Sod Solutions Receives 2023 GardenComm Media Awards Silver and Gold Laurel Medals of Achievement

Sod Solutions recently received the 2023 Media Awards Silver and Gold Laurel Medal of Achievement for Digital Media: Video, presented by GardenComm: Garden Communicators International.

This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2023 competition had 121 entries in 39 categories. Recipients of the awards represent the best in their category.

Sod Solutions received the Silver and Gold Laurel Medals of Achievement for an educational video entitled “How to Lay Sod” from its lawn and garden blog for homeowners, Sod University. Sod University aims to empower consumers by educating them on lawn and garden care techniques in ways that each person can contribute to the planet’s health.


“The GardenComm Media Awards showcase writers, photographers, editors, videographers, social media managers, publishers and trade companies that have demonstrated excellence in garden communications in print or electronic communications,” says Maria Zampini, president of GardenComm.

Since the early 1980s, 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. The full list of winners is available on the GardenComm website here.

GardenComm, Garden Communicators International, is an organization of professional communicators in the green and garden 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

Valerie Smith, Content Strategist, wrote and directed the award-winning video. She has been with Sod Solutions for five years and an active member of GardenComm for three. Additionally, Smith serves on the GardenComm marketing committee and co-hosts a GardenComm Power Circle on educational topics surrounding content strategy. She presented on video SEO strategy in Minneapolis, MN, at GardenComm’s Annual Conference in August of 2023.

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