The official awards, handed out on the last night of the Garden Writers Symposium in Portland, proved quite the crowd-pleasers and honored lots of good work over the past year in both writing and photography. But how about outstanding performances AT the conference itself? Time for the (Unofficial) GWA Meet-up Awards:
- Best Swag. Lots of good stuff in this category, including a Tete-a-Tete t-shirt, lots of CDs of, we can only assume, terrific photographs of plants, and the colorful boas that got us all vamping and swigging and ready to party. But what got the most buzz and childlike excitement were the Fiskars tools with our names individually engraved. See, they’re super-useful, worth a few bucks, and personalized. Great appeal to the gardener AND the ego in us all.
- Weirdest Swag. We expect brochures and photo CDs, but custom-printed microwave popcorn bags and Frisbees? No lie.
- Most Lovable Vendors. You don’t even have to be an old family friend of the Heaths (Nags Head, NC,
circa 1965) to be a fan of Brent & Becky’ and their bulbs. But the inspiration for this award was seeing them strolling around a rose garden in Portland all by themselves for a few precious moments – hand in hand. All together now – awwwww.
YOUR NOMINEES AND CATEGORIES?
Please chime in with your own nominees in these categories or even better, more categories and winners. Tell us in a comment or via a link to your own blog post about the Unofficial GWA Awards. How about Most Fun (or Outrageous) Attendee? Plenty of competition there.