The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion Wins Silver Medal
I am beyond thrilled to announce that my book, The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing and Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet, has been awarded the Silver Medal from the Garden Writers Association’s 2017 Media Awards!
What’s a Silver Medal?
My book was submitted by my publisher, St. Lynn’s Press, for consideration in the Book (General Readership) class under the Publishing category. It was judged on writing, photography, and layout, and for that, I really need need to thank my art director, Holly Rosborough. While I can write and photograph, my skills do not extend to book layout, and Holly does such a superb job with this!
So because the book won a Silver Medal, it’s now entered for consideration for the Gold Medal in its category. We’ll know the results at our annual GWA conference this August in Buffalo, NY — but Gold medals aren’t always awarded. There are standards for each level of award, and while a book could shine in the Silver medal level, it may not qualify to win a Gold. So if no book qualifies for a Gold, no Gold is handed out. I find this reassuring because I know that GWA’s awards have integrity and merit.
I’m not going to lie — getting an award is incredibly honoring and gratifying. But the reason I wrote The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion is that I want everyone to know that they have a healing resource right outside their own back door. Whether you have cancer, high stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, the garden is there for you to help balance you body, mind, and spirit.
From flower colors to leaf sizes, places to grow food and places to practice yoga, the garden offers infinite ways to connect with yourself and the world around you.
It’s also a place enjoy with the ones you love, creating memories that bring joy and healing. I regularly have friends and family over for cookouts, garden parties, yoga sessions, and happy hours. It makes me feel so good to have the people I love share this space with me.
Your garden doesn’t need to be magazine-worthy for it to give you joy, peace, and grounding. It only needs to reflect who you are and what you value to be meaningful to you.
If you have a copy of The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion — thank you! — I hope it helps you to enjoy your garden and the natural world, whatever life throws at you. If you know someone who might benefit from my book, I invite you to share it with them. Many of my readers have reported that they shared an extra copy of the book with their local treatment center, library, or surgeon’s office. If you are giving a copy as a gift or a donation, please let me know and I will send a signed bookplate for you to include in it.
Thanks again to everyone of you who have supported this book — the more we get it out there, the more people who are struggling for a word of hope can learn how to use their gardens for healing and joy!
For a full list of GWA award winners, including blogs, podcasts, magazines, radio programs and more, check this link here.