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Garden Stories 2021

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Design solutions, ideas and inspiration from expert garden designers

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For the Summer of 2021 our new season of info bursts will get into the detail of the projects of some of the UK’s leading designers.

Every Tuesday for 4 weeks our designers will take you on a journey through one of their recent projects from its origins to completion, with contributions from clients and landscapers who were part of the journey.

We’ll get into the real detail of their design approach, construction and planting design. We’ll hear about the small moments that made the project, and maybe the hiccups as much as the triumphs.


Each Info Burst session is at the end of your working day so that you can have the evening free. We start promptly at 5pm with a presentation until 6pm and then time for questions finishing at 6.30pm .

Our Info Bursts are all delivered remotely via online webinar and you will be sent an access code before the event. Each event counts as 1.5 hours CPD.

Tuesday 11th May Amanda Patton BAHons MSGD

Tuesday 18th May Jo Thompson FLI MSGD

Jo is renowned for her approach to planting design and regularly works with leading architects and artists. She has been the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. She is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, an RHS judge, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel and a tutor at the London College of Garden Design.

Tuesday 8th June Carolyn Willitts FLI

Carolyn is a landscape architect with a passion for creating and collaborating. She originally trained as a professional theatre designer and worked in theatre for eight years, an experience that brings a unique and creative approach to her designs. She founded CW Studio in 2012; a design-led, award winning landscape architecture practice passionate about creatingbeautiful and thoughtful landscapes and celebrating outdoor places.

Carolyn won the Institute of Directors Award for Innovation in 2020 and has recently been made a Fellow of the Landscape Institute. She is a visiting tutor for the London College of Garden Design in Kew Gardens and Manchester Metropolitan University’s landscape architecture degree course and is passionate about encouraging the next wave of landscape designers into the industry. Carolyn has been part of judging panels for the Landscape Institute Awards and RIBA Awards and has written for the Landscape Institute and Garden Design Journals.

Tuesday 15th June Gavin McWilliam CLI MSGD MBALI

Gavin graduated with a first in Fine Art before going on to achieve a distinction for his masters in Landscape Architecture at Greenwich University. He is a Chartered Member of The Landscape Institute, Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers and a Registered BALI designer.

McWilliam Studio is one of the country’s leading garden and landscape design practices. Renowned for its creativity, the studio has won over 40 national and international awards, including Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Gold and Best in Show at the Singapore Garden Festival.

Whether working on a bespoke private garden or a commercial project, McWilliam Studio’s projects demonstrate a highly contextual ethos, tailored to the specific needs of clients, yet maximising the opportunities inherent in the site itself. Their work achieves a strong sense of place inspired by the landscape, and enriched with colour, texture and movement to create moments of delight and surprise.

The practice is led by Gavin McWilliam in collaboration with Andrew Wilson and a team of talented associates.

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