I didn’t know what information I could bring back for my readers when I visited Atlanta last year for the annual conference of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators.
I knew I would see lovely gardens, but since the climate is so different down south, what would interest gardeners in Western New York?
Then I talked with Mike Dunn, a gardener desperate to keep deer from devouring his plants. In addition to fencing in his large property, he built what he called a deer grate to keep them from entering via the driveway.
I knew immediately that my readers wanted to hear about this!
When I published the article, it produced a lively discussion in the comments section, so I knew readers were intrigued.
Now the article has gained more recognition. I received the 2017 Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement from GWA in the category of E-newsletter article.
Recipients of the Silver Medal represent the top winners each competition category and will now compete for best of group in the areas of writing, photography, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade.
“The Media Award winners have been judged by industry experts and show significant distinction and merits that exemplify exceptional work,” said Kirk Brown, president of GWA.
Last year I received the Silver Medal in the category of E-newsletter Overall.
I appreciate the recognition from my peers in GWA. I also want to thank all of you, my loyal readers, for letting me know what you’re interested in. Your feedback keeps me on track of what is important to Western New York gardeners. I couldn’t do this online magazine without all of you!
I’ll receive my award at this year’s GWA Annual Conference & Expo, which will be held right here in Buffalo from Aug. 4-7.
Tip: If you are a Master Gardener, give talks or tours, photograph gardens or write a blog, you are a garden communicator. Consider attending the GWA Annual Conference & Expo this year while it’s right here in Western New York. There’s still time to sign up.
Maybe you’d like to break into the field and write a gardening book or improve your photography or start a blog. You should consider attending, too.
There are 31 educational sessions on a variety of topics focusing on horticulture, writing, technology, business, publishing and more.
You’ll have the chance to attend the expo to meet vendors from many gardening businesses. Attendees are excited to not only find out what’s new in plants and tools, but often get samples as well.
See some of our best local gardens in a new way. There’s an early morning photo shoot of the Cottage District where you’ll be able to get shots of the gardens in great light. There will also be bus tours to some gardens you might be familiar with as well as others you might not have yet had a chance to visit.
And you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with garden communicators from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It’s a wonderful way to learn what colleagues in other parts of the country– or the world– are doing.
None of this is open to the public. The only way you can access these great activities is to register for GWA 2017.
Bonus tip: If you’re a gardener and like to find out more about gardening, there’s one event that is open to the public– Meet the Authors. You’ll have the chance to meet a few dozen of the hottest gardening authors in this country and Canada from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo.
You can buy their books right there at the event, get them signed by the authors and chat with some of the brightest stars in the garden publishing world.
Mark your calendar!