Last night, Northern Gardener won the gold award for overall excellence (for special interest magazines under 60,000 circulation) at the Minnesota Magazine Publishing Association awards banquet. It was a big thrill to pick up the award, because this one is for the entire package: the writing, the photography, the layout and design, how ads are designed and displayed, everything. Putting together a publication is really a team sport, and Northern Gardener has a fantastic team now, including our publisher Tom McKusick, the MSHS editorial coordinator Brenda Harvieux, designer Barb Pederson, copy editor Julie Jensen, and a magnificent group of writers and photographers that we work with each issue. We’re all backed up by the staff, board, and members of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. Thanks and congratulations to you all!