Speakers announced for SGD Autumn Conference

Five world-class speakers from the UK, Scandinavia and Australia have been announced for the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Autumn 2017 Conference. The theme ‘Water Ways’ explores different aspects of water in the garden and landscape.

From the UK, international landscape designer, Tom Stuart-Smith MSGD (pictured below) will join Andrew Ewing, one of the country’s leading water feature designers and award-winning garden designer Andrew Wilson FSGD to share their own projects and demonstrate how water features and dynamic planting can define a landscape.


Mette Skjold, CEO of SLA, a Danish based landscape architecture practice will share how her practice seeks to solve urban challenges through a multi-disciplined approach to water – (banner top of page).  Mette’s practice designs some of Scandinavia’s most contemporary and climate-friendly landscapes and public spaces.

Phillip Johnson, one of Australia’s leading sustainable landscape designers, whose design philosophy centres on recreating habitats to accommodate changing environmental extremes, will also join the panel. (pictured left)

Phillip is known for designing natural pools, billabongs and waterfalls combined with rich horticultural colours, contrasting textures and fragrances. His practice is one of the most awarded Australasian firms in the industry.

The speakers will explore aspects of water in the garden or landscape, including contemporary garden water features, natural pools or ponds, sustainable water, water gardens for flood, wetland, bog or seaside sale marsh and the use of water fatures to engage and inspire the community.

The conference will be held on Saturday 18th November, 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society, London SW7.

Discounted ‘early bird’ tickets are available until 9th October 2017. Visit the SGD website to read more and book tickets online at:


The Society of Garden Designers has been championing excellence in garden design for over 35 years. It is the only professional association for garden designers in the UK and counts some of the UK’s leading garden and landscape designers among its growing membership.


Picture credits: Banner top: ©SLA–Hans-Tavsens-Plads-Efterar: Other photographs courtesy SGD.

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