THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN LANDSCAPING AND GARDEN DESIGN, VOTED FOR BY YOU
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WELCOME TO PRO LANDSCAPER’S FIRST ‘ M O S T I N F L U E N T I A L’ SHOWCASE
ith the phenomenal success of Pro Landscaper’s 30 Under 30: The Next Generation over the last few years, we realise and appreciate that the horticulture sector has an abundance of successful, inspirational and talented people that have been working within it for many years, and who are still guiding the progression of the industry today. With this in mind, Pro Landscaper has launched the accolade to find out who the wider industry believes are currently influencing and shaping the UK’s landscaping sector. To undertake this research, we contacted around 200 well known people within the world of landscaping, these being commercial landscapers, domestic landscapers, garden designers and landscape architects who have won RHS medals or industry awards, leading suppliers, and those who are known to commentate on the sector. Each person was asked to nominate five people who are still working in the UK’s landscape sector today. This supplementary issue of Pro Landscaper contains the results of these nominations: twenty-four of the figures who have inspired people into our industry and made their mark on landscaping and horticulture. We would like to thank the participants for their input. We hope this supplement will be a fascinating and insightful record of those people who are guiding horticulture and landscaping into the future. Enjoy the read.
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A lan Titc hmarsh TV PERSONALITY
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After leaving school at 15, Alan Titchmarsh became an apprentice gardener at his local nursery, continuing with full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Alan was the main presenter of Gardeners’ World and Ground Force; he now presents ITV’s Love Your Garden, which returned for its sixth series this year. The author of more than 50 gardening books, Alan also writes regularly in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, and is the gardening correspondent for The Daily Express and The Sunday Express. Alan has been awarded the RHS’s Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest award the RHS can bestow.
A d am F rost OWNER, ADAM FROST DESIGN
Landscape designer Adam Frost is known for his successes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, having won seven Gold medals, and for presenting on BBC’s Gardeners’ World. Adam was instrumental in setting up the Homebase Garden Academy in 2013, and became an RHS Ambassador for Education and Community Gardens in 2014. He is the author of Real Gardens, RHS AMBASSADOR, LANDSCAPE and this year has launched DESIGNER, GARDENERS’ WORLD The Adam Frost Garden PRESENTER AND PROBABLY THE School, which offers MOST DOWN TO EARTH OF ALL OF courses from garden design THEM. HOMEBASE GARDEN ACADEMY to garden maintenance and IS A REAL BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN hard landscaping. THE INDUSTRY
A d am White
NOT ONLY CREATING AMAZING SPACES FOR HIS CLIENTS, ANDREW ALSO INSPIRES THE NEXT GENERATION OF DESIGNERS THROUGH HIS LECTURES AT LCGD
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PARTNER, WILSON MCWILLIAM STUDIO
Award-winning garden designer, lecturer and writer Andrew Wilson is a founding director of The London College of Garden Design (LCGD) and partner at Wilson McWilliam Studio, a design practice that specialises in contemporary private gardens and landscapes. He is a Fellow and former chairman of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). Andrew has exhibited at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as at the Singapore International Garden Show in 2014; he served as the RHS’s Chair of Assessors for show gardens between 1994 and 2013, and currently judges for the Bloom Garden Festival in Dublin.
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Adam White studied landscape architecture at degree and postgraduate level, and co-founded Davies White Ltd with Andrèe Davies in 2009. Since winning its first RHS Gold medal and BBC People’s Choice Award, the practice, which specialises in the creation of bespoke nature play spaces, has won more than 15 national design, engagement and construction awards – including Best in Show at RHS Hampton Court in 2017. Adam White is president-elect of the Landscape Institute and is the author of Nature Play: Managing and Maintaining Playful Landscapes.
ALAN KEEPS LANDSCAPE GARDENING IN FRONT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC
A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT WHO APPRECIATES THE SOFT ELEMENT OF THE DESIGN. HIS DESIGNS ENCOURAGE PLAY AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF ALL AGES TO MAXIMISE THE USE OF OPEN SPACE
A nd y Sturgeon MANAGING DIRECTOR, ANDY STURGEON LANDSCAPE AND GARDEN DESIGN
Andy Sturgeon is one of the UK’s leading garden designers, having won seven Gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show between 2005 and 2016, as well as Best in Show in 2010 and 2016. Having THIS LEADING DESIGNER worked as a landscape gardener, INFLUENCES THE Andy graduated from the Welsh INDUSTRY’S STANDARDS College of Horticulture in 1987; AND INNOVATION he founded Andy Sturgeon Landscape and Garden Design in 1988. The practice’s work is often featured on television, and Andy has been involved in presenting a number of gardening programmes; since 2005 this has included the Chelsea Flower Show for the BBC.
