Society of Garden Designers Awards

Monday 2nd February, 2015

I had a wonderful time at the SGD Awards last week, thank you again to the wonderful stone supplier Stockscape for inviting me. We even managed to repeat last year’s highlight of having a selfie taken with Andy Sturgeon so I was happy. No shame!

I read a great article by Darryl Moore in the Garden Design Journal on the train home the next day about how more garden designers are moving from private commissions to major public projects, such as Andy Sturgeon’s designs for Earls Court and Tom Stuart-Smith’s riverside development in Hurlingham. This crossover feels exciting and energetic.

The article also highlights collaborations between garden designers, plantspeople and landscape architects. Sarah Price, Nigel Dunnett and James Hitchmough creating the incredible gardens at the Olympic Park,  and the landscape architects Gross Max working with Piet Oudolf to create Potters Fields Park, a park I adore.

As an ex-theatre designer, one collaboration that I love (sadly only in pictures but I hope to get there one day) is between landscape architects Gustafson Partners (now Gustafson Porter), plantsman Piet Oudolf, and theatre designer Robert Israel, to create the Lurie Gardens in Chicago’s Millennium Garden. All incredible designers and what a combination. I’m also looking forward to seeing more about the collaboration between LDA Design landscape architects and Andy Sturgeon at Battersea Power Station.

I love having a wide range of areas to design within, public and private, commercial and domestic. All feed into each other which keeps both sides fresh, despite how different briefs and clients can be. And congratulations to all the winners at the Award Ceremony!

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