GDJ Editor wins Environmental Award

Editor of the GDJ Stephanie Mahon receives her Wedgewood trophy for the Environmental Award at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2017

Articles in the magazine have been recognised at the gardening Oscars


The Editor of the Garden Design Journal, the magazine of the Society of Garden Designers, has won the coveted Environmental Award at the Garden Media Guild Awards 2017, thought of as the ‘Oscars’ of the gardening world. Stephanie Mahon was recognised for a series of three articles on garden design for health and sustainability. 

The Garden Media Guild Awards celebrate the best of horticultural communications, recognising the talent, skill and inspiration of garden media professionals. Individuals and organisations from across the industry can put forward their best work, which is judged by a panel of their peers and experts in the field. This year saw a record number of entries.The awards is one of the biggest events of the horticultural calendar, and they were hosted at The Savoy in London by Gyles Brandreth on Thursday 23 November. 


Mahon said: “Winning was an incredible surprise. I was delighted to receive the Environmental Award for my features in the Garden Design Journal. Sustainable design and therapeutic gardens are such important topics, and they need to be discussed and debated as much as possible. As the magazine for professional garden designers, it is important that we at the GDJ are raising these issues and hopefully fostering more engagement and awareness about them, and this wonderful award can only help us do this." 


The judges said: "Taking a unique angle, the journalist in this collection of three print and on line pieces draws attention to the unusual combination of design for improved human health and well-being, coupled with sustainable development that contributes to environmental enhancement of existing life situations. Using skilfully incorporated quotations from interviewees the author presents each story from a designed landscape that embraces a cancer care centre, to an innovative food-growing structure for a vertical urban community, to a back garden design for use in impoverished communities that captures the readers’ interest. The novel combination of these designs with an ecological locus not only improves the well-being of the inhabitants of these spaces but contributes to the greening of urban lands, increased plant biodiversity, improved water quality & management while at the same time providing nutritious plant-based foods. Through these well-written and beautifully illustrated articles, the author achieved her stated intent to engage and encourage professional designers to consider a more sustainable and environmental focus to their work."


Read the three winning articles here: Japan’s intriguing indoor garden, Project: Life-saving garden design, Peru, Healing garden lessons from Maggie’s Hong Kong