2013-14 HMAA Laurel Award Winners

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Gwen and Rodger Elliot, distinguished horticulturists, authors and media personalities, took out the top gong – the HMAA Gold Laurel and Hall of Fame Award – at the prestigious 2013-14 HMAA Laurel Awards Dinner held on Tuesday, March 25.

Chloe Thomson received the Anita Boucher Young Achiever Award in recognition of her contribution to communicating the joy and benefits of gardening to the public.

The HMAA Laurel Awards recognise excellence for the top communicators in horticulture. About 160 horticultural media personalities from throughout Australia attended the seventh Laurels gala event, held at the Plaza Ballroom in Collins St, Melbourne.

As well as the Gold and Young Achiever awards, 17 other Laurels were presented across media categories including journalism, books, images, social media, video, radio and TV.

Judges commended the high quality and diversity of entries – a record 160 this year. They also commented on the number of entries for the newly introduced social media categories, a reflection of the way HMAA members are increasingly undertaking their work.

The full list of winners is below.

Gold Laurel – Hall of Fame Award

Deserving recipients of the Gold Laurel, Gwen and Rodger Elliot share a passion for Australian plants. Between them, they have authored more than 40 highly acclaimed books, written articles for magazines, periodicals and professional journals, and are experienced radio broadcasters.

Founding members of HMA Victoria, the couple has over the years given generously of their time and knowledge. In June 2001, Gwen and Rodger were appointed Members of the Order of Australia (AM) for their contribution to the horticulture of Australian plants and are recipients of numerous other accolades for their contributions to the horticultural industry. Rodger is also a recipient of the Veitch Memorial Medal from the RHS (UK).

Gwen & Rodger were overseas at the time of the Laurel Awards Dinner and will be presented with their trophy at an upcoming HMA Victoria functionYoung Achiever

This award, presented to Chloe Thomson, recognises the outstanding achievement of a young person dedicated to communicating the benefit and joys of gardening to the public.

Chloe is the creator of the edible gardening blog www.beantheredugthat.com.au and Facebook page with its large following; a presenter on The Garden Gurus TV show and contributor to a range of gardening magazines.  Her goal is to show, particularly to younger generations, that sustainable gardening and growing at least some of what you eat is possible.

Other Winners:

Paper Laurel – Journalism

Winner: Phil Dudman – ‘Making the Citrus Cut’ (Organic Gardener)

Other nominees:
Denis Crawford – There will be Dragons
Kim Woods Rabbidge – Series of 3 Articles

Paper Publication

Winner: ABC Magazines – ‘Organic Gardener’ Sept/Oct 2013

Other nominees:
Debbie McDonald – The Gardens
ABC Magazines – Organic Gardener Mar/Apr 2013

Book Technical

Winner: Alistair Hay, Monika Gottschalk, Adolfo Holguin – ‘Huanduj: Brugmansia’
(published by Florilegium – Gil Teague)

Other nominees:
John Mason – Commercial Horticulture
Enid Mayfield – Flora of the Otway Plain & Ranges 2

Book Environmental

Winner: Josh Byrne – ‘Small Space Organics’

Other nominee:
Penny Woodward – Pest Repellent Plants

Book General

Winner: Jennifer Stackhouse – ‘Garden’

Other nominees:
Myles Baldwin – Australian Coastal Gardens
Millie Ross – The Thrifty Gardener

Image Laurel

Winner: Michele Adler – ‘Avenue of Baobabs’, Morondava, Madagascar

Other nominees:
Denis Crawford – Green Peach Aphids
Denis Crawford – Predatory Shield Bugs

Social Media – Category 1 (Business of three people and under)

Winner: Catherine Stewart – GardenDrum


Other nominees:
Matthew Carroll – Hortiman Facebook

Adam Woodhams  – Adam Woodhams Facebook

Social Media – Category 2 (Business of more than three people)

Winner: Matthew Carroll – Plant Life Balance


Other nominees:
Claire Bickle – Claire Bickle Gardening Pages

Jacqueline Forster – ABC Organic Gardener Facebook

Website – Category 1 (Business three people and under)

Winner: Catherine Stewart – GardenDrum


Other nominees:
Toni Salter – The Veggie Lady

Chloe Thomson – Bean There Dug That

Website – Category 2 (Business of more than three people)

Winner: ABC Magazines – ABC Organic Gardener


Other nominees:
Toni Salter – The Veggie Lady

Chloe Thomson – Bean There Dug That

Video other than TV – Category 1 (Business three people and under)

Winner: Kim Woods Rabbidge – ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Dec 2012


Other nominees:
Phil Dudman – How to Grow Watermelons

Leonie Shanahan – Edible School Gardening

Video other than TV – Category 2 (Business of more than three people)

Winner: Josh Byrne – ‘Perth Cultural Centre – Urban Orchard’


Other nominees:
Josh Byrne – The Landscape Special

Gardening Australia – Growing Our Future

Radio – Community & Regional

Winner: Phil Dudman & Julie Ray – ‘Harvest’


Other nominees:
Carolyn Blackman – ABC 774 Carolyn Blackman Gardening

Marianne Cannon – Real World Gardener

Radio Commercial & Metropolitan

Winner: Jane Edmanson – ‘Jane and Darren’s Big Backyard’ 3AW

Big Backyard 3AW

Other nominees:
Michael Keelan – Stephen Ryan Interview

Nick Bell – Square Foot Gardening

TV Technical

Winner: Angus Stewart – The Next Frontier (ABC1 Gardening Australia)

Other nominees:
Sophie Thomson – A Simple Solution (ABC1 Gardening Australia)

Michael Keelan – July Garden Diary

Television – Environmental

Winner: Josh Byrne – Future Proof Plants

Other nominees:
Jerry Coleby-Williams – Changing World

Michael Keelan – Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens

Television – General

Winner: Milton Vadoulis – ‘Planting Cactus’

Other nominees:
Michael Keelan – Mushroom Compost

Jane Edmanson – A Pathway for the Future

HMAA congratulates all winners. We also thank all the Laurels sponsors who helped make the Awards and Gala Dinner possible.

For more information, please contact victoria@hmaaustralia.com.au

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