SGD Autumn Convention 2017

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WATER WAYS: a supply of inspiration for planting, play, and innovation

Water within the panorama or backyard fascinates us all: it may be nonetheless and reflective, gushing or rhythmic, or glowing but musical. Water options have lengthy been a ’present stopper’, however their heritage goes again centuries. Rills and fountains performed a central position in Islamic and renaissance gardens; lakes and cascades have been de rigueur for aspiring C18th landowners demonstrating their sophistication and wealth.  Every Autumn Convention speaker will discover completely different elements of water within the backyard and panorama, from their design sort, planting understand how, or technical cleverness, by means of to sustainability. Drink from this fountain of data.

Our confirmed audio system are Tom Stuart-Smith, Phillip Johnson, Mette Skjold, Andrew Wilson FSGD and Andrew Ewing, all of whom are well-known main creatives on the Convention topic WATER WAYS. Collectively, their shows will expansively cowl grand gestures and play, modern backyard water options, pure swimming pools or ponds plus sustainable water, water gardens for flood, wetland lavatory or seaside salt marsh, and design of historic or worldwide or cultural use for neighborhood. Planting palettes are an integral a part of their schemes, which is able to naturally embody marginal and integral aquatic vegetation inside the better context of the backyard or panorama past. Technical content material shall be referred to, however can’t in each occasion be lined in-depth.

Learn the profiles under for extra details about the audio system.


Andrew Ewing is famed for his bespoke refined design for water options, utilizing the phrases aquatecture and fountaineering to explain his technical prowess. Nevertheless, don’t be fooled; Andrew’s designs are primarily rooted in his art-led training: other than his BA Hons in High quality Artwork Sculpture and MA Industrial Design

from the Royal Faculty of Artwork, Japanese influences stemming while finding out mild and water throughout a Kyoto Metropolis College of Artwork trade programme have additionally had a profound impact on his design philosophy.

Andrew can also be the go-to particular person for technical design collaboration: prime designers corresponding to Tom Stuart-Smith, Luciano Giubbilei, Dan Pearson, Andy Sturgeon, and James Basson, who cumulatively maintain 13 RHS Chelsea Gold medals and 5 Silver Gilt medals from 2002 to 2017, have all labored with Andrew prior to now.


Andrew Wilson FSGD is a accomplice and director of Wilson McWilliam Studio, Chiswick, as effectively as an RHS Chelsea Gold medal award successful backyard designer specialising within the design of latest personal gardens and public landscapes. With Andrew and his design accomplice Gavin McWilliam on the helm, Wilson McWilliam Studio has received many SGD Awards, most not too long ago three in 2016 and the SGD Grand Award for Non-public Backyard Design in 2013.  

Andrew will share with delegates gardens which mix defining water options with dynamic planting, for instance: a reed pool mild tunnel; perfumed lily swimming pools; a uncommon modern but historically interpreted millpond; and an infinity reflecting pool designed to create dramatic stage change, with one other filtered by means of a planted gravel mattress. 


Mette Skjold is CEO of SLA, a Danish primarily based panorama structure follow which has designed a few of Scandinavia’s most modern, climate-friendly and attribute city landscapes and public areas. 

SLA use nature because the conceptual focus of their design to interact and encourage neighborhood. Of their multi-disciplined strategy to water, be it the rise, air pollution, or lack of it, the follow solves city challenges by means of utilising sustainability and know-how, serving to it to realize award successful outcomes for each aesthetic and useful finish use. 

The SLA challenge ‘The Soul of Norrebro’, positioned within the inside metropolis of Copenhagen, not too long ago received the Nordic Constructed Cities Problem Award, Scandanavia’s most prestigious and largest structure competitors. The challenge additionally acquired the World Panorama Award of Excellence in Conceptual Design.


Phillip Johnson is the Artistic Director of his panorama design and construct follow, primarily based in Australia’s Dandenong Ranges in Victoria. Phillip is dedicated to addressing water administration by means of progressive and versatile, but sustainable panorama design. 

Phillip’s design philosophy centres on recreating habitat to accommodate altering environmental extremes. His follow is among the most awarded Australasian companies within the trade; they’re well-known for his or her pure swimming pools, billabongs, and waterfalls coupled with wealthy horticultural colors and contrasting textures and fragrances, all of that are tied along with the fixed sound of shifting water. 


Tom Stuart-Smith, together with his follow primarily based in London, designs gardens and parks that mix naturalism with modernity all through Europe, India, USA and Caribbean.  

With regard to his work, Tom quotes Philip Larkin: “If I have been known as in to assemble a faith, I ought to make use of water”. The follow design philosophy is to juxtapose and distinction simplicity and complexity; the fashionable and the romantic; delicate intervention and decisive assertion. Crops and supplies are chosen to suit their environment and endure. 

Current work consists of the lauded new backyard within the Medina in Marrakech, Le Jardin Secret, and Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire (winner of a public vote BBC Backyard of the Yr 2016). All eight gardens Tom has designed for RHS Chelsea have been awarded gold medals, three of which received ‘Greatest in Present’.


The Chair for the SGD Autumn Convention 2017 shall be Sarah Eberle FSGD

Sarah, a distinguished backyard designer and panorama architect, will introduce the Convention matter and its audio system. She’s going to reasonable inquiries to be taken from the delegates after and for every speaker.

E-book your ticket right here

We thank our SGD Autumn Convention Sponsors who make this occasion potential 

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