Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 5-20 September 2015

Be part of the international cultural gathering, held in the historic Italian city of Bergamo, to celebrate natural landscapes and how we can use garden design, architecture, ecology, art and education to better connect to our environments








I Maestri del Paesaggio: International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden,
5-20 September 2015, Bergamo, Italy

This annual cultural and horticultural event sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design.

This year’s theme, ‘feeding landscape’, explores the ways in which the natural landscape has been shaped by human agricultural activity. Whether it’s a vineyard, a field of golden hay, a windmill or an irrigation network, every aspect of agricultural activity plays a role in the cultural identity of a country, and these will be considered throughout a range of activities, events and cultural gatherings. Visitors are invited to attend talks, seminars and workshops aimed at both professionals and interested individuals, with a series of free events, open to all of Bergamo’s visitors, taking place in the town’s bars and public spaces.



5-20 September Bergamo’s Piazza Vecchia and Piazza Mascheroni are transformed into relaxing garden spaces by designers Andy Sturgeon, Lucia Nusiner and Maurizio Quargnale.

7-16 September Free pop-up seminars on garden design.

12-13 September Seminar focused on alpines to consider how mountains can be used as productive landscapes.

17-18 September Two-day seminar on perennials with Piet Oudolf, Annie Guilfoyle, Mauro Crescini and Stefano Mancuso.

18 September Choice of workshops.

19-20 September  Weekend conference of the International Meeting, at the Teatro Sociale, with landscape and design experts discussing ‘feeding landscape’. 


For the conference

DATE 18-20 September 2015
 Bergamo, Italy
COST €120 + VAT (see website for discount options)
Cost includes translation service and three-day public transport pass. Optional workshops and Gala Dinner on the 18 September are charged at an additional cost.


Speakers at this year’s event 

Carlo Boni Brivio (Italy) Owner of the organic farmstead ‘Il Cerreto’ in the Tuscan hills, from where he offers agritourism holidays. 

Erik Dhont (Belgium)
Landscape architect whose work merges functionality and art, and celebrates a natural sense of rhythm in the garden.

Roger Doiron (USA)
Founder of Kitchen Gardens International, a non-profit network taking a hands-on approach to re-localising food supply.

Kongjian Yu (China)
Internationally recognised for his innovative and environmentally sound designs. Yu is the founder of Turenscape. 

Darko Pandakovic (Italy)
A landscape architect and professor in landscaping at the University of Milan. He also acts as a consultant for UNESCO.

Pierre-Alexandre Risser (France)
Pierre is a specialist in transforming urban, gardens into soothing, intimate spaces.

Plus Chelsea Flower Show guest Marcus Barnett 
Marcus (UK) has practised as a landscape designer for the past ten years. He has developed a reputation for modern designs inspired by the English garden tradition. This year he won a gold-medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with his garden for The Telegraph, inspired by the De Stijl movement. 







Matteo Carassale (Italy)
An Italian photographer who works in the fields of architecture, lifestyle, travel, portraits, interiors and gardens. 

Cinzia Ester Invernizzi (Italy)
A construction consultant for architectural and landscape projects.

Antonio Perazzi (Italy)
A landscape designer, who aims to create gardens that are ecological and respectful to the environment.


Mauro Crescini (Italy)
Plantsman from perennials nursery Valfredda, who is keen to further the use of species in their correct context.

Annie Guilfoyle (UK)
Award-winning designer and RHS Chelsea Flower Show silver medal winner, Annie is director of garden design at KLC.

Stefano Mancuso (Italy)
Director of the international laboratory of plant neurobiology and professor of plant science at University of Florence.

Piet Oudolf (Netherlands)
Influential Dutch garden designer, nurseryman and author. Key projects include the High Line in New York.


Special offer The first ten Gardens Illustrated readers to sign up for the conference will receive a free pass to the Gala Dinner. Insert the code ‘gdinner2015-gardens’ in the Green Dinner enrolment section when registering for your place. (Offer may not be combined with any other promotion.)








International Centre for Studies in Landscape and Garden Summer School
9-20 September 2015, Bergamo

Students from a range of disciplines, including design, architecture, botany and photography, are invited to apply for this summer school, led this year by landscape architect and professor in landscape urbanism Stefan Tischer and landscape architect Annacaterina Piras.
The 15 selected students will create two landscape projects for construction at I Maestri
del Paesaggio 2016.

Cost €400
Closing date for applicants 20 August 2015

For further information on the summer school and how to apply email or go to 

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