Tommaso del Buono takes Grand Award at Society of Garden Designers Awards

Tommaso del Buono and Dan Lobb have won the two top awards at the Society of Garden Designers' fifth annual awards ceremony, receiving the Grand Award and Judges' Award respectively.

The Grand Award-winning garden. Image Tommaso del Buono
The Grand Award-winning garden. Image Tommaso del Buono

Tommaso del Buono won the Grand Award for a series of gardens for a chateau in Provence, which the judging panel called a ‘clearly presented, self-confident piece of landscape architecture’.

The garden, overlooking the Mediterranean, was also named best International Garden. Judges said it was a 'very useable garden on a human scale’ and a ‘very accomplished piece of work.’

The judges decided unanimously to award the Breaker’s Yard community garden, designed by Dan Lobb, the Judges Award. Sited in the ground of the Grade II listed Sutton House in Hackney, the garden was transformed into an inspiring community garden using materials and props such caravans, coaches and trailers to create surreal and fantastical play and multi-functional spaces.

The panel called the project a ‘very well thought out design that works extremely well in its setting.’  They also remarked on the great selection of plants and complimentary materials used to create interesting levels and spaces around the building. The garden was also chosen as the winner in the Designing for Community Space category.

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam scooped three awards on the night in the Roof Garden, Hardscape and Public or Commercial Space categories, while Andy Sturgeon took awards in the both the Small and Medium Residential Garden categories.

The Walled Kitchen Garden at Fulham Palace designed by Lulu Urqhart and Adam Hunt took the Historic Garden Restoration Award. The judges said there was now a ‘sense of wonder stepping into the walled garden of Fulham Palace’ remarking that ‘the garden had regained its purpose, with vegetables and fruit in abundance.’ 

They recognised the sensitive and intelligent choices that had been made, both with the plants and the use of space and said ‘the research and careful attention to the past, whilst acknowledging the present use of the garden had resulted in a thoughtful and exciting restoration.’

Society Fellow John Brookes MBE was awarded a Special SGD Award and Christopher Bradley-Hole was given a Lifetime Achievement award.

The SGD Council said: "Christopher Bradley-Hole has been at the cutting edge of the garden design industry since the mid 1990’s. His contemporary RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning gardens of 1997, 2000 and 2001 lead the direction of garden design into a new era and inspired us all. His work has raised the profile of the garden design profession and the importance of garden design in the planning of new buildings and urban spaces and we are delighted to be able to honour him with thisAward."

First-time winners included Joanne Willcocks who won the Big Ideas, Small Budget award, and Daniel Shea who was named the SGD’s Future Designer.


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