ANN-MARIE IS A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR OUR INDUSTRY. SHE IS VERY MUCH HER OWN PERSON AND IS QUIRKY, FUNNY AND TALENTED. HER MEDIA WORK HAS RAISED THE PROFILE OF FEMALES WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY
CLEVE PRODUCES SOME OF THE MOST STUNNING GARDEN DESIGNS THAT ARE BOTH UNIQUE AND FEEL TOTALLY AT HOME IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT
C lev e West OWNER, CLEVE WEST LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Cleve runs an award-winning studio in South West London and has been designing gardens since 1990. His first book, Our Plot, celebrates a decade nurturing an allotment in nearby Bushy Park. Cleve is a member of the SGD and has eight RHS Gold medals to his name, including Best in Show at RHS Chelsea in 2011 and 2012. Built in 2012, Cleve’s design for the award-winning Horatio’s Garden at the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust in Salisbury has shown how positive an effect gardens can have on physical and spiritual wellbeing.
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ANN-MARIE POWELL GARDENS
Having studied Hard Landscapes and Garden Design at Capel Manor College, Ann-Marie Powell set up her garden design practice in 1999. Ann-Marie Powell Gardens creates innovative gardens, winning Gold medals at RHS Hampton Court and Chelsea. Ann-Marie has been a popular presenter on The Great Garden Challenge and the BBC’s RHS Chelsea 2016 coverage. She is the author of three garden design books and last year, became a patron of Greenfingers, a charity dedicated to creating outdoor spaces for children who use hospices in the UK.
C hristop her Brad ley-H ole MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHRISTOPHER BRADLEY-HOLE LANDSCAPE
Christopher Bradley-Hole Landscape is a design consultancy that creates innovative gardens for contemporary landscapes. Its designs at RHS Chelsea have been influential in changing the climate for British attitudes to garden design; exhibiting in 1997, 2000 and 2003, Christopher won three Gold medals and Best Garden award. He teaches landscape design to students at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is the author of The Minimalist Garden, which won the Garden Writers Guild Award for Book of the Year 1999/2000.
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D an P earson PRINCIPAL, DAN PEARSON STUDIO
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Dan Pearson trained at RHS Garden Wisley and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, gained student scholarships in Spain and the Himalayas, and spent two years working at the Jerusalem and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens respectively. Dan began his career as a garden and landscape designer in 1987, and was one of the earliest contemporary practitioners of naturalistic perennial planting in the UK. Dan is a member of the SGD and in 2012 was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). He has designed five award-winning RHS Chelsea gardens, the most recent of which won Best in Show in 2015.
D av id D od d MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE OUTDOOR ROOM
David Dodd started as an apprentice gardener in 1987, going on to obtain the National Diploma in Landscape Design & Construction at Merrist Wood College. In 1995 David founded The Outdoor Room, and has taught garden design and construction at Merrist DAVID IS A FORCE OF Wood, as well as lecturing NATURE AND WELL KNOWN at Inchbald School of AND LIKED THROUGHOUT Design and The London THE INDUSTRY. HIS WORK ON College of Garden Design. THE BALI GOLANDSCAPE He leads workshops and CAMPAIGN IS FANTASTIC lectures for industry organisations, including BALI, the SGD and the RHS. After being elected as a director on the BALI National Board, he co-founded GoLandscape, the initiative helping to inspire young people into the industry.
PART OF THE DUO RESEARCHING AND EDUCATING, WITH EVIDENCE-BASED THINKING ABOUT PLANTING IN PUBLIC PLACES, BOTH THEIR INSTALLATION AND THEIR MANAGEMENT
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D usty Ged ge P R E S I D E N T, E U R O P E A N F E D E R AT I O N O F G R E E N R O O F A S S O C I AT I O N S
Dusty Gedge is an international speaker on green roofs, green infrastructure and biodiversity. Currently the president of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations, Dusty Gedge is a recognised authority, designer and consultant on green infrastructure. He is also the co-author, with John Little, of the Small-scale Green Roof Guide, designed to meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts, builders and landscaper contractors who want to build green roofs. Dusty has also been involved in television presenting for a number of UK shows.
