By Rhoda Parry
Have your say and vote for your favourite garden in the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) People’s Choice Awards. As media partner, Homes & Gardens is excited to share these amazing designer garden ideas.
A shortlist of 23 projects has been announcedacross 13awardcategories including a cliff garden in Bermuda, a roof garden and basement courtyard in an old factory building in London, a family garden on an exposed cliff top overlooking the North Sea and a modern meadow.
Selected by a panel of leading figures in the garden design industry, including our very own Editorial Director of Homes Content, Rhoda Parry, the projects represent some of the very best in garden design from the UK and abroad, spanning residential gardens, public and commercial spaces and community projects.
For the first time, the shortlist also includes contenders for the Beth Chatto Award, introduced this year to highlight the global impact ecological planting can have, by recognising a project where the design demonstrates the creative, ecological use of materials and planting to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife.
This is your opportunity to select your favourite garden. Take a look below and then head over to the SGD to say have your say.Voting for this award closes on 31 October 2019 at 23:59 and winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 31 January 2020.
The brief for this garden by Principal Designer Debbie Roberts of Acres Wild was to provide a simple, relaxed and timeless garden to enhance the house and sit comfortably within the downland setting. Being a weekend retreat the garden had to be relatively easy to maintain.
Marian Boswell enhanced the setting of the house within the extended landscape with an elegant entertaining terrace with views, a place for the owner's sculptures as well as increase biodiversity.
Andy Sturgeon was tasked with creating a contemporary garden for entertaining that was less cramped and would allow the house to sit more comfortably within its plot while giving important consideration to the views.
Third and fourth floor roof terraces’ reflecting the ethos of a new development were planned by John Davies together with a narrow basement courtyard sandwiched between the building and adjacent ground floor car park.
Helen Elks-Smith connected the house style, set in the centre of three acres, to the rural landscape and woodland with several terraces to support relaxed seating, dining and simple cooking outside.
Principal designer Charlotte Rowe of Charlotte Rowe Garden Design has created a ‘secret garden’ in the triangular space and a secondary dining ‘destination’ off the kitchen and unite these spaces with visually attractive paths; all are visible from ground floor windows.
The brief to Mandy Buckland was to provide a garden to attract bees, butterflies, moths and birds with a simple layout, a meadow, a mown path to a sunny terrace, and a shady border below the kitchen window.
Stuart Craine provided a relaxed garden that, at first glance, looks slightly wild and natural but is carefully planned with terraces catching the sun at different times and making an environmental contribution.
Designed by Edward Freeman, the focus for the restoration of this hotel landscape included the main gate, the arrival court, the formal parterre garden and the introduction of new landscape elements and views to connect into the wider estate.
Rosemary Coldstream renovated and improved the garden as the house was extended; the entrances to the house were relocated, resulting in a complete re-think of the external spaces with a bold imaginative design.
Sue Townsend provided a front garden with a planting design suited to seaside conditions with visual interest, partial screening of the drive and privacy from the road. The back to be a relaxed secluded garden.
Jane Brockbank changed the ground level to match the new house’s lower floor so this bijou garden provides a beautiful backdrop to the main living space.
Sara Jane Rothwell provided a flush threshold from the kitchen, for a young couple with a baby, and created intimate seating and cooking areas with good access to the garage.
Adolfo Harrison created a garden for children and adults from a narrow garden dominated by the side of the neighbours’ house which made you look upwards and feel small in scale.
This terrace was designed by Butter Wakefield to create a purposeful, inviting garden for dining and relaxing with space to entertain that would contrast to the adjacent minimalist, rectilinear style communal garden and ensuringsecurity and privacy.
Marian Boswell was asked to re-configure the garden to complement the newly re-modelled interior spaces; increasing biodiversity, that could be left periodically, and provide a series of secluded outdoor rooms for entertaining and Pilates.
Head over to the SGD to say have your say.Voting for this award closes on 31 October 2019 at 23:59 and winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 31 January 2020.
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