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Clemson’s Bob Polomski receives 2019 GardenComm Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement


Clemson’s Bob Polomski receives 2019 GardenComm Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement

Clemson Cooperative Extension associate and adjunct horticulture professor Bob Polomski has received the 2019 Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement from GardenComm: Garden Communicators International for his webinar, Have you checked your trees lately? A routine check-up of trees saves lives and property.

Bob Polomski on Rhine River.
Bob Polomski

The webinar is part of the series, Understanding Urban and Community Forests: An Extension Webinar Series developed by Southern Regional Extension Forestry Office.This webinar teaches tree owners how to inspect their trees for defects that may contribute to their failure.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Polomski said, “And I am proud to be recognized for doing something I truly believe in. While we know that trees provide significant benefits to our homes and communities, we’re also aware that trees can become liabilities when they fall or break apart, resulting in property damage, personal injuries and power outages. Yes, some tree failures are unpredictable and can’t be prevented, but others can be detected through regular inspections. In cookbook fashion I explain how to look for seven of the most common structural tree defects that may result in tree failures.”

This seven-point checklist may take less than 30 minutes to complete. However, if tree owners inspect their trees at least twice a year, this hour-long investment of time benefits the trees and everyone who lives with them.”

The GardenComm Media Awards Silver Medal of Achievement recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2019 competition had more than 160 entries in 62 categories. Recipients of the silver medal represent the top winners in each competition category and will now compete for best of group in the areas of writing, photography, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade.

The GardenComm Media Awards program has recognized outstanding writing, photography, graphic design and illustration for books, newspaper stories, magazine articles and other works focused on gardening since the early 1980s. 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.

To view all the 2019 GardenComm Media Award recipients, visit For more information about this award, contact Crystal Goodremote 212.297.2198 or



About GardenComm

GardenComm, formerly GWA: the Association for Garden Communicators, is an organization of professional communicators in the green industry including book authors, bloggers, staff editors, syndicated columnists, free-lance writers, photographers, speakers, landscape designers, television and radio personalities, consultants, publishers, extension service agents and more. No other organization in the industry has as much contact with the buying public as GardenComm members. Learn more at

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