Society Of Garden Designers Announces Its Shortlist For The SGD AWARDS 2024

The Society of Garden Designers has announced its nominees for the SGD Awards 2024 with an impressive roll call of 23 projects and 16 designers making the final shortlist.  

Familiar names including Andy Sturgeon FSGD, Robert Myers MSGD and Charlotte Rowe MSGD will be competing against some of the most exciting new names in the industry including rising star Harry Holding, who returns after winning the Fresh Designer Award last year, and newcomers George Cullis and Emily Crowley-Wroe.

Society Of Garden Designers Announces Its Shortlist For The SGD AWARDS 2024

Society Of Garden Designers Announces Its Shortlist For The SGD AWARDS 2024

Projects range from from the Wellbeing Garden at RHS Garden Wisley, to an Islamic garden for an award-winning, eco-friendly mosque in Cambridge, a tiny Australian-inspired garden in the heart of London and four communal residential gardens on the top of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.  Further afield, international projects include a commercial garden designed for a beautifully restored 17th Century farmstead in the heart of Puglia and a woodland garden designed for Floriade Expo 2022 in the Netherlands.

The gardens and designers in the running to be crowned SGD Award winners are:

A Chiswick Hideaway, London

Apothecary Family Garden, Buckinghamshire

A South Kensington Gem, London

Battersea Power Station Roof Gardens

Bay Tree House, Surrey

Cambridge Mosque Community Garden

Chelsea Courtyard Garden, London

Earl’s Court Oasis, London

Family Garden, London

Hampshire Garden

Hobhouse Court, London

Living the Good Life, Cheshire

Masseria Pistola, Italy

Modern Cottage Garden, Lyneham

New Beginnings, Church Barn, Essex

Park House, Cambridgeshire

Rae Bridge

Roof Garden in Central London

St James Gate

The Wellbeing Garden, RHS Wisley

Treetop Garden, Reading

Visions of the Future at Floride Expo 2022

Windmill Bank, East Grinstead

Stefano Marinaz MSGD

Sue Townsend MSGD

Stefano Marinaz MSGD

Andy Sturgeon FSGD

Nic Howard MSGD

Adam Hunt

George Cullis MSGD

Harry Holding

Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD

Charlotte Rowe MSGD

Andy Sturgeon FSGD

Matt Nicol MSGD

Adam Hunt

Emily Crowley-Wroe

Stefano Marinaz MSGD

Robert Myers MSGD

Holly Birtles

Bowles & Wyer

Adam Vetere

Matt Keightley MSGD

Adam Vetere

Stefano Marinaz MSGD

Nic Howard MSGD

Selected by a panel of independent and respected experts, including designers, academics, journalists and horticultural professionals and led by garden designer, author and lecturer Richard Sneesby, the projects represent some of the very best in garden and landscape design from the UK and abroad and span residential gardens, public and commercial spaces and community projects.

Gardens in seven of the categories will now be entered into the People’s Choice Award which is open for votes via the SGD website on 1st October 2023 for one month. The same finalists will also be competing for the highly coveted Grand Award, which will be decided by the judging panel. To see images of all the shortlisted gardens visit the SGD website.

Lynne Marcus MSGD, Chair of the SGD Awards, said: “The SGD Awards 2024 shortlist illustrates why garden design matters to all of us. Each and every one of the nominated projects demonstrate creativity, passion and dedication to our craft and are not only beautiful, but provide important environmental benefits and enhance the quality of life for the people using them.

“Whether a  tiny urban garden, a community space or a large public garden, these projects offer thoughtful, creative responses and are testament to the skill, artistry and commitment to sustainability being brought to bear on the industry today.  I am thrilled to see such talent and congratulate everyone shortlisted.”

In addition to the shortlisted gardens, three products have also been nominated for the brand new Sustainable Product of the Year Award, open to the Society of Garden Designers’ Affiliated Business Partners for the first time this year. Chosen by the Society’s sustainability lead Rachel Bailey MSGD, the products are:

BLS Plus – Natural Topsoil with added Bio Fertiliser – Bougton

Biochar Soil Improver – Carbon Gold

PlantGrow Mulch – PlantGrow

The winners of all 21 awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand Award, the Judges’ Award, the People’s Choice Award and three Student Awards, will be revealed at The SGD Awards ceremony on Friday 2nd February 2024.

The Society of Garden Designers has also announced that Greenfingers, the charity dedicated to supporting children and families who spend time in hospices around the UK, by creating inspiring gardens for them, will be their Charity Partner at the event.

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