It’s the first time I’ve ever entered any sort of awards so I’m delighted to say I’ve been shortlisted as a finalist in the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) Awards, for a contemporary private garden in Dulwich.
The SGD Awards, which cover all aspects of design from private domestic gardens to engaging public spaces, are the first and only national awards scheme dedicated to rewarding outstanding achievement in the garden and landscape design profession. Only real gardens are allowed, as opposed to the temporary show gardens you see at places like the Chelsea Flower Show.
Entries were open to projects with a practical completion period covering five years. This garden was approaching that time frame so has stood the test of time well. The planting is now mature with all the boundaries, shed and houses beyond effectively screened. The hard landscaping is still as good as new, thanks to the excellent construction work of a trusted landscape contractor.
Since completed I’ve been back regularly to check on the garden’s progress and have tweaked some of the planting as necessary. With the changing seasons and constant cycle of nature, gardens never stand still so some changes to the planting are inevitable. It’s been good to be involved with the garden over that time to ensure that any changes are in keeping with my original vision for the garden.
The winners of the awards won’t be announced until an awards ceremony in November, to be hosted by TV personality and designer James Alexander-Sinclair. Until then, my fingers are tightly crossed!