2015 Hall Of Fame Nominations Now Open!

Proven_Winners_200pixIt’s time to begin the exciting process of electing new members to the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame! We are also excited to announce that this year’s Garden Bloggers Hall of Fame awards will be sponsored by Proven Winners.

Garden Bloggers…it’s your time to be recognized on the global new media stage! We will be announcing that nominations for the Garden Bloggers Hall of Fame will be open shortly. . The role of the Hall of Fame is to recognize excellence in blogging and new media in the field of garden and landscape design. Each year, a new set of outstanding design blogs will become eligible through an open, online nomination process leading up to the ultimate recognition as Hall of Fame inductee.

The winners, and runner ups, will be determined through a combination of ratings by a panel of judges and a public vote. The awards will be presented live, and the inductees recognized during the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta on February 26, 2015.

Nominate a Blog Now!

Here is how the Garden Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards process works:

  • The awards are open to any English-language garden or landscape design blog.
  • The nomination period will start on December 11, 2014, and continue through the end of the day (Eastern Standard Time) on January 9, 2015. Nominations are open to the public and will be made via the Garden Bloggers Conference website (see below to nominate a blog). A nomination can be made by simply adding a comment to the page for the designated category nominating the blog for consideration. Each blog nominated for a category will be included in the selection process; additional nominations for a blog in the same category will have no effect, so once a blog is nominated for a category there is no reason to nominate it again.
  • A panel of expert judges will evaluate all the nominated blogs for each category during the period January 9 – January 16, 2015 and will select the top five blogs in each category.
  • The public will be given the opportunity to vote for the finalists of each category from January 19 – February 6, 2015.
  • Each category winner will be chosen based on 50% of the input coming from the judges and 50% coming from the public vote.
  • The awards will be presented live at the Garden Bloggers Conference at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta on February 26, 2015.

We look forward to your participation!

Congratulations to our 2013 Garden Bloggers Conference
HALL OF FAME Award Winners!

Best Overall Blog: Margaret Roach, A Way to Garden
Best Writing: Garden Rant
Best Design and Photography: David Corscadden, Beyond the Wild Garden
Best New Blog: Paul Dysinger, Born To Grow

Margaret Roach’s Gardens and The Garden Conservancy

I heard Margaret Roach talk about her passion for gardening last year and one of her comments has had lasting impact: Create your garden where you can see it from your window or any vantage point where you can enjoy it! What a simple idea!

When I found out that Margaret’s garden would be available to visit during the Open Days of The Garden Conservancy I could not miss the opportunity to be see her personal points of view from her own garden and meet Margaret once again and bestow the well deserved Garden Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame award for winning in the category of “Best Overall Blog” for A Way to Garden.  She joins our other blog winners from Garden Rant, Beyond the Wild Garden, and Born To Grow.

Margaret Roach is among our first Hall of Fame Award Winners for the Garden Bloggers Conference.

I was so happy to be able to present the award in person and later the award found a spot near her one of her three books And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road published in 2011 about her decision to leave the city fast-lane life working as Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Living and move to her rural garden fulltime.

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The Gardens of Margaret Roach in Copake, NY Open for The Garden Conservancy

I can see why Margaret Roach fell in love with this area – the views off the Taconic Parkway are brimming with green lushness and shadows of the mountains frame the skyline. Margaret is chatting with one of her guests browsing the array of the plants on display from Broken Arrow Nursery.

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Variegated foliage and texture maintain a strong influence in Margaret’s gardens and define the many paths around her home.

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One can’t help but be awestruck by these gigantic leaves – Margaret told us it was related to the Astilbe plant family but I can’t remember the name. In fact, there are so many unusual plants which occupy this 2.3 acre garden which I could not identify.

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Margaret enjoys views of her garden pool and in the distance two modern Adirondack chairs punctuate the hillside.

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Alfresco dining near her thriving vegetable garden.

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You can tour Margaret’s garden again in August and September during the Garden Conservancy Open Days, attend guest lectures and browse for new plants to purchase. Have fun!