SGD Autumn Convention 2014

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URBAN – non-public and public gardens within the metropolis


Saturday eighth November 2014 – Imperial School – London

Registration eight.45am – 9.45am

First Theatre Session 9.50am

End 5.30pm (estimated)


City means residing within the metropolis, and folks have been making gardens in cities for millennia.  City gardens provide the sanctuary of emotional and visible escape from the constructed setting and the pressures of inhabitants density.
City additionally means the surprising – making public gardens within the awkward areas between buildings, inside and beneath them, on their roofs – on bridges even. 
City poses sensible points in maximising using restricted area, and within the selection of vegetation to deal with usually difficult circumstances – from balconies in Salford to half-way throughout the Thames.  And there may be the broader problem of greening our cities – how making gardens enhances and invigorates city life.
“ A metropolis backyard, particularly of 1 who has no different, should be planted and ornamented with all doable care.”

    Cato (234 – 149 BC)

“ One not so lucky as to own a commanding web site might however make a fairly landskip of his personal possessions.”

“The Spectator” – Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719)


Our audio system are:  

Patrick Cullina who served because the founding Vice President of Horticulture and Park Operations for New York Metropolis’s Excessive Line, and was beforehand Vice President of Horticulture, Operations and Science Analysis for Brooklyn Botanic Backyard.  He’ll convey a breadth of expertise to the day – his New York Metropolis based mostly enterprise has a specific deal with creating stunning and resonant private and non-private city areas;  

James Fraser, who based Avant Gardener within the 1980s and makes use of a holistic strategy to design and construct landscapes that change lives for the higher;  

Sue Illman, a panorama architect and backyard designer who specialises within the inventive integration of SuDS – Sustainable Drainage Techniques – in city design, from large-scale schemes all the way down to SuDS options for faculties; and

Dan Pearson who combines his horticultural coaching and curiosity within the pure world within the design of city gardens to create areas which can be distinct and becoming to their setting, together with the backyard for Maggie’s Centre West London and the proposed Backyard Bridge over the Thames.  


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      Kathi Talmadge5 months ago

      Time and time again I think about these problems. Actually it wasn’t even yesterday that I last thought about it. Frankly, what is your thought though?


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