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The SGD is the only professional association for garden designers, and our many national and international Members represent the very best of the industry. Since 1981, we have been championing excellence in garden design, and supporting our Members to train, work, develop and continually maintain the highest standards. The organisation was founded as the Garden Design Society by a group of eminent landscape designers, who came together to establish garden design as a serious profession. The Society now boasts a diverse Membership of both individual designers and practices. They are all experienced, competent, creative professionals, who have gone through a robust process of accreditation and abide by our Code of Conduct, and they work across a broad range of projects from roof terraces and urban courtyards to large country gardens and public parks. The Society also promotes best practice and continuing professional development through its conferences, workshops and seminars, its Journal and the annual SGD Awards. It represents garden designers within the wider horticulture and landscape industry on important issues, as well as engaging with the public to raise the profile of garden design.

Winners announced in the SGD Awards 2024

Winners announced in the SGD Awards 2024

A diverse collection of gardens and landscapes were celebrated at this year's annual Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Awards, from rooftop gardens to a ‘lush oasis’. Among the 22 winners were Andy Sturgeon FSGD, Stefano Marinaz MSGD and James Hichmough. The SGD Garden of the Year Award- also referred to as the Grand Award, was awarded to Andy...

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How diverse is the horticulture industry? New ED&I survey shows need to attract next generation

How diverse is the horticulture industry? New ED&I survey shows need to attract next generation

The results of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey show that just 12% of the industry is aged between 25-35, with 16-24-year-olds making up a staggeringly low 3%. Members of the group behind the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Charter for the horticulture, arboriculture, landscaping and garden media profession put together the...

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Shortlist announced for SGD Awards 2024 

Shortlist announced for SGD Awards 2024 

The Society of Garden Designers has announced its shortlist for the SGD (Society of Garden Designers) Awards 2024.  16 designers and 23 projects have been shortlisted, including recent RHS medal winner Harry Holding, Andy Sturgeon FSGD and newcomer Emily Crowley-Wroe.  Projects include the Wellbeing Garden at RHS Wisley, an award-winning...

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SGD awards fellowship to prolific designer

SGD awards fellowship to prolific designer

James Scott has been awarded a fellowship by the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). The association’s council voted unanimously to make the principal designer of The Garden Company a fellow in recognition of his contribution to the profession and the society. Scott founded Hertfordshire-based The Garden Company in 1991, shortly after finishing...

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