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Arrington wins GardenComm Gold Medal

Garden Smart magazine earns top honors in international competition

The Garden Smart magazine is still available online for Sacramento-area gardeners.

The Garden Smart magazine is still available online for Sacramento-area gardeners. Regional Water Authority

Add another accolade to our gardening resume. Debbie Arrington, co-creator of Sacramento Digs Gardening, received a 2022 Media Awards’ Gold Medal of Achievement for best garden writing in a marketing publication, presented by GardenComm: Garden Communicators International.
Announced at the group’s recent virtual conference, this international award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2022 competition had more than 165 entries in 67 categories. Recipients of the Gold Medal represent the best in their category.

Arrington received the Gold Medal of Achievement for “Garden Smart,” a 16-page magazine she produced for the Regional Water Authority that focused on the beautiful and easy-care side of water-wise gardening. The magazine earlier won a Silver Award from the same organization, making it a finalist for a writing Gold Medal.

Distributed in local nurseries, Garden Smart is still available online. Read it here:https://issuu.com/news_review/docs/garden_rgb?e=2059002/87339442.

The GardenComm Media Awards showcase writers, photographers, editors, videographers, social media managers, publishers, and trade companies that have demonstrated excellence in garden communications in print or electronic communications,” says Maria Zampini, president of GardenComm.

This was Arrington’s second Gold Medal and fifth award overall from GardenComm, previously the Garden Writers Association.

Since the early 1980s, the GardenComm Media Awards program has recognized outstanding writing, photography, graphic design and illustration for books, newspaper stories, magazine articles and other works focused on gardening.

The full list of winners are available on the GardenComm website at https://gardencomm.org/GardenComm-Honors-Awards-Media-Awards-2022-Winners.

 

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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

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