KLC Garden Design Diploma Course Leader wins at gardening 'Oscars'
Leading horticultural awards celebrate the nation’s passion for gardening in 2020
KLC's own Garden Diploma Course Leader, Humaira Ikram, has won the Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award at the prestigious Garden Media Guild Awards, known as the gardening ‘Oscars’.
The GMG Awards are one of the biggest events of the year for those who write, blog, photograph and broadcast about gardening, the nation's favourite pastime. This year has seen an explosion of interest in gardening, with a million new people taking it up as a hobby. Suppliers sold out of compost and seeds during the first lockdown, and many novice gardeners turned to the gardening media for advice on what to plant and how to nurture their gardens.
Humaira Ikram won the Alan Titchmarsh New Talent Award.
Humaira Ikram said: “This is unbelievably exciting and I am humbled to have been chosen amongst the top quality of my colleagues on the shortlist.”
The award was presented for segments on planting combinations for a variety of situations, which was aired on BBC Gardeners Question Time on Radio 4.
This category was extremely diverse in medium, audience, content and production values, and so it was challenging to rate all the different entries against each other. In particular, the judges found it difficult to choose between the in-depth, obviously well-researched written pieces of Dan Symonds, and the three engaging radio features of Humaira Ikram. In the end, Humaira's likeable friendly manner, lightly-worn knowledge and interesting choice of topics, such as toddler-proof plants, won out.
Despite being displaced from its usual venue at the Savoy and moving online, the awards, now in their 29th year, celebrated garden writers, authors, bloggers, broadcasters and photographers from across the UK.
The awards are now in their 29th year and 200 of Britain’s leading garden media professionals tuned in to the virtual awards to celebrate the winners and raise a glass of Babylonstoren wine, which came free with every ticket, to toast a brighter 2021.
Tamsin Westhorpe, co-Chair of the Garden Media Guild, said: “This year has been a rollercoaster for all of us, including garden journalists, but we believe that gardeners can help lead the way to a cleaner, greener and happier country. We have never been more aware of the importance of gardening in helping to keep us healthy and happy.”
More information at www.gardenmediaguild.co.uk/awards.
The Garden Media Guild brings together professional garden writers, authors, photographers, broadcasters, editors, lecturers and allied trades and aims to keep our members up-to-date with events in the world of horticulture through our website and social media, quarterly magazine and monthly e-newsletter.