Notes on semi-crashing the AHS Awards gala honoring book authors and "Great American Gardeners":
Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants won a book award and I got to accept it for her, which was great fun and led to all sorts of people congratulating me later on my award. I may have stopped correcting them after a while.
Dan Hinkley's Explorer's Garden was also a winner. Here he is looking totally cool and, before he removed his aviators, totally unrecognizable. I asked him if he has any rants to get off his chest and apparently he has plenty. So coming soon, a Dan Hinkley guest post right here.
The Urban Beautification Award went to the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston for their Roslindale Green and Clean program, which creates "green and attractive oases within the town's urban environment". With the spotlight so clearly on food-growing these days, it's nice that somebody's still recognizing plants for their beauty, especially in cities.
Hort professor Steven Still won the "most prestigious award" for his work with perennials but I embarrassed myself by asking him all about his blogging experiences, of which he has none because it's Steve Silk who's the blogger at Gardening Gone Wild. Dr. Still had no idea what I was talking about but was steadfastly cheerful about it all. Hey, at least I didn't confuse him with Stephen Stills.
Congratulations to all the winners (but especially to Amy).