Alternative gardening awards – the poll is now closed.
On Thursday 3 December, the great and the good, along with some that aren’t so good, of the gardening world will gather in London for The Garden Media Guild (GMG) Awards 2009. Around 500 guests will enjoy a slap up meal at The Brewery in the heart of The City and then keep their fingers crossed that they might pick up one of the coveted gongs that are available in 21 categories, including Magazine of the Year, Practical Book of the Year, Journalist of the Year and TV Broadcast of the Year.
While I’m a paid up member of the GMG and even sit on its committee, I’ve been thinking for some time that the award categories are, well, a little too conventional. So following the lead set by the NME magazine, when it launched its BRAT awards as a more left field alternative to the BRIT awards, I’d now like to take the wraps off my alternative to the GMG Awards – laydeez and gentlemen…please welcome the The OMG!* Awards 2009.
There’s no place for best book, best magazine or best radio show here, but fellow bloggers and blog readers do get the chance to vote in 10 extremely important categories, such as Best Dressed Gardener, Most Snoggable Male and Mouth Almighty of the Year, in an online contest that has pinched all of its ideas from the legendary Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
So, if you think Matthew Appleby should pick up Party Mentalist of the Year for attending more press events than anyone else, that Arabella Sock’s silver tabby kitten should claw the prize for Hot New Talent or that James Alexander-Sinclair should win Best Dressed Male for hat wearing beyond the call of duty, then here’s your chance to vote.
Either post your votes below or download the awards entry sheet by clicking HERE (or click on the pic of the champagne bottle) and email it back to me. I’ll post a full list of winners in a glittering awards ceremony (actually, it’ll be inbetween buffing my shoes and filing my nails as I get ready for the GMG awards) on the morning of the 3 December. Remember, your votes really do count, so enter now!
OMG! Awards 2009 – The categories
Most snoggable male
Most fanciable female
Best dressed gardener
Worst dressed gardener
Hot new talent
Top of the mop award (best haircut)
Funniest person in gardening
Party mentalist of the year
Mouth almighty of the year
*OMG! = Oh my God! in text messaging parlance.