Northern Gardener Earns Two Awards from Garden Writers Group

Two articles from 2017 issues of Northern Gardener magazine won Silver Awards in the annual media awards sponsored by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, the premier professional group for garden writers, photographers and other communicators.

May/June 2017 Northern Gardener

Diane McGann’s article “Walks to Remember” from the May/June 2017 issue and Mary Lahr Schier’s story “Pick Your Own,” from the November/December 2017 issue were both awarded silver medallions for magazine writing in publications with a circulation of 20,000 or less. In other categories, Schier also received a silver award for her book, The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, 150 Years of Garden Wisdom (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017).

Tracy Walsh, another regular contributor to Northern Gardener, also won a photography award for a calendar she photographed for Bailey Nurseries, Inc.

November/December 2017 Northern Gardener

McGann’s article gave 10 tips for creating better paths through the garden, with advice on design, materials and other considerations. Schier’s article followed floral designer Ardith Beveridge as she created four floral arrangements using just what was blooming in the St. Paul garden of Jackie Cherry Flaherty. Tracy Walsh took the photographs.

GWA will announce gold award winners, chosen from among the silver winners, at its 2018 annual meeting to be held in Chicago, Aug. 13-16.


  1. Jackie Cherry Flaherty on June 23, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    On to the gold!

    • Mary Lahr Schier on June 23, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      Let’s hope!

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