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COLOUR: The art, science and experience 

New statement (01/05/2020) re: SGD Spring Conference 2020 

The SGD Spring Conference 2020 will now take place on Saturday 18th July as a digital event due to the current COVID-19 situation. Tickets already purchased will automatically be transferred to the digital event, and refunds for the difference in price will be provided. If you have purchased a ticket and require a full refund, please let us know by 1st June 2020. No further cancellations will be taken after this date. Tickets will include full access to live streaming on the day and access to the on-demand facility for up to 12 months after the event as part of your delegate fee. Please contact the SGD office for more information on 01159 683188. The theme of the conference ‘Colour: the art, science and experience’ will remain the same.  

Saturday 18th July 2020

Image: Steve Martino

Good use of colour can play a major role in the successful outcome of a garden or landscape project.  Colour can change our perception of a space, alter our mood when we are surrounded by it, and influence the way we use a garden.  But at what point should colour be considered when in a design? 

The SGD Spring 2020 Conference will lift the lid on the use of colour in the garden, looking beyond fashions and trends and exploring the subject from all points, from artistic to scientific. 

An impressive line-up of speakers will include American landscape architect Steve Martino, whose work blends colourful, man-made elements with native plants to reflect the sun-drenched beauty of the American desert. Garden designer Emily Erlam, known for her exuberant, colourful planting, will discuss how to use colour with restraint for maximum effect, exploring the idea that the way we use it is how we create the greatest impact rather than the amount we use. Describing colour as 'one of the most captivating tools we have to create drama in the garden', she will explain her interest in combining colour with rhythm and structure to make it more potent.

In addition, Irish gardening consultant and planting designer Jimi Blake will explore the use of colour in his garden at Hunting Brook in County Wicklow, focusing on the colour combinations of flowers and foliage and discussing how he creates tapestries of colour throughout his exotic areas, perennial beds and woodland gardens; and Mike Allaby, author of more than 100 books on plant science, will introduce the often curious reasons as to how and why colour is perceived in the gardens and landscapes that surround us from a scientific perspective.

The conference will be chaired by Stephanie Mahon, editor of the Garden Design Journal, who will examine how colour is expressed and how it changes its nature depending on how it is consumed - either through paint on a canvas, ink on a page, pixels on a screen or light in your garden.

Join us to discover how the right use of colour in garden design – from plants to hard landscaping - can enhance us as individuals, reinforce our connections with the gardens and landscapes we create, and influence the way we use space. 

Buy Spring Conference 2020 tickets here   (This link goes to an external website)

The SGD Spring Conference 2020 is proudly sponsored by Vectorworks

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SGD Autumn Conference 2019

The Source 2: Inspiration, Creativity, and the Big Idea

16th November 2019

Did you miss the SGD Autumn Conference 2019? Chaired by multi-award winning designer Cleve West MSGD, a line-up of internationally renowned speakers shared their individual approaches to creativity; the conference offered a rare insight into how they nurture and cultivate imagination, and how they recognise a potentially successful idea and convert it into reality. Speakers included Matt Keightley MSGD and Cameron Wilson from Rosebank Landscaping, landscape architect Jenny CoeHaruko Seki from Studio Lasso, Luciano Giubbilei, and Greek architect and landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis

You can now catch-up on all the speaker presentations with the SGD Autumn Conference Video On Demand Archive. 

Buy Autumn Conference 2019  (This link goes to an external website)

SGD Spring Conference 2019

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27th April 2019

Did you miss the SGD Spring Conference 2019? 

You can now catch-up on all the speaker presentations with the SGD Spring Conference Video On Demand Archive. 

All sessions containing 5 hours of CPD content - instantly available to order now. 

Buy Spring Conference 2019  (This link goes to an external website)


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