Lindera obtusiloba star of Garden Media Guild awards

Horticulturists Roy Lancaster and Gordon Rae lauded the spice bush at the Garden Media Guild awards at the Savoy in London yesterday.

Jim McColl
Jim McColl

Beechgrove Garden presenter Jim McColl, 81, was presented with the lifetime achievement award after a record 38 years and 1,000+ episodes on the TV series.

He said "everyday is a school day" in his job. Glendoick's Ken Cox presented the award.

Presenter Carol Klein, 71, said gardening had been presented as the "new rock n roll" but "we don't have to be the new anything".

The Gardener's World presenter said she would like to see gardening on TV aimed at the demographic where it is growing - "the older generation" and joked that she would like to to present a series called "Gardening with a Zimmer frame".

Lancaster, presenting an award, said he would like to break tradition and mention a plant among the garden media world's lauding of itself - the lindera. Later, former RHS director Rae, presenting another award, said Lawrence Banks VMH had recommended the same plant to him.

One of the Guild's founders, Peter Seabrook, said: "Never in my lifetime hs practical advice been more necessary." He gave the example of a teaching assistant at a school he visited not knowing what a hoe, obtained through Morrisons vouchers, was for.

Winners of the 2016 awards included:

Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year: Ian Hodgson's New Wild Garden.

Reference Book: Joan Morgan's Book of Pears

Garden magazine of the year and TV broadcast of the year: Gardener's World

Environmental award: Seeds Safeguarding our Future, Carolyn Fry

Columnist of the year: Sarah Price

News story of the year: Val Bourne

Trade journalist of the year: Darryl Moore

Practical journalist of the year: Terry Walton

Garden writer of the year: Anna Pavord

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