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SGD Symposium 2022

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th June

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RHS Hilltop Building - RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, WOKING, GU23 6QB

PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE: Finding answers to the way forward from our past.

As the SGD celebrated 40 years of garden and landscape design, this two-day symposium held at the new Hilltop Building, RHS Garden Wisley, examined the past, cast a critical eye on current practice, and proposed new ways of working together to address the rapidly changing demands of people and planet to help develop an industry leading approach to sustainable garden design.

Aimed at helping the industry work collaboratively to forge plans for a responsible, creative, relevant and rewarding future in the way we practice, a line-up of some of the UK's most influential garden and landscape designers working in sustainable and ecological design shared their knowledge and expertise in an unmissable mix of talks, panel debates and round-table discussions.

Keynote speakers included Dan Pearson OBE FSGDBernard Trainor, Charlie Harpur, Rachel Bailey MSGD, Dr. Phil Askew and Marian Boswall MSGD

Other highly acclaimed speakers, including Sarah Eberle FSGD, Advolly Richmond, David Stevens FSGDTom Massey MSGDJo Gibbons, Noel Kingsbury, Catherine Heatherington FSGD and Giacomo Guzzon, staged a series of lively panel debates. 

Given the significance of the environmental issues being discussed at the Symposium, the SGD implemented a no-fly policy for the event.  Bernard Trainor spoke live from one of his gardens in California and Noel Kingsbury spoke live from his home in Portugal.  

Delegates were also encouraged to share their own thoughts and expertise in daily round-table discussions, drawing together the threads that contributed to the SGD Manifesto which will form a blueprint for the way we practice in the future. The discussions were headed by SGD Co-Chair Andrew Duff MSGD, who also co-chaired the event.

View the Symposium Agenda here