SGD Spring Conference 2020

Date: 18th July 2020
Location: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

COLOUR: The art, science and experience

Following this year’s sell-out Autumn Conference we are delighted to announce that tickets for the SGD Spring 2020 Conference are now on sale.

Join us on 18th July 2020 to hear an impressive line-up of speakers lift the lid on the use of colour exploring the subject from all angles and explaining how the right application – not only in plants but also in hard landscaping – can enhance us as individuals, illuminate our connections with the gardens and landscapes we create, and influence the way we use space.

Colour is a vast subject. Good use of colour can play a major role in the successful outcome of a project and is not determined by daylight alone. At what point in the project should colour be considered? How do we approach designing with colour for people from different cultures? What colours do our pollinators prefer? Do children really like bright primary colours?

The Spring 2020 SGD conference, COLOUR: the art, science and experience will answer all these questions and more, revealing how the use of colour can change our perception of space, alter our mood and how it can even be used in subconscious ways to control our behaviour.

The conference will be chaired by Stephanie Mahon, award-winning editor of the Garden Design Journal.

Good use of colour can play a major role in the successful outcome of a garden or landscape project.  Colour can change our perception of a space, alter our mood when we are surrounded by it, and influence the way we use a garden.  But at what point should colour be considered when in a design? 

The SGD Spring 2020 Conference will lift the lid on the use of colour in the garden, looking beyond fashions and trends and exploring the subject from all points, from artistic to scientific. 

An impressive line-up of speakers will include American landscape architect Steve Martino, whose work blends colourful, man-made elements with native plants to reflect the sun-drenched beauty of the American desert; self-confessed 'bad boy of landscape architecture' Claude Cormier, renowned for his originality and creativity, who will explain why he believes landscapes should be more assertive; and garden designer Emily Erlam, known for her exuberant, colourful planting, sensitivity to the existing landscape, and designs that harmonise with buildings and their setting.

In addition, Irish gardening consultant and planting designer Jimi Blake will explore the use of colour in his garden at Hunting Brook in County Wicklow, focusing on the colour combinations of flowers and foliage and discussing how he creates tapestries of colour throughout his exotic areas, perennial beds and woodland gardens; and Mike Allaby, author of more than 100 books on plant science, will introduce the often curious reasons as to how and why colour is perceived in the gardens and landscapes that surround us from a scientific perspective.

The conference will be chaired by Stephanie Mahon, editor of the Garden Design Journal, who will examine how colour is expressed and how it changes its nature depending on how it is consumed - either through paint on a canvas, ink on a page, pixels on a screen or light in your garden.

Join us to discover how the right use of colour in garden design – from plants to hard landscaping - can enhance us as individuals, reinforce our connections with the gardens and landscapes we create, and influence the way we use space.