GardenComm announced today the 16 Gold Award winners of its 2020 Media Awards, one of the only national online media awards program for the garden communications industry.

For more than 20 years, GardenComm has conducted the annual awards program with the primary goal of providing public recognition for excellence in gardening-related communications. Awards are given at two levels: Silver Awards of Achievement, announced in July, and Gold Awards for Best Talent or Best Product, announced during GardenComm’s annual conference, which took place virtually Aug. 10-13.

“With more than 50 categories in writing, photographer, digital and broadcast media, publishing and trade, GardenComm Media Awards are where top professionals go to be recognized for their work,” said Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, GardenComm president. “Our 16 Gold Award winners and 26 Sliver Award winners truly represent the best of the garden communications industry.”

Gold Winners

1.       Broadcast Media: Radio Program (Overall)

The Garage Gardeners Radio Show

Steven Biggs and Emma Biggs


2.       Broadcast Media: Radio Program (Talent)

The Garage Gardeners Radio Show

Steven Biggs and Emma Biggs


3.       Digital Media: Video (Single Video)

Houseplant Home Makeover

Summer Rayne Oakes


4.       Digital Media: Individual (Overall Site)

The Houseplant Guru

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf


5.       Publishing: Magazine (Circulation < 20K)

Pacific Horticulture Magazine

Pacific Horticulture Society


6.       Writing: Magazine Article (Circulation < 20K)

“Higher Ground,” Wildflower

Amy McCullough


7.       Writing: Magazine Article (Circulation > 20K)

“Seasonal Porch Pots,” The American Gardener

Claire Jones


8.       Writing: Newspaper Column (Circulation > 20K)

Jeff Lowenfels Weekly Columns, Anchorage Daily News

Jeff Lowenfels


9.       Photography: Books (General Readership)

21 Trees

Rob Cardillo


10.   Photography: Cover

GROW – Winter 2019

Rob Cardillo


11.   Publishing: Book (General Readership)

A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season, by Margaret Roach

Timber Press, Inc.


12.   Publishing: Book (Technical/Reference)

Grow Lemons Where You Think You Can’t, by Steven Biggs

No Guff Press


13.   Trade: Magazine

Bloom: The Look Book Issue

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Kelly Reilly, Director of Marketing


14.   Writing: Blog

News, Garden Musings & Eco-Friendly Insights

Karen Bussolini


15.   Writing: Book (General Readership)

The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance

Ken Druse


16.   Writing: Book (Technical/Reference)

Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, 3rd Edition

Arthur R. Kruckeberg and Linda Chalker-Scott

For a complete list of 2020 Gold and Silver Award winners, visit