Garden designer Jo Thompson unveils creative process

London college workshop unlocks mystery of how to turn concepts into completed gardens.

Garden designers helped to shed light on the creative process and how to transform abstract ideas into completed design earlier this month.

Jo Thompson delivered a guest lecture at a one-day Magic of Design course held at the London College of Garden Design in Regent's Park, where she was joined by award-winning designers Cleve West and Hugo Bugg.

The process tended to be a mysterious transition that designers tackled in different ways, Thompson maintained. The aim of the course was to understand how concepts were formed and give an insight into how garden designers think, she explained.

"The early concepts of garden design have to be based on solid theory but it is an environment subject to new ideas and trends," she contended. "Garden designers must be as creative as they are practical."

Thompson, West and Budd will present a further course, the Magic of Planting, organised by the college, on 14 June.

Chelsea merit

Jo Thompson scooped a certificate of merit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a garden she designed for sculptor Helen Sinclair with pathways winding through dense planting and a background of reclaimed timber.

Thompson said: "We are thrilled. Helen's sculptures are the perfect balance of fun, thought and harmony." The award is given to exhibits that show excellence in presentation.

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