Society of Garden Designers announces finalists in SGD Awards 2020 

Company: Society of Garden Designers (SGD)

A shortlist of 23 projects has been announced across 13 award categories include a cliff garden in Bermuda, a roof garden and basement courtyard in an old factory building in London, a family garden on an exposed cliff top overlooking the North Sea and a modern meadow.

Selected by a panel of leading figures in the garden design industry, the projects represent some of the very best in garden design from the UK and abroad. spanning residential gardens, public and commercial spaces and community projects. 

For the first time, the shortlist also includes contenders for the Beth Chatto Award, introduced this year to highlight the global impact ecological planting can have, by recognising a project where the design demonstrates the creative, ecological use of materials and planting to maximise sustainability, minimise maintenance and attract pollinators and wildlife.   


  • Adare Manor, Ireland - Edward Freeman MSGD 
  • Blue Doors - Acres Wild (principal designer Debbie Roberts MSGD) 
  • Changping Penglai Hot Spring - Gavin McWilliams MSGD, John Davies MSGD and Andrew Wilson FSGD 
  • Chiswick Garden - Charlotte Rowe MSGD 
  • Contemporary Courtyard - Marian Boswall MSGD 
  • Courtyard House - Caitlin McLaughlin 
  • East Dulwich - Adolfo Harrison MSGD 
  • Hermitage Lane - Sara Jane Rothwell MSGD 
  • Infinite Possibilities - Rosemary Coldstream MSGD 
  • Lymington Garden - Helen Elks-Smith MSGD 
  • Modern Garden, Hampstead - Rosemary Coldstream MSGD 
  • Modern Meadow - Mandy Buckland MSGD 
  • NHS70 Garden, Addenbrookes Hospital - Bowles & Wyer (principal designer John Wyer FSGD)
  • Pocket Garden - Jane Brockbank MSGD 
  • Ribbon Wheel Garden - Butter Wakefield 
  • Samphire, Sue Townsend MSGD 
  • Sea Dune, Sue Townsend MSGD 
  • Snowberry Hill, Bermuda - Andy Sturgeon FSGD 
  • St Albans Avenue - Jane Ashley 
  • Stylus, Old Street - John Davies MSGD 
  • Sussex Farmhouse - Marian Boswall MSGD 
  • Thornhill Road - Stuart Craine 
  • Urban Courtyard - Caroline Butler 

Finalists in the two SGD student categories will be announced later this month.

The shortlisted projects in the three Residential Garden categories and in the International, Public & Commercial Outdoor Space, Garden Jewel and Beth Chatto categories will now be entered into the People’s Choice Award which opens for votes today (2nd October) via the SGD website The same finalists will also be competing for the highly coveted Grand Award, which will be decided by the main judging panel.

The winners of all 19 awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Grand Award, the Judges' Award and the People's Choice Award, will be revealed at The SGD Awards ceremony on Friday 31st January 2020.  The event, which returns to London’s Landmark Hotel, is the highlight of the garden design calendar. Tickets for the ceremony go on sale online on 21st October. 

Visit the SGD website to see images of all the shortlisted projects in the main award categories.

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