Society of Garden Designers Awards 2022

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has announced 20 winners at its 10th annual SGD awards event with the most prestigious award of the night, The Grand Award, being presented to Tommaso del Buono MSGD for the gardens at the headquarters of Davines.

The judges described Tommaso’s design at the Davines village, (pictured above top of page) for the leading organic cosmetics company in Italy, as an ‘ambitious and stylish project demonstrating exceptional design and implementation‘. In addition to the Grand Award, Tommaso was also given the award for the best International Commercial or Community Landscape & Garden for the same project.

Garden by Matthew Childs, Image: Alister Thorpe

Matthew Childs was awarded the Judges’ Award and the Medium Residential Garden Award for the Heathside Pool Garden in Surrey, which the judges described as ‘an extraordinary garden that was full of surprises‘.

World Food Garden RHS Wisley: Image: Mary Guinness

The People’s Choice Award went to Ann Marie Powell Gardens for The World Food Garden at RHS Wisley which also won the UK Commercial or Community Landscapes & Garden Award.The judges described this garden as a ‘wonderfully immersive public space displaying a lovely mix of edible, annual and perennial planting designed to inspire and educate visitors.’

Image: Gavin McWilliam

Andrew Wilson FSGD and Gavin McWilliam MSGD won two awards on the night – the International Residential Gardens & Landscape Award for a project in Portugal (pictured above) and the Hardscape Design Award for a courtyard garden in London’s Kensington.

Image: Alister Thorpe

Stefano Marinaz MSGD is another double award winner this year having won both the Planting Design Award and the Garden Jewel Award for an exquisite London garden filled with beautiful planting which judges described as ‘a beautiful composition with simple, effective detailing and a choice of materials that provides unity and harmony.’ (pictured above)

Twickenham garden – Image: Alister Thorpe

Matthew Wilson MSGD picked up the Large Residential Garden award for a wildlife-friendly garden in Northumberland and Tom Massey MSGD was awarded the Small Residential Garden Award for a garden in Twickenham (pictured above)with the judges commenting that the garden challenged the more typical approach to a suburban sloped garden and provided something ‘bold, playful and very attractive.’

A quirky but multi-level garden took the popular Big Ideas, Small Budged Award category this year, designed by Mandy Buckland MSGD. The London garden featured a simple use of materials and a nice balance of hard landscaping and textural planting.

The Lodge: Image Clive Nichols

Best Fresh Designer went to Harry Holding for The Lodge which judges described as ‘an accomplished garden for a designer at the beginning of his professional journey.’ The judges felt Harry’s design had turned a difficult space into a ‘unique and richly diverse garden’ that demonstrated sensitivity to the surrounding landscape.

Design for the Environment Award went to Kristina Clode for her Wildlife Friendly Eco House Garden while Tabi Jackson-Gee picked up the Paper Landscapes category for her design for a Woodland Ensemble.

Three student awards went to Freya Willetts who won Student Design Commercial Award, Kate Mackay Roberts who took the Student Design Domestic Award and Sally Williams wo was awarded with the new Student Design Sustainable Award for the first time this year.

The SGD Lifetime Achievement Award, granted to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the landscape and garden design profession went to Sarah Eberle FSGD. On presenting the award co-chair Lynne Marcus MSGD said: “Sarah Eberle has been passionate about landscape and garden design since she was a child and her hugely successful career has influenced and inspired many designers to enter our profession. Her love of horticulture and the natural world and her instinctive design talent has produced an impressive legacy of gardens and made her one of the most successful designers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”

You can view full details of the awards and winners here.