Society of Garden Designers


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Richard is a landscape architect, garden designer, author & until recently was course leader of the award winning degree course in GD at University College Falmouth. He has presented a number of TV series, was co-author of The Garden Maker’s Manual & wrote the ‘how to design’ sections of the RHS Encyclopedia of GD. He runs a landscape & garden design practice,

has won a number of design awards, delivers specialist workshops for the SGD & been an external examiner & assessor for many landscape and garden design courses at home and abroad. Richard will be judging the main awards.

Deborah is a Garden Historian who has an in depth background in the History of Art, Design and Architecture.

She has been lecturing in Garden History for fifteen years and currently teaches on KLC's Garden Design course at Hampton Court Palace and runs her own courses in Garden History at Burgh House, Hampstead.

She is currently obsessed with Italian Renaissance Gardens, finding any opportunity to visit them which continues to delay the completion of her first book.

Deborah Trentham

Meet the Judges


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Richard Sneesby

Arabella St John Parker

Arabella is Houses & Gardens Editor for Homes & Gardens magazine and has enjoyed gardening since childhood, when her father set aside patches of garden for her and her siblings to cultivate as they wished. Arabella chose to grow an unusual combination of carrots and cornflowers, carefully sown in neat rows. Today she enjoys visiting other people’s gardens and, as a gardening editor, working with and learning from real experts in the gardening world. Arabella will be judging both the main awards & student award

A panel of independent and respected experts, including designers, academics, journalists and horticultural professionals, will be selecting the shortlisted and winning designs.





    Judging will be by an independent panel

     appointed by the SGD Council.  The

     judges’ decisions are final and no

     correspondence will be entered into.  


•     Judges will provide feedback for the

     winning entries only. No individual

     feedback will be provided.


•     Should the judging panels feel that none

     of the work meets the required standard

     then an Award may not be given.  

     No correspondence will be entered into.

     No  individual feedback will be provided.


   The People’s Choice Award is decided

      by public vote.


    The SGD Lifetime Achievement Award

      is awarded by SGD Council.


   The organisers reserve the right to add or

     remove judges, amend entry criteria and

     amend or merge or withdraw Award

     categories without notice or explanation.


Sarah Eberle FSGD

Sarah is a landscape architect and garden designer with 30 years’ experience; she is known as a ‘fusion style’ designer, producing work of an eclectic mix. Sarah is also a regular designer on the RHS garden shows circuit and has Fifteen RHS Gold medals including Best in Show Chelsea 2007. Sarah works from her home in Hampshire. Sarah will be judges the Main Awards.

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Julie Toll FSGD

Julie Toll has been designing gardens in the UK and abroad since 1982, gaining international recognition by winning 7 gold and 2 silver medals including Best in Show at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. She has always had a deep passion for gardens and horticulture – she trained at Pershore College of Horticulture specialising in tree and shrubs before studying to become a garden designer at the English Gardening School. Her lifelong interest in the natural world lies at the core of her design philosophy. Her inspiration has been garnered from a deep knowledge of plants and natural materials always working with the environment in a sustainable way. Julie's work has been featured extensively in the media.

Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning designer and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal winner.  She has a BA Honours Degree in Garden Design from Middlesex University. Annie combines running a successful garden design consultancy with lecturing internationally and writing on the subject.  Annie’s design work has featured on several televisions programmes, such as BBC Small Town Gardens. Annie is also the director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, and Garden Course Consultant at West Dean College, near Chichester, West Sussex.  In her role as director of Garden Design at KLC, she has been instrumental in establishing the highly acclaimed garden design courses. Many of Annie’s students have gone onto to become successful, award-winning designers.

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Andy Sturgeon FSGD

Judges - Main Awards

Judges - Student Awards

Judge - Main & Student Awards

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Debbie Roberts MSGD

Andy Sturgeon FSGD has been dedicated to creating dynamic external spaces for private, commercial, and international clients since 1988. Based in Sussex, his practice works across London, the UK, Hong Kong and overseas.Twice voted one of the top 10 garden designers in the UK and winner of numerous awards including 7 Gold Medals and twice Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy blends strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless landscapes.

Award-winning garden designer Debbie Roberts MSGD established Acres Wild in West Sussex in partnership with Ian Smith MSGD in 1988. They specialise in the design and master planning of larger country gardens throughout Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire, as well as the Channel Islands (Guernsey) and abroad.  They create unique and timeless gardens with enduring appeal and a harmonious sense of place.