Jo Thompson recognised at woman of the year awards

Garden designer Jo Thompson is to be recognised for her contribution to society.

Landscape designer Jo Thompson is being recognised for her personal contribution to society at a 60th anniversary ‘Women of the Year’ event.

She joins 400 women from all walks of life, all of whom have achieved something of significance. Thompson's award acknowledges her innovative and diverse garden design achievements.

With a practice established in 2006 and a portfolio of projects for private, commercial and charitable clients, Thompson's successes include medal winning show gardens at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show and events in Russia and Japan. She was named a Society of Garden Designers ‘Future Designer’ in 2014 and is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee for Rosemoor and an RHS show garden selection panellist.

A single mum to two teenagers, she has learned how to juggle work and family and now runs a practice with four employees. Thompson has not always been in the design industry. Initially a teacher, she retrained to become a landscape gardener when her children were young.

Thompson and her team now work in the UK and internationally on coastal, country, public, roof, show and town gardens of all sizes. She says her success is largely due to the partnership she establishes with her client and her keen understanding of a 'sense of place' which is fundamental to good design.

She said: "It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way. The work of female garden and landscape designers is slowly making the headlines in an industry which seems to be dominated by males. Personally I would also like to see more women showcasing their talents in the very testing and high profile professional environments of events like the RHS Chelsea Flower show."

She is a speaker at the Times Literary Festival on 4 October and is joining cruise ship passengers on garden tours of the Canary Islands in November.

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