13 January 2014 By Billy Hawkins
Only eleven days to go until the annual (sold out) Society of Garden Designer Awards, to be held on the 24th January at The Millennium Gloucester hotel, London. James Alexander-Sinclair will host and is certain to make the evening an enjoyable one – he delivered our annual lecture last Autumn and brought the house down!
With eighteen categories of award, there should be acknowledgements and celebrations right across the industry, reflecting the range of achievements and diversity within the horticultural world.
New for 2013 and (in my opinion) great additions – "Big design, small budget", and also an award which acknowledges designed community space. This award has been open to non-members of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) ie, the wider public, who have been able to submit entries which have been designed and subsequently used by a local community. I love that this award can be enjoyed and shared by everyone and may even encourage more participation in keeping central areas which might otherwise be grey and ugly into beautiful green “lungs”. Nominations include Wenceling Garden, Gibbons Rent, Salisbury Quaker Meeting House Courtyard garden and Montpellier Community Nursery Garden.
The garden designers who have made it onto the short list this year include:
FSGD members include: John Wyer, Andy Sturgeon, Sally Court and Andrew Wilson.
MSGD members include: Amanda Patton, Thomas Hoblyn (who accompanied our first ASLA showcase in November 2013), Charlotte Rowe , James Basson, Rose Lennard, Sara Jane Rothwell, Christine Whatley and Mark Fenton.
Preregistered members include: Jo Thompson, Deborah Nagan, Jon Sims, Lucy Willcox and Nicola Greaves.
For images of their entries click here.
The very hard job the judges will have is already evident; the various awards culminate in a Grand award on the night – the winner of winners! The People’s Choice award has been voted for via Homes and Gardens and has been open to the general public (closed for voting now.) The John Brookes Lifetime achievement award, sponsored by Alitex, recognises an individual within the horticultural world.
The SGD student designer of the year has been narrowed down to three rising stars – Matt Cairns whose work on an existing public space in Tunbridge Wells competes with Nick Morton’s work on a private project on a farmhouse in the Cotswolds. Last years winner Jon Sims is once again a nominee for a sunken garden project at a contempory house.
For more information on the Society of Garden Designers please click here.
Good Luck to all nominees - do come and say hello to the Alitex team on the night.