J ames H itc hmough HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Professor of Horticultural Ecology in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, James Hitchmough has focused his research on the reinterpretation of ecologically-based herbaceous vegetation within the cultural context of urban public green space. James works as a design and management consultant on a range of landscape projects. Along with his colleague Professor Nigel Dunnett, James was lead planting design and horticultural consultant for London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Pro Landscaper / Most Influential 2017
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Janine Pattison BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, JPS LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Janine Pattison is an award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist who trained with English Heritage at Eltham Palace in London, and at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester. Janine Pattison Studios (JPS) is a leading landscape and garden practice in the South of England. Janine is a Registered Member of the SGD, and as the national design director for BALI, she writes regularly for national magazines and newspapers, and is often invited to speak at horticultural events across the country.
Jamie Butterworth has been recognised in the horticulture industry since the age of 16, when he became a finalist in BBC3’s Young Gardener of the Year. He went on to study Horticulture at Askham Bryan College, and graduated from RHS Wisley with a GREAT AT DRIVING diploma in Practical Horticulture, HORTICULTURE achieving a Distinction. In 2015, AND LANDSCAPING Jamie joined Hortus Loci as the show AS A CAREER TO plant manager, growing the plants to YOUNG PEOPLE be used by some of the world’s leading garden designers at RHS shows. More recently, Jamie has joined the London Stone team as the company’s new horticultural consultant.
Mark Gregory MANAGING DIRECTOR, L A N D F O R M C O N S U LTA N T S
Mark Gregory has been running the multi-disciplined Landform Consultants since 1988 and is an active participant in the landscaping and horticultural industries. Mark is a 20-time Gold medal winner at RHS Chelsea. He lectures across the UK, delivering workshops and seminars for the SGD, BALI and APL; and was also appointed to the HTA Council earlier this year to represent the APL. Mark is a regular RHS Judge and Assessor, and a former member of the Chelsea Gardens Panel.
John Wyer C EO, B OW L E S & W Y E R
MARK HAS BEEN A LEADING INDUSTRY PLAYER FOR DECADES AND CONTINUES TO INSPIRE, EDUCATE AND LEAD ALL OF US IN BOTH WORDS AND ACTIONS. ALWAYS FREE WITH HIS TIME AND ADVICE, ALWAYS APPROACHABLE TO ANYBODY NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE
A GENUINELY DEVOTED SPOKESPERSON FOR IMPROVING THE INDUSTRY WITH BETTER PRACTICE
John Wyer has more than 25 years of experience after graduating with a Landscape Architecture degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1983 and becoming a Member of the Landscape Institute in 1990. John formed Bowles & Wyer with Chris Bowles in 1993, and has designed numerous landscape projects many of which have won prominent industry awards. In 2011, John was recognised as a Fellow of the SGD, having served on its council from 2004 to 2010. John writes a popular monthly blog and is a notable lecturer in the UK and abroad.
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N igel D unnett D I R E C T O R O F I M PA C T, D E PA R T M E N T O F LANDSCAPE, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
NIGEL IS A LEADING LIGHT IN THE NEW NATURALISTIC MOVEMENT OF PLANTING. HE HAS PROMOTED A MORE ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO GARDEN DESIGN WITH GREEN ROOFS, RAIN GARDENS AND MEADOWS
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design, Urban Horticulture and Vegetation Technology at the University of Sheffield. The promotion of urban environments rich in vegetation and nature is central to Nigel’s teaching and research. Together with James Hitchmough, Nigel has been active in design and consultancy, including his work on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where he was the principal horticultural and planting design consultant. Nigel has staged show gardens at RHS Chelsea, winning a Gold medal in 2013.
P hil Tremayne GENERAL MANAGER, T H E A S S O C I AT I O N OF PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPERS (APL)
After he had gained an OND in nursery stock production in 1986 at Pershore, Phil transferred his skills through growing nursery stock, pot plants and bedding, garden centre sales, nursery stock sales management and landscaping. Having progressed to regional business manager at the HTA and then national business manager at the APL, Phil became general manager for the APL in 2017. It is his responsibility to support members, assist in inspections and complaints, and to set up and facilitate local meetings and seminars.
