GardenComm announces Gold Media Award winners

GardenComm announces Gold Media Award winners

The 2021 Gold Media Awards recognize the best work of professional horticultural communicators.


Garden Communicators International (GardenComm) announced the winners of its 2021 Gold Media Awards on Saturday, August 14, at the GardenComm Virtual Conference.  

The GardenComm Media Awards is the only national online media awards program for the gardening communications industry. Held annually for more than 20 years, the awards program recognizes top professional horticultural communicators in the areas of writing, photography, speaking, digital media, broadcast media, publisher/producer and trade.

“The innovation, creativity, and professionalism showcased in the 2021 Media Awards submissions represent the incredible work of garden communicators across the globe,” said GardenComm president Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp. “While we had a number of impressive entries, the gold winners of the GardenComm Media Awards represent the best in garden communication.”

Gold Media Award Winners

  • Eric Grissell for Writing: Book (General Readership)

    “A History of Zinnias: Flower for the Ages”  

  • Carter Wilkie for Writing: Consumer Magazine Article (Circulation < 20K)

    “Collector on a Grand Scale: The Horticultural Visions of Henry Francis du Pont”  

  • Princeton Architectural Press, Alan Stein, and Nancy Virts for Publisher/Producer: Book (General Readership)

    “The Conservatory: Gardens Under Glass” by Alan Stein and Nancy Virts

  • Mary-Kate Mackey for Writing: Blog

    “Rooting for You” -- May, June, and August blog posts  

  • Debra Prinzing, Slow Flowers LLC for Trade: Special Project

    “Slow Flowers Journal-Volume One”  

  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society/Blue Root Media for Publisher/Producer: Consumer Magazine (Circulation < 20K)

    GROW - Winter 2020  

  • Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens for Publisher/Producer: Newsletter or Brochure

    The Garden Dirt Summer 2020 Issue

  • Rob Cardillo for Photography: Book (General Readership)

    “A Year at Brandywine Cottage by David Culp”

  • Stipes Publishing LLC for Publisher/Producer: Book (Technical/Reference)

    “Herbaceous Perennial Plants” by Dr. Allan M. Armitage

  • William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for Digital Special Project

    “Tour of the Arnold Arboretum”  

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for Digital Media: Website (Overall/Commercial)

    Storytelling and Digital Communication in the New Arnold Arboretum Website  

  • Toni Gattone, Speaker & Author, for Speaking: Live Presentation

    “You Can Garden for Life!”

  • Susan Poizner for Digital Media: Website (Overall/Individual)

    “Orchard People Fruit Tree Care Education”  

  • C. L. Fornari for Writing: Trade Column

    “Retail Revival”  

  • Erica Browne Grivas for Writing: Newspaper Article (Circulation > 20K)

    “Coronavirus Pandemic Triggers a Wave of Self-Sufficiency in Seattle Area”  

  • Randy Schultz for Digital Media: Blog (Overall Site)

    “Home Garden and Homestead”  

  • Danae Wolfe for Digital Media: Video “Chasing Bugs: The Film”  


To view all the GardenComm Media Award recipients, visit