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Julie and Andrew at the Savoy in London

Earlier this year I joined the Garden Media Guild, an association that brings together professional garden writers, designers, authors, photographers, editors, and lecturers in allied trades.

In December, the Guild held its annual Award Ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London, for the first time in three years, so everyone was extremely excited to be back together celebrating ‘all things gardening.’

The experience was amazing. The Savoy Hotel was simply breath taking. We arrived at 12 noon for a champagne reception before being directed to our table in The Roy Lancaster Ballroom for our meal at 1pm, which, for the staff, proved a bit like herding cats!

Garden Media Guild Awards dinner

Andrew my husband and me had the pleasure of sharing our table with Stephanie Mahon, Editor, Sorrel Everton Deputy Editor and Daisy Bowie-Sell Digital Editor of the glossy garden magazine, Gardens Illustrated, the iconic Rosemary Alexander, Principal of The English Garden School in London, and author of the books I used during my own training and the marvelous Anne-Marie Powell the multi-award-winning Chelsea garden designer.

I have to say, I felt a little over-whelmed being in such esteemed company, but everyone was very friendly, and I soon felt at ease.

Lunch for 350 guests was served in a seamlessly military operation. Our starter of Scottish Smoked Salmon was followed by Adlington Farm Chicken Supreme, confit chicken leg, parsnip puree, heirloom carrots and pickled blackberries, and to finish a dessert called Granny Smith, an apple Yuzu confit, hazelnut praline, vanilla Brulé, and vanilla ice cream, it all tasted delicious, and the wine flowed freely! I bet after reading that mouth-watering menu it has left you all feeling hungry.

Julie at the Garden Media Guild annual award ceremony

The Award Ceremony commenced at 2.30 p.m., our presenter for the afternoon was Simon Lycett the talented Florist whose clients include His Majesty the King and Elton John.

Familiar faces including Carol Klein, Alan Titchmarsh, and Arit Anderson introduced the various award categories and the nominees. Sponsors of the award categories included Westland Horticulture, The Beth Chatto Educational Trust, The Horticultural Trade Association and Thompson and Morgan to name but a few.

This year The Garden Media Guild supported three gardening charities Perennial, Thrive and Greenfingers with the marvelous work they do.

The event concluded at 4.30pm and we all made our way home, if not a little wobbly, and I cannot wait for next year.

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