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Winners Quotes


Thinking of entering the SGD Awards 2020?  Wondering what the benefits might be? Read what our previous winners had to say:


"It was a fantastic feeling to win an award last year. Not only did it give me recognition for the project I’m most proud of, but also lots of press coverage, which has led to great project inquiries. I do encourage people to enter their work as it's a really important industry event which recognises professionalism in garden and landscape design, which in turn promotes the industry as a whole. It is also a great networking event in the calendar."

Emily Erlam, winner of the Roof Garden Award 2017


"There are always reasons why you might talk yourself out of entering award schemes. It takes time to compile all the paperwork - time that is often in short supply. But it is great to offer your work up to be judged alongside your peers as it's all too easy to be your own harshest critic. I would urge everyone to enter the SGD Awards. Whether you win or not, entering for an award is a really constructive process."

Helen Elks-Smith MSGD, winner of the Small Garden Award 2017


"It has been a great honour and yet rather humbling to win an SGD award as the standard is always so high. It is a real boost to your confidence to have your work recognised to be worthy of an SGD award and really helps your present and future clients feel confident in the quality of your work and achievements. New clients have all said "we take it our garden will be an SGD award winning garden too!" The SGD Awards judging panel is looking for excellent quality work and that is a great message to put across to the industry. I would definitely encourage members to enter - so much to gain."

Sue Townsend MSGD, joint winner of the Garden Jewel Award 2017


"Entering the SGD Awards was a first for me and I was really pleased I did. To have your design skills recognised by such an august body is an honour. I would urge all designers to enter.  It widens your audience and is a boost to your business. I've already begun work on a new commission as a direct result of the client reading about the award, and have another lined up."

Joanne Willcocks. Winner of the Big Ideas, Small Budget Award 2016


"I would really recommend entering the SGD Awards.  I remember feeling similarly that it was a busy time of year and it took additional time to compile the work for entry. It was certainly worth making the effort. It's a great accolade and has offered additional endorsement of my design approach when speaking with prospective clients.”

Dan Lobb MSGD.  Winner of the Designing for Community Space Award and the Judges' Award 2016


"It's definitely well worth entering the SGD Awards. As a winner of the Future Designer Award in 2015, I can say it really benefits your business and your confidence!"

David Loy. Winner of the Future Designer Award 2015


“Entering the SGD Awards 2014 was an exciting challenge for me. I was absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in August. Having my design for The Old Bakery win the Small Budget Garden Award has been a fabulous start to the New Year and a huge confidence booster. The publicity surrounding the Awards is phenomenal and, especially for less well-known garden designers or Pre-Registered Members of the SGD, it is a priceless way of getting your name and business out there in front of a much bigger audience. I am already looking at my portfolio to see what would be suitable for entering next year! I would thoroughly recommend entering to anyone thinking about it.”

Rebecca Smith – Winner of the Small Budget Garden Award 2014


“Winning three SGD Awards for Horatio’s Garden was a thrill not just for me but for everyone who had put so much work into making it a reality. It doesn’t matter what stage you are in your career, winning a SGD Award is welcome recognition for all the hard work that goes into creating a garden. To anyone thinking of entering the Awards next year, I would say if you have a garden you are pleased with then sharing it at the SGD Awards will not only help your business but also show that gardens are important and that our industry is one that is going from strength-to-strength.”

Cleve West MSGD – Winner of the People’s Choice Award, the Public and Commercial Space Award and the Judges’ Awards 2014.


“I'm so proud to have received such high recognition for my work at the SGD Awards - it has been a very humbling and exciting experience all around and I would really encourage other designers to step forward and ‘go for it!'  You have nothing to loose and so much to gain!

My clients whose gardens won the awards are thrilled to bits whilst my other clients - passed, current and potential are all delighted with my SGD Awards  - it has given them even more confidence in my work.  The awards have generated new enquiries for work and great media coverage. They have also given a really positive boost to the contractors and suppliers I use - without whom none of it would have happened!

Many of us work on our own, often with only our clients giving us feedback, so I was thrilled when the SGD Award judges with their in-depth knowledge of garden design, visited the gardens last summer and made some wonderful comments about my work. I would have been content with that alone!.  When I heard that I was a finalist - I leapt with joy - well OK I had a few ecstatic tears!   When I heard I had won not one but two awards, I was stunned and thrilled to bits - there was such a high calibre of work amongst all the finalists! The SGD award ceremony in London was the icing on the cake - it really was like the Oscars of garden design - meeting and  mingling with the great of good of garden design, landscaping and suppliers.  Fantastic!”

Sue Townsend MSGD - Winner of the Planting Design Award and Small Residential Garden Award 2014


“For us the SGD Awards set the standard - these are for real gardens that have stood the test of time and you are judged by your peers.  It's always an honour to be shortlisted, and winning is very special indeed.  It doesn't get any better. Anyone thinking of entering should definitely go for it.  If you are fortunate enough to win then it is an endorsement of your work for all to see.”

Debbie Roberts MSGD and Ian Smith MSGD of Acres Wild – Winners of the International Award, the Large Residential Garden Award and the Grand Award 2014


“Just being nominated as a finalist for the award was a wonderful feeling.  Having the finalist logo for my website and business cards, really gave my emerging business a head start.  I think it allows prospective customers to have confidence in me whilst my portfolio develops.  The awards dinner in London was a very special evening that I will always remember.  It was brilliant to be at the same occasion alongside people I have admired for many years and a real confidence boost to have my work recognised by the Society.  Well worth the effort.”

Joanna Midwinter – Joint winner of the Student Award 2014


"I was honoured and thrilled to win this exciting award. It felt brilliant to have your work recognised by ones peers and the award has helped stimulate new interest in my business. To anyone thinking of entering the SGD Awards next year, I would say go for it! You have nothing to lose!"

Rosemary Coldstream MSGD – Winner of the Pocket Garden Award 2014




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