Garden Center magazine recognized with 2016 awards

Garden Center magazine recognized with 2016 awards

Editorial and design teams of the independent garden center B-2-B publication received awards from ASBPE and The Press Club.


Valley View, Ohio –  The editorial and design team of Garden Center magazine, a B-2-B publication serving the independent garden center industry, received accolades from a handful of organizations that recognize publications for their work.

The American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE), the professional association for full-time and freelance editors, writers, art directors, and designers employed in the business, trade, and specialty press, presented Garden Center magazine with three awards for 2016. Designer Stephanie Antal won gold in the Infographics category, both nationwide and also within the Heartland region, which is comprised of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. She won silver for Best Typographic Cover for her work on the November 2015 State of the Industry Report. Editor Michelle Simakis won a regional silver award for “What we do matters,” her profile of Julie Kouhia, CEO of Molbak’s Garden + Home in Woodinville, Wash.

Antal and Simakis also won All Ohio Excellence in Journalism awards from The Press Club of Cleveland, which recognizes both consumer and trade publications across the state.  Antal received second place in the Covers: Trade & Professional Publications for her August 2015 State of the Edibles cover. Simakis won first place in the Features: Trends category for the July 2015 cover story, “Bone dry & beautiful: California garden centers are defying dry ground and showing customers how to create stunning, water-wise gardens.” She also won first in the Features: Personality Profiles category for “What we do matters.”  

“We have invested in Garden Center over the past several years in resources, content and staff,” says Jim Gilbride, Group Publisher. “These awards confirm our efforts are being noticed and well-received in the industry. We are honored to receive this recognition.”

Sister publications Greenhouse Management and Lawn & Landscape magazines also won numerous awards from ASBPE, and Greenhouse Management designer Jamie Winebrenner took home first place in The Press Club's Covers: Trade & Professional Publications category.

About Garden Center magazine:
Garden Center serves the independent retail garden center industry. Its focus is to help accelerate the success of independent retailers by providing relevant content, which has been proven to influence their business decisions. Our team provides compelling breaking news and web content, up-to-date, independent research, trend reports, and insights into the independent garden center industry. Its platforms include a website, e-newsletter, mobile app and a print magazine. To learn more, visit

About GIE Media, Inc.
Garden Center is owned by GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio. GIE Media was founded in 1980 and has grown over 36 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries -- including the horticulture industry through its Horticulture Group (Greenhouse Management, Produce Grower, Nursery Management and Cannabis Business Times, in addition to Garden Center). The company goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals. To learn more, visit