Writing a book is a labour of love – and so is planting a fruit tree. There is an element of hope in both situations. When you plant a young fruit tree whip, you hope that within a few years it will be big and strong – and that it will produce abundant harvests for years to come. With a book there you hope that the years of research and writing will result in a book that makes a difference.

I wanted Growing Urban Orchards: The Ups, Downs and How-Tos of Fruit Tree Care in the City to be an  easy and entertaining read. At the same time, I wanted the book to offer people an express route to growing fruit trees organically with ease. The feedback has been great. Then yesterday I received a wonderful email:

“Congratulations!  Your entry has received a Silver Award of Achievement for the 2014 Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program. Yours was among 260 entries judged by a panel of distinguished members of the gardening, communications, and academic communities.”

I am so honoured to receive this prestigious award! Previous winners include my good friend Steve Biggs with his popular book Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t, Jeff Lowenfels’ Teaming with Microbes (Revised Edition), and David Deardroff and Kathryn Wadsworth’s What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?).

Just when I though life couldn’t get any better I got another email from the GWA. I opened it up and almost fell off my chair. I had also entered www.orchardpeople.com’s e-Learning workshops to a different category (Electronic Media: Special Projects) and it too won a Silver Award of Achievement!

This award means my book and online workshops are eligible to win the 2014 Gold Awards for Best Talent and Best Product. Whatever happens, I am so very happy with my Silver Awards. Thank you GWA!