Join the debate on the future of landscape design: 7-25 September 2016

The International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden is an annual cultural and horticultural event held in Bergamo, Italy, that sees an international audience gather to discuss key elements in planting and design: 7-25 September 2016. Find out how you can join in.









I Maestri del Paesaggio: International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden 7-25 September 2016, Bergamo, Italy

This year’s theme looks at Wild Landscape and considers the interaction between man and nature, the dynamic between planning and spontaneity and the perceived appearance of order and disorder. Does a ‘wild garden’ even exist; is it instead the result of the rational action of man, from a rearranging of materials found in nature? And what is the role of the designer in the notion of a wild landscape?

Visitors are invited to attend a range of activities, cultural gatherings and events, including the weekend conference (23-24 September 2016), that take place in the historic town of Bergamo. Talks, seminars and workshops are aimed at both professionals and interested individuals. 

Programme highlights
• 7-25 September Bergamo’s Piazza Vecchia and Piazza Mascheroni are transformed into relaxing garden spaces by designers Stefan Tischer, Lucia Nusiner and Maurizio Quargnale.
• 7-25 September Several pop-up seminars on garden design.
• 10-11 September Seminar focused on the wild component of the Bergamo mountains.
• 21-22 September One-day seminar (on both days) on perennials with Fergus Garrett, Annie Guilfoyle and Mauro Crescini. Photographic workshop on 21 September.
• 23-24 September International Meeting of the Landscape and Garden conference with landscape and design experts discussing ‘wild landscape’.



James and Helen Basson (France)
The couple and design partnership moved to France in 2000 to focus on creating sustainable landscapes with local plants.

Andrea Cochran (USA)
Award-winning landscape architect whose aim is to initiate a deeper respect for the environment through considering art, architecture and landscape.

Lisa Delplace (USA)
Lisa is principal and CEO of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, the renowned landscape architecture firm based in Washington, DC. 

Laura Gatti (Italy)
A landscaper with an agronomic background, Laura works on the planning, design and management
of public and private green areas.

Jenny B Osuldsen (Norway)
Since 1995 Jenny has worked for Snøhetta, an international design practice whose work focuses on sense of place.

PLUS: Chelsea Flower Show Best in Show winner, Andy Sturgeon (UK)
As one of the UK’s most successful garden designers, Andy Sturgeon’s work combines timeless architectural qualities and traditional materials with innovative planting. This year he won a gold-medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with his garden for The Telegraph, inspired by the perspective of geological time and space.


WORKSHOP: 21 September
Claire Takacs (Australia) 

Freelance photographer specialising in photographing gardens and landscapes throughout the world. (Find out more about her work at

Two dates to sign up to this one-day seminar (€110 + VAT).

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

Annie Guilfoyle (UK)
Award-winning designer and Chelsea Flower Show silver-medal winner, Annie
is director of garden design at KLC School of Design. Her approach emphasises right plant, right place.

Fergus Garrett (UK)
Fergus joined Great Dixter as head gardener in 1992 and worked closely with the late, great gardener Christopher Lloyd. He plays a key role in the garden’s ongoing development, as well as lecturing, writing, and serving on Royal Horticultural Society committees.


Landscape and Garden conference
23-24 September 2016 Venue Teatro Sociale, Bergamo, Italy Cost €130 + VAT
(see website for discount options).
Full details of the conference and all events can be found at or email

Special offer The first 20 Gardens Illustrated readers to sign up for the conference will receive a discount of 30% on the conference ticket price. Insert the code ‘GIdiscount-2016’ in the conference enrolment section when registering for your place. (Offer may not be combined with any other promotion.)

To find out more and to register go to

This event is sponsored by Gardens Illustrated


International Centre for Studies in Landscape and Garden
Summer School
15-25 September 2016, Bergamo

Students from a range of disciplines, including design, architecture, botany and photography, are invited to apply for this summer school, lead this year by landscape architect Peter Fink.

The 15 selected students will work to give a concrete answer to the redevelopment of the Avenue of the Motorway, approaching the project through community planning.

Cost €400
Closing date for applicants 28 August 2016
For further information on the summer school and how to apply email

British Flowers Week 2016 - Claire Brown
previous feature Article
How to plan a dry garden plus plant combinations
next feature Article
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here