Garden designer lands prestigious accolade

Amanda Patton
Amanda Patton

A garden designer from Storrington has taken one of the two most prestigious awards at the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) annual awards ceremony.

Amanda Patton received the Judges Award in front of an audience of more than 300 guests.

The accolades were presented at a ceremony in London on January 24 where 18 awards were announced including recognition for community garden projects, international schemes, excellence in public and commercial outdoor space and a special lifetime achievement award.

The Judges’ Award was given to Amanda for a private garden in Somerset, a project that the judges felt most successfully achieved one of the central foundations of good design – a sense of place.

The garden, which also took the award for best Medium Residential Garden, was described by the judges as ‘a simple idea expertly integrated into its surroundings’.

On presenting the award, judge Richard Sneesby said: “The beautiful planting, creative use of traditional materials and craftsmanship, and an intelligent and judicious nod to the 21st Century, remind us of where we are now and where we have come from.”

Amanda is a multi-award winning garden designer with awards from the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows as well as industry awards including Best Garden £60,000-£100,000 in the 2010 Association of Professional Landscapers’ awards and the SGD’s Planting Design award in 2012.

The Society of Garden Designers has been championing excellence in garden design for more than 30 years.

It is the only professional association for garden designers in the UK and counts some of the UK’s leading garden and landscape designers among its growing membership.

It is active nationally and internationally, promoting its aims of supporting and maintaining the highest quality of standards within the membership through its journal, workshops, seminars, conferences and links with the construction industry.

Amanda has been a Registered Member of the Society, the highest membership category within the SGD, since 2006.

She founded her practice at the beginning of 2000 following on from a 20 year career as a professional illustrator, and has created more than 130 gardens for a diverse range of clients.

Describing her style as natural and modern, her work focuses on creating gently contemporary gardens, using predominantly natural materials and with a naturalistic planting style.

Based in Storrington, Amanda works throughout the south of England.

You can view more of her work on her website: www.amandapatton.co.uk