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Laidback Gardener Blog Wins International Award… Indirectly!

I’ve just received word that the French-language version of this blog,, (yes, you may not know this, but I write this blog in both English and French) has been named one of the five best garden blogs of 2019 by the French online magazine So it wins a “Jardins Merveilleux” award.

Was I surprised? You bet! Especially since I write the French version for the French-Canadian market (I live in Québec), not for the “vieux pays” (France). So, maybe I could have expected a local award at some point, but an international one? That was a pleasant surprise! 

True enough, though, over a third of the French-language blog’s readers are from France and Belgium, much like the English version you’re reading has an amazingly large percentage of readers in the United Kingdom and in Australia even though the blog is essentially written with North American gardeners in mind. Which all goes to prove that gardening is, deep down inside, universal. 

In either its French or English versions, as far as I know, Laidback Gardener this is the only daily gardening blog in the world. Certainly, no other garden fanatic is writing two blogs a day. You’d have to be crazy to do that … or very, very passionate about gardening! And I am: you can decide which!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

12 comments on “Laidback Gardener Blog Wins International Award… Indirectly!

  1. John Wilson

    Congratulations, Larry! Well deserved!

  2. Congratulations, and I applaud you and your tenacity to be able to blog daily. Your readers are better gardeners because of it, and for that we send a sincere thank you. 🙂

  3. Christine Lemieux

    Congratulations! Job well-done!

  4. Willa Wick

    Congratulations Larry, a well-deserved award. Amazing how you can keep up the pace of two blogs a day. Quite a feat (and a Canadian too – fantastic)

  5. My congratulations for an award well deserved!

  6. Well done, Larry. Richly deserved.

  7. solsdottir

    Congratulations! Always nice to be recognized.

  8. Congratulations!

  9. Congratulations!
    I find that my articles are also popular in Australia, as well as New Zealand and South Africa. Relative to the populations there, the articles may be as popular in those places as they are here. I will not question it though, since I read articles from those places as well.

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