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SGD Awards 2022 winners announced

The Society of Garden Designers has announced 20 winners in its tenth annual SGD Awards at an event in London that celebrated inspiring projects from a wide cross-section of Members.

The Grand Award was presented to Tommaso del Buono MSGD for the gardens at the headquarters of Davines, a leading organic cosmetics company in Italy, which the judges described as an ‘ambitious and stylish project demonstrating exceptional design and implementation’. Matthew Childs won the coveted Judges’ Award for a stunning pool garden in Surrey.

In addition to taking the Grand Award for Davines Village, Tommaso del Buono MSGD was given the award for best International Commercial or Community Landscape & Garden for the same project. The masterplan included the creation of a large ‘Apothecary garden’, two large courtyard gardens and several ancillary areas around the headquarters. The judges described it as ‘a gorgeous scheme in every respect.’

SGD Fellow and renowned garden designer, Sarah Eberle FSGD has been named as this year’s recipient of the Society of Garden Designers Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is gifted by the Council of the Society of Garden Designer and granted to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the landscape and garden design profession.

Previous recipients have included Penelope Hobhouse, Piet Oudolf, Beth Chatto, Christopher Bradley-Hole MSGD, Andrew Lawson, Fernando Caruncho, Robin Williams FSGD and Charles Jencks. Last year the award went to to SGD Fellow, David Stevens FSGD.

In addition to this, winners were also announced in the SGD Student Awards at the event.

In the Student Design Commercial category, Freya Willetts, a student at the London College of Garden Design, was presented with the award for her design for the proposed development of the open landscape surrounding Godstow Abbey, a ruined 12th-century nunnery in Oxford.

In the Domestic Design Category Kate Mackay Roberts also won the top award for Rocky Flow,, a sustainable and wildlife-friendly garden designed to complement a bold and modern extension of a mid-century-modern house in the foothills of Chesham Bois, with views of the wider landscape and sociable areas for cooking, eating and entertaining.

In the Sustainability category, Sally Williams, who studied at Capel Manor College, became the first designer to win the brand new award which was presented for a project with a special focus on sustainability and the environment.

Images of all the winning gardens in the SGD Awards 2022 can be seen on the SGD website visit www.sgd.org.uk

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