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SGD Awards 2020

SGD announces finalists in the SGD Awards 2020

A shortlist of 23 projects has been announced across 13 award categories include a cliff garden in Bermuda, a roof garden and basement courtyard in an old factory building in London, a family garden on an exposed cliff top overlooking the North Sea and a modern meadow.

Selected by a panel of leading figures in the garden design industry, the projects represent some of the very best in garden design from the UK and abroad. spanning residential gardens, public and commercial spaces and community projects. 

For the first time, the shortlist also includes contenders for the Beth Chatto Award, introduced this year to highlight the global impact ecological planting can have, by recognising a project where the design demonstrates the creative, ecological use of materials and planting to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife.  


Adare Manor, Ireland - Edward Freeman MSGD 
Blue Doors - Acres Wild (principal designer Debbie Roberts MSGD) 
Changping Penglai Hot Spring - Gavin McWilliams MSGD, Andrew Wilson FSGD & John Davies 
Chiswick Garden - Charlotte Rowe Garden Design (Principal designer Charlotte Rowe MSGD) 
Contemporary Courtyard - Marian Boswall MSGD 
Courtyard House - Caitlin McLaughlin 
East Dulwich - Adolfo Harrison MSGD 
Hermitage Lane - Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD 
Infinite Possibilities - Rosemary Coldstream MSGD 
Lymington Garden - Helen Elks-Smith MSGD 
Modern Garden, Hampstead - Rosemary Coldstream MSGD 
Modern Meadow - Mandy Buckland MSGD 
NHS70 Garden, Addenbrookes Hospital - Bowles & Wyer (principal designer John Wyer FSGD)
Pocket Garden - Jane Brockbank MSGD 
Ribbon Wheel Garden - Butter Wakefield 
Samphire, Sue Townsend MSGD 
Sea Dune, Sue Townsend MSGD 
Snowberry Hill, Bermuda - Andy Sturgeon FSGD 
St Albans Avenue - Jane Ashley 
Stylus, Old Street - John Davies  
Sussex Farmhouse - Marian Boswall MSGD 
Thornhill Road - Stuart Craine 
Urban Courtyard - Caroline Butler 

Finalists in the two SGD student categories will be announced later this month.


The shortlisted projects in the three Residential Garden categories and in the International, Public & Commercial Outdoor Space, Garden Jewel and Beth Chatto categories will now be entered into the People’s Choice Award which opens for votes today (2nd October) via the SGD website The same finalists will also be competing for the highly coveted Grand Award, which will be decided by the main judging panel.


The winners of all 19 awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand Award, the Judges' Award and the People's Choice Award, will be revealed at The SGD Awards ceremony on Friday 31st January 2020.  The event, which returns to London’s Landmark Hotel, is the highlight of the garden design calendar. Tickets for the ceremony go on sale online on 21st October. 

Visit the SGD website to see images of all the shortlisted projects in the main award categories. 

TOP IMAGE: Acres Wild (photo: Marianne Majerus). 
IMAGES LEFT TO RIGHT AND TOP TO BOTTOM: Sue Townsend MSGD (photo: Marianne Majerus), Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD (photo: Marianne Majerus), Adolfo Harrison MSGD (photo: Mischa Haller), John Davies MSGD, Marian Boswall MSGD (photo: Jason Ingram), Rosemary Coldstream MSGD (photo: Richard Bloom)

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