Andy Sturgeon is one of the UK’s leading garden designers and has received many awards including twice winning the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award at the Chelsea Flower Show. His modern designs are a fusion of traditional, natural materials with contemporary styling known for their timeless architectural qualities, innovative planting and sculptural characteristics. He recently told Centurion Magazine –
New materials will always play a role in ringing the changes but after a flurry of stainless steel, plastic and glass 15 years ago, all the best contemporary gardens I see nowadays rely on natural traditional materials like stone and timber as well as concrete.
Andy describes himself as a design junky ..Interested in furniture, set design, art, architecture, window dressing and underpinning it all, the natural landscape and is increasingly interested in garden history as there is so much to learn from it.
Commissions range from private roof gardens to iconic commercial projects including public spaces and country estates across the UK and projects in Russia, Hong Kong, Rwanda, Europe and the Middle East. Andy collaborates with Melbourne based designer Jim Fogarty from their shared Singapore office, Garden Design Asia.
Andy lectures around the world and is a published author, journalist and broadcaster and an active commentator in the international garden design sector.
Presentation One – Sources of Inspiration: ideas and allegories for our projects.
Presentation Two – Making the Modern Garden: the history of garden design as a springboard.
Before graduating from the Welsh College of Horticulture in 1987, Andy worked at The Royal Horticultural Society Garden Wisley, and as a landscape gardener. He has travelled extensively in order to observe gardens and plants in their natural habitats. Highlights include a plant hunt in Madagascar and a seed collecting expedition in Kenya for the Millennium Seed Bank.
Andy is a Registered Member and Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers and a British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) registered designer. The practice is a registered practice of the Landscape Institute.
Andy has won seven RHS Gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016 (he was also awarded the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award in 2010 and 2016). Both The Sunday Times and House and Garden Magazine place Andy in the Top Ten list of landscape designers in Britain with recent accolades including Gold Awards from Singapore, Korea and Philadelphia and three of the top awards from the UK’s Society of Garden Designers in 2014.
Other awards span Health Care, Lighting and Swimming Pool Design with principal awards from the BALI in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and the Supreme Award from the Association of Professional Landscapers in 2007. He has also won two International Gold awards from the American Association of Professional Landscape Designers.
His first book Planted shook-up the world of garden publishing with its ground-breaking approach and fresh outlook. His second book Potted helped revitalise the tarnished image of indoor plants by positioning them as stylish, indispensable features of interior design which was complemented by House Plants. More recently, the widely acclaimed Big Plans, Small Spaces was published and he has a book on larger landscapes on the way.