Sophie Walker's Cave Pavilion
Garden Design: The Next Generation 17/09/15
Join Tom Stuart-Smith on stage with three young garden designers, Hugo Bugg, Matt Keightley and Sophie Walker as they discuss their current and future projects, their ambition as garden designers and what it's like to exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show!
At 27 years old, Hugo Bugg was the youngest ever winner of a gold medal for a large show garden at Chelsea Flower Show (2014) and is continually billed as one of the young garden designers to watch. Recently commissioned designer of the first Royal Botanic Gardens in Jordan (400 acre botanic garden in the mountains above Amman), Hugo Bugg was named Young Designer of the Year by the RHS in 2010. He has also won two previous Gold medals at prestigious RHS flower shows including Hampton Court Palace Show in 2011 and Tatton Park in 2010 where he also won Best in Show.
As well as designing the Royal Botanic Garden in Jordan, Hugo has also just completed a Tanzanian tropical rainforest glasshouse within the new MUSE science museum, Trento, Italy, designed by internationally recognised architect Renzo Piano.
Matt is an accomplished and Award Winning Garden Designer with over 12 years’ of experience in the Landscaping industry and a BA (Hons) degree in Landscape design, earning himself a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting young garden designers.
He made waves within the landscaping industry in 2014 when, as a debutant to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, he was awarded with the RHS Silver-Gilt Medal and the highly acclaimed BBC People’s Choice Award for his Help for Heroes Show Garden, dedicated to the wounded men and women of the armed forces.
One year later, this time working with Prince Harry for his charity Sentebale, Matt’s ‘Hope in Vulnerability’ Show Garden was awarded another Silver-Gilt Medal and achieved the quite remarkable feat of being awarded the BBC People’s Choice Award for the 2nd year running.
In 2014 Sophie became the youngest woman to design a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Cave Pavilion, which was sponsored by the Garden Museum. Her interest in plants has extended to her private projects and she is currently working in the Bahamas in collaboration with the Bahamian National Trust and on projects in the UK using new and rare plants. In London, Sophie has been commissioned to design a public memorial garden in memory of the great human rights activist Helen Bamber, who died last year.
Sophie is currently writing a book which surveys over 100 of Japan's most significant gardens and focuses on the abstract nature of the Japanese garden; it will be published by Phaidon in spring 2017. She has previously won the People's Choice Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace for her A Valley Garden.
18:30 - 20:00