We’re looking forward once again to seeing the very best examples of creativity and journalism in the gardening sector. Every year since we launched the Garden Media Guild Awards, we have been taken aback by the quality and imagination demonstrated in every categories. All the indications show the bar has been raised even higher in 2014.”
The Garden Media Guild brings together professional garden writers, authors, photographers, broadcasters, editors, lecturers and allied trades. Its aims are to raise the quality of gardening writing, photography and broadcasting and inform members about events in the world of gardening and horticulture.
Sponsors of the Garden Media Guild Awards 2014 include:

  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Hartley Botanic
  • HTA (Horticultural Trades Association)
  • redheadPR
  • Westland Horticulture
  • Scotts Miracle Gro
  • Thompson & Morgan (UK) Ltd

The Garden Media Guilds Awards ceremony will take place at The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU on Wednesday 26 November 2014.
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