08 February 2017 By Tash Ellens
The SGD Awards 2016, held at the end of January this year, were a grand celebration recognising exceptional individuals within the garden design industry. The Award ceremony was held at the impressive location, The Landmark Hotel, where Alitex were welcomed with a drinks reception in the grand ballroom followed by a delectable dinner with the company of Award finalists and leading media representatives.
Every year Alitex sponsor 'The Lifetime Achievement Award', this year it was suitably present to Christopher Bradley-Hole for his leadership in bringing the direction of garden design into a new era. The award represents his outstanding contributions to the landscape and design profession - and well deserved too!
Another highlight of the evening was the 'Historic Garden Restoration Award' presented for the renovations at the Tudor Walled Kitchen Garden at Fulham Palace. The work was commissioned by London Borough of Fulham Palace and undertaken by the Walled Kitchen Garden Network and Urquhart & Hunt Design Studio.
The restoration involved; historical research carried out by Susan Campbell, organic planting plans advised by Adam Hunt and Tom Petherick, co-ordination between chefs and plants for the kitchen garden considered by Mike Kleyn and a variety of plant and design layouts created by Lulu Urquhart.
The garden is home to an impressive Alitex glasshouse, which replaced the original timber structure that was beyond repair. The glasshouse is a main attraction within the garden due to its bespoke curved form and impressive representation of the original structure. Head Gardener, Lucy Hart is looking for the next project to embark on as the growing continues and the restoration advances.
Today Fulham Palace, although still a work in progress, is a beautiful celebration of an iconic Tudor walled kitchen garden. With free access and open all year, the garden entices many visitors, acknowledging the hard work and restoration team endeavoured, and volunteer groups that help contribute to the garden.