SGD Fellow and renowned garden designer, author, broadcaster and educator David Stevens FSGD has been named as this years recipient of the Society of Garden Designers Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, which is gifted by the Council of the Society of Garden Designer, is granted to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the landscape and garden design profession. Previous recipients have included Penelope Hobhouse, Piet Oudolf, Beth Chatto, Christopher Bradley-Hole MSGD, Andrew Lawson, Fernando Caruncho, Robin Williams FSGD and Charles Jencks.
Speaking on behalf of the Council, SGD Chair, Lynne Marcus MSGD said: "David Stevens has been designing gardens worldwide for over fifty years. He has 26 RHS Chelsea medals, 14 of which have been Gold, and he has won three 'Best in Show' awards. He has also written 21 books on garden design and is one of our leading Educators.
David has had an immense influence on the growth and development of garden design both through his own work and as a teacher. He was there at the inception of the Society of Garden Designers; he is ‘one of our own’. There can be no one more deserving as a representative of our profession and values to win the SGD Lifetime Achievement Award in our 40th Anniversary Year.”
Speaking about the Award, David Stevens said: 'Winning The SGD Lifetime Achievement Award is very special, particularly when it is gifted by those who are designers themselves. It encourages you to think back over your career which, for me, has been full of enjoyment, creativity and the pleasure of working among friends around the world from whom I have learnt a great deal. The work we all do is never ending, there is no limit to age or time and we are privileged to be able to continue with it indefinitely, we are indeed the most lucky people.'
The Award was announced at The SGD Awards 2021 Ceremony in London where a short film, made to mark the occasion, was shown to the audience.
Images of all the winning gardens in the SGD Awards 2021 can be seen on the SGD website visit www.sgd.org.uk