14 October 2013 By Billy Hawkins
Its been a record year of entries for the society of garden designers annual award ceremony – in what has been described as the “Horticultural Oscars”. The short list was drawn up in July of this year and until 31st October you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite in the “People’s Choice Award”.
Lots of familiar names crop up in the short list (in Andy Sturgeon’s case) more than once, but the range of creativity continues to showcase the best of the horticultural design world.
Alitex sponsor again this year, The John Brookes Lifetime Achievement Award which is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, and is decided by the SGD Council.
Juliet Sargeant MSGD, SGD Chair, says:
“The mission of the society of garden designers is to support designers in their pursuit of excellence and so it is very apt that at the SGD Awards we should have a special John Brookes Award.
John continues to be an inspiration to generations of garden designers and garden owners. His passion for improving garden design is demonstrated by his generosity in sharing his knowledge and wealth of experience with students and designers who are keen to hone their skills.
John has helped us to recognise the place of gardens as an integral part of modern living and he has been instrumental in making good design accessible to every garden owner.”
“Charles Jencks is the first recipient of the John Brookes Award. His work stretches designers to think deeply about their art; what it means; what it can achieve and what it can mean to the people who experience it. Charles’ writing and work emphasises the importance of gardens and landscape to all our lives. Increasingly, research is confirming that access to landscape and good design not only has measurable positive effects on our physical, mental and social well-being, but it also improves physical and psychological healing. His work in combining the skills of health professionals, architects, artists and garden designers to create the Maggie Centres is a lesson to us all in what can be achieved through creative collaboration.”
The SGD Student Award
The shortlist for the SGD student award has been made - after much deliberation the panel selected Matt Cairns (Greenwich University), Nick Morton (London College of Garden Design) and 2012 student award winner Jon Sims (London College of Garden Design) for the shortlist. The winning student will be announced alongside the winners in all the SGD Award categories at the awards ceremony on Friday 24 January 2014.
Tickets for the ceremony have just gone on sale. ‘Early bird’ discounted tickets start from £99.
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