Kew magazine's editor, Christina Harrison, recently attended this year's GMG Awards where her magazine scooped a prestigious award together with finalist results in other categories.
It came as a bit of a surprise, but a very welcome and lovely one. Every year Kew magazine enters the Garden Media Guild Awards - or the Garden 'Oscars' - and we have been very fortunate in recent years to get several finalist places, mainly in the Environmental category for features on Kew's conservation work. This year however our luck was in!
Editor Christina Harrison accepts the award on behalf of Gail Vines for her article in Kew magazine
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At a star-studded event complete with many TV gardening presenters and respected authors and photographers, Kew magazine won the first award of the evening - the 'Plants and Well Being' category - for a feature showing how plants are of benefit to people. The piece in question was by one of our best regular contributors, Gail Vines, who wrote a wonderful article about the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership's MGU Useful Plants Project, called Growing Your Own.
This project helps communities in Africa and Mexico to grow the plants they want in community gardens. This helps local people in their daily lives and also helps to conserve the plants they would otherwise have to take from the wild. Some species are particularly hard to germinate or propagate and Kew's expertise provides the answers and practical support.
In the finals
Kew magazine also received a finalist place in the same category for Stephen Anderton's article, Flower Power at Chelsea, on Kew's involvement in The Times Eureka Garden at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which promoted the beauty of useful plants.
In the Environmental category we also bagged a finalist place for Andrew Jackson's Little things mean a lot. Andy, who is head of Wakehurst Place, writes for the magazine in his regular column, Wakehurst View, but in this instance he took readers to the Francis Rose reserve at Wakehurst - the first reserve for lower plants or 'cryptogams'. He explained their importance, conservation and just why they need a reserve.
It was a fantastic day at the awards, and I hope all our readers agree that our hard working writers deserve such recognition. Kew magazine is dedicated to bringing plant conservation issues, plant science and horticulture to our readers and supporters, and spreading the word about their importance. Receiving such awards really helps us to promote Kew's work, so we feel like winners all round!
Christina picking up the Plants and Well Being Award at the Garden Media Guild awards in November 2011. Kew magazine was also a finalist in the Environmental category.
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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