Friday, January 1, 2016

What is a gardenangelist?

gardenangelist (gär dn ān′jəl ist) n 1. A person who loves gardening and tries to convince others to love it, too.
 2. A spokesperson for the love of gardening.
 3. Someone who donates lavishly to a garden, a benefactor.
 4. An evangelist for gardening.

 v gardenangelize 1. To speak about one's love of gardening.
2. To attempt to convince others to garden. -zed, -zing

  n gardenangelism
1. The spreading of the love of gardening through speaking and one on one conversations.

 The other night, I googled "gardenangelist" and Google knew nothing about such a word. So I tried Bing. I got millions of hits for "garden angels", but nothing for gardenangelist. Ditto other search engines.

 I believe it is a perfectly good word, so I've defined it and hope the search engine gods find it someday, buried here on my blog.

 I am a gardenangelist, based on the first definition.

 When I speak to a group about gardening, I become the second and fourth noun definitions and do the verb definitions.

Maybe someday I'll become the third noun definition? I think I need new business cards.

 Carol M. Gardenangelist
An evangelist for gardening

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

GWA Gold Award News Release

Carol Michel Receives 2015 Gold Award for Best Talent or Product 09/21/2015 

 Carol Michel recently received the Garden Writers Association Gold Award for Best Talent for Electronic Writing.

This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. Michel received the Gold Award for Best Talent for her writing on the web, primarily on her garden blog, May Dreams Gardens.

 Earlier this year, Michel also received Silver Awards for blog writing and an e-newsletter article.

 “The Garden Writers Association Media Awards showcase the writers, photographers, editors, publishers and trade companies that have pursued excellence in gardening communication in print or electronic communications,” says Larry Hodgson, president of GWA. “The Media Award winners have been judged by industry experts and show significant distinction and merits that exemplify exceptional work.”

 Since the early 1980s, the GWA Media Awards program has recognized outstanding writing, photography, graphic design and illustration for books, newspaper stories, magazine articles and other works focused on gardening. In recent years, the awards program has expanded to include on-air talent, production and direction for radio, television, video, Internet and other electronic media.

 GWA is an international organization of more than 1,400 professional communicators in the lawn and garden industry. “GWA members are the essential bridge between the lawn and garden industry and the gardening public,” says the group’s Executive Director Robert LaGasse. “No other group has as much direct contact with the gardening consumer as GWA.”

According to the National Gardening Association, the lawn and garden industry is estimated to generate more than $60 billion in retail sales annually. To view all the 2015 GWA Media Award recipients, visit the GWA Website. For more information about this award, contact Shelli Crockett at 806.832.1870.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Welcome to my personal webpage.

If you are here to interact with me as an Information Services professional, please visit my LinkedIn profile and connect with me there.

This website is about my gardening life, about writing and speaking about gardening.

Would you like to know some of my thoughts on gardening? Visit my blog, May Dreams Gardens. With posts going back to 2006, there is surely something there for any gardener, and even some posts for non-gardeners.

If you are interested in having me speak to your group about gardening, please visit Great Garden Speakers to see my profile. If one of the topics listed there isn't quite what you are looking for, let me know and we'll come up with a brand-new topic.  **Note - Available dates for 2015 are filling up!**

I am currently writing articles for Indiana Gardening and have previously written articles for Horticulture magazine and a local weekly newspaper, The Southside Times.  Visit my Writing on the Web page to see samples of online articles and columns I've recently written.

If you are interested in having me write about gardening for your publication, email me and let's discuss.

Happy Gardening!