Ellen Mary has been confirmed as the host of Grow Your Own Magazine’s 2019 Great British Growing Awards at Glee on Tuesday (1.30pm in the Retail Growth Theatre, hall 20).
The awards recognise all that is great within the gardening industry, from tool companies to seed suppliers, garden writers to fruit nurseries and everything in between, as well as garden volunteers and community growing spaces.
A self-confessed gardening addict, Ellen Mary has built a rich and varied career around her passion. She hosts a horticultural radio show on Future Radio, presents the Plant Based Podcast and travels the globe to present talks on gardening, growing your own food and our intrinsic links to nature for wellbeing. She has also produced and presented on Mustard TV, appeared on on BBC Countryfile Diaries, BBC News, featured in The Times and filmed with the Royal Horticultural Society.
Ellen said she was honoured to be listed in the top five women influencers in horticulture by Grow Your Own Magazine andwas “really excited” to be hosting the awards. “It’s a great celebration and recognition for companies, products and personalities in the industry from gardens to visit, events and gardening tools. I am looking forward to seeing everyone on the day, for a fun award ceremony with our horticultural heroes.”
The judging panel includes Katie Lane (Lavender & Leeks), Rob Smith, Charles Dowding, Will Livingstone and the GYO team. Grow Your Own readers have also been able to vote for their favourites.
This year the awards will be celebrating 16 categories, including Most Trusted Celebrity Gardener, Best Allotment Planning Product, Best Plug Plant range, Best Fruit and Veg Seed range, Best Pest Control Product and Best One-Stop Gardening Shop.