Last Friday, the great and the good in Landscape and Garden Design gathered in London for the SGD industry awards. The event was hosted by our own Ann-Marie Powell.
But even more excitingly, we were delighted to win the award for the ‘Healing or Learning Garden’ category for the Greenfingers Garden ‘Chestnut Tree House’.
Photo credit: Edward Hill / SGD
We’re thrilled to receive the award in recognition for the garden at Chestnut House Children’s Hospice. Greenfingers is a charity very close to Ann-Marie’s heart, and Chestnut House was her first involvement with their wonderful work, bringing beautiful gardens to children’s hospices around the UK.
Ann-Marie said “In my near twenty years designing gardens, the Chestnut Tree House space is perhaps my proudest moment as a professional. The build was extremely challenging, driving rain for weeks on end and freezing frosts in the depths of winter handled magnificently by local landscape contractors and friends Garden House Design. We couldn’t have won this award without them.”
To find out more about Greenfingers and the wonderful work they do.
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The Royal Horticultural Society has commissioned award-winning designer Ann-Marie Powell to design two new gardens around the planned new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning on the Hilltop at RHS Garden Wisley. The Wildlife Garden and Kitchen Garden will form a ‘living laboratory’ when they open in spring 2020 and play an important part in the enhanced learning experience by illustrating how plants impact our daily lives.
RHS Director General, Sue Biggs, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Ann-Marie on board to help shape the future of RHS Garden Wisley and excited to see her innovative ideas come to life. Since its very first days under the care of RHS, Wisley has been at the forefront of education in horticulture and Ann-Marie’s designs will provide an easily accessible source of inspiration and learning for all who visit”.
Ann-Marie adds: “It’s a real honor to be asked to design these important spaces at RGS Garden Wisley. It was the first garden that flicked my switch and it’s always been a hub for experimentation, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to put together something completely different and help to share inspiration with everyone who visits, no matter their level of skill. As I work with all the teams at Wisley, I’m learning and gaining insight into their vast knowledge and expertise and that is exactly what I hope these gardens will do for generations of visitors to come.”
Part of the RHS’s £160 million investment programme in horticulture, for which £20 million of funding still needs to be raised, the new gardens will help to bring visitors closer than ever to world-leading gardening science, by demonstrating beautiful horticulture, best practice and cutting edge research into the future challenges facing the UK’s 27 million gardeners. Working closely with the knowledgeable teams at Wisley, Ann-Marie’s garden designs will be filled with take-home inspiration for encouraging a healthy wildlife ecosystem and nurturing a bountiful vegetable patch.
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