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I’VE NEVER MET ANYBODY WHO CAN MATCH THE TIRELESS ENTHUSIASM THAT PHIL HAS FOR THIS INDUSTRY; HE’S A HUGELY INNOVATIVE THINKER WHO HAS QUIETLY AND ALMOST SINGLE-HANDEDLY LED THE APL TO ITS CURRENT POSITION
R ic k D av ies O P E R AT I O N S D I R E C TO R , W I L L E R BY L A N D S C A P E S
Rick Davies became operations manager at Willerby Landscapes earlier this year. Willerby is a leading commercial landscaping company based at Four Elms in Kent; it specializes in all disciplines associated with the installation and ongoing maintenance of hard and soft landscape schemes, water features and specialist planters. Rick has preserved the ethos of the company that John Melmoe developed over its preceding 30 years; he plans to build on the maintenance side of the business and continue to train individuals.
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Launched six years ago, Pro Landscaper is the UK’s leading business-to-business publication within the landscaping sector. Pro Landscaper is content-driven, expertly designed and immersed in the industry that it represents. The team is also behind a number of hugely successful events, including FutureScape, ScotHort and Pro Landscaper Live, and is launching the Pro Landscaper Business Awards this year. This will be a new cross-industry awards ceremony, highlighting those who make outstanding contributions to our industry and bring people together.
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Sue Biggs DIRECTOR GENERAL, R O YA L H O R T I C U LT U R A L S O C I E T Y ( R H S )
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE RHS AND RECENTLY HONOURED WITH A CBE, SUE IS CONSTANTLY CHAMPIONING HORTICULTURE IN ALL ITS FORMS. I DON’T THINK THE WOMAN EVER SLEEPS
Sue Biggs has been director general of the RHS since 2010. Since taking on the role, the charity has increased the reach of its community gardening campaigns, increased its membership to almost half a million people, restructured its management, and embarked on a £160m investment programme on the future of horticulture. Earlier this year, Sue was appointed CBE in the New Year Honours, in recognition of her services to the environment and horticulture.
THE MASTER PLANNER AND DESIGNER FOR THE NEW RHS BRIDGEWATER GARDEN IN SALFORD, MULTI-NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNER AND NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF THE RHS
Tom Stuart-Smith D I R E C T O R , T O M S T U A R T - S M I T H LT D
Tom Stuart-Smith read Zoology at Cambridge before completing a postgraduate degree in Landscape Design at Manchester University. He set up his own practice in 1998. Tom’s work includes the two-hectare garden around the Bicentenary Glasshouse at RHS Wisley. He has designed eight Gold medal-winning gardens at RHS Chelsea, including three that were named Best in Show. Tom has written articles for the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph, and in 2011 he co-wrote and published The Barn Garden.
Wayne Grills THE ONLY DESIGNER TO WIN GOLD MEDALS IN EVERY CATEGORY AT RHS CHELSEA
Sarah Eberle OWNER, SARAH EBERLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Sarah Eberle qualified and became a member of the Landscape Institute in 1980; she has since been practising landscape architecture and garden design via her own business. During the Nineties, Sarah joined Hillier Landscapes as design director, where she is still a shareholder; she also runs her own practice in Hampshire. Sarah is a highly respected RHS show garden designer, having won nine Gold medals, including Best in Show at Chelsea in 2007, and the George Cook award for innovation twice at Hampton Court. Sarah has also exhibited at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
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C H I E F E X E C U T I V E , B R I T I S H A S S O C I AT I O N OF LANDSCAPE INDUSTRIES (BALI)
Wayne Grills joined BALI in 2011 as its chief operations officer, and was promoted to chief executive in 2015. In his original role within the association, Wayne was instrumental in achieving the systems and processes at Landscape House that were set out in the board’s strategic plan. Now, as CEO, Wayne’s role is to WAYNE INFLUENCES manage and develop BALI into THE ENTIRE LANDSCAPE the trade association of choice INDUSTRY FOR BALI’S MEMBERS for the nation’s landscape AND NON-MEMBERS, VOICING professionals, delivering THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS AND IS exceptional business, A SOUNDBOARD TO technical and promotional THE INDUSTRY support for members.
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