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SGD Autumn Conference reaches new global audiences

The SGD Conference live-streaming service, which was available at the society’s Autumn Conference on the 16 November, has exceeded expectation. It attracted 79 delegates from 15 countries including the USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, Greece, Hungary, Estonia, Norway, Israel and Spain.

Introduced at the Spring Conference in April 2019, the live streaming service allows the SGD to open its bi-annual conference out to a national and international audience, supporting existing members and reaching new global audiences. Following the event, recorded sessions are available to download via an on-demand archive for attending delegates and new purchases with access for up to 12-months.

Craig Moyes, chief operating officer at the Society of Garden Designers says: ”The live streaming and on-demand services have gone from strength-to-strength, building on the success of the Spring Conference and attracting many more delegates than we imagined. The service has clearly resonated with the membership and across the industry as a whole. It is fantastic to be able to support members unable to make it to London for the event and also to open out the conference to fellow designers in the industry across the world.”

The live streaming service was enthusiastically received by delegates with many posting favourable comments on social media.

The conference, which explored inspiration, creativity and the ‘big idea’, saw a first-class line-up of international speakers explain what sparks their imagination, how they recognise successful ideas and how they transform them into beautiful gardens and landscapes. Speakers included Luciano Giubbilei, Haruko Seki from Studio Lasso, Greek architect and landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis, Jenny Coe, and Matt Keightley MSGD and Cameron Wilson from Rosebank Landscaping.

Cleve West MSGD, who chaired the conference summed it up in his opening talk saying: “Art, music, landscape, political views and wider interests all have an influence on our development as designers whether we are conscious of it or not. We can’t always explain our sources of inspiration but it’s important to add to our subconscious library on a regular basis.”

Subscription to the on-demand archive to watch the entire conference or individual speakers is available via the SGD website.  Prices start from £30 (inc VAT) for individual speakers or £105 (inc. VAT) to watch all five presentations.

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