Alternative gardening awards 2020

With the annual face-to-face horticulture 'oscars' season cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, here is a list of alternative awards.

Hero: Peter Seabrook's plea to Boris Johnson to allow people to keep gardening during lockdown for their mental and physical wellbeing after his wife Margaret died of coronavirus had an immeasurable impact on the Government's decision to reopen garden centres in May.

Issue: Peat-free October from TV gardener Monty Don.  

Book: Roderick Floud's An Economic History of the English Garden, Cleve West's Garden of Vegan.

Academic: David Bek (Coventry University), Dr Tilly Collins (Imperial College London)

Campaigner: Zehra Zaidi: BLM

Young campaigner: BAME gardening - Tayshan Hayden-Smith of Grow2Know.

Politician: Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith was the most vocal Parliamentarian campaigning for horticulture in the Horticulture Week review of politicians' interventions during the coronavrius lockdown. See 60 industry campaigners listed here.

Garden show of the year: Belvoir.

TV show: ITV's Grow Your Own with Alan Titchmarsh.

Radio show: BBC Radio 4's You and Yours.

Podcast: Garden Organic, Roots and All, Peter Seabrook, Horticulture Week.

Garden: RHS Hyde Hall, one of the few to increase visitor figures, with 30,000 a month since reopening at the end of May.

Plants: Echinacea 'Pretty Parasols' from FairweathersSalvia ‘Caradonna Pink Inspiration’ (Fairweather’s Nursery), Verbena ‘Margaret’s Memory’ (Kernock Park Plants), Osteospermum ‘Serenity Sunshine Beauty’ (Ball Colegrave): Top four at Four Oaks 2020.

HortWeek 2020 top 50s:

Top 50 Garden designers

Top 50 Gardening authors

Top 50 Gardening TV presenters

Top 100 Garden centre buyers

Top 100 Ornamental nurseries

Top 150 Garden centres

Top 70 Landscapers

Top 30 Arborist businesses


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