Ever wanted to quiz your favourite garden designer? Well now’s your chance. As part of our coverage of Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we’re holding a series of Instagram Q&As with top garden designers. Ask them a question and they’ll answer them on Gardens Illustrated’s Instagram stories.
Either post your question using the form below, or send us a message on Gardens Illustrated‘s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (make sure you say who it is addressed to!). Don’t forget to ask questions about both their experiences of Chelsea and the designer’s own practise. We’ll collate a list of questions and the designers will answer as many of them as possible on our Instagram stories at the times below.
Nigel Dunnett: Tuesday 19 May from 10am
Jack Wallington: Wednesday 20 May from 10am
Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg: Thursday 21 May from 10am
Tom Massey: Friday 22 May from 10am
Head to our instagram stories to watch them respond to the questions.
Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, and is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to planting design. He is a plantsman, designer and pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input, high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse, and tuned to nature.
Jack Wallington is a landscape designer based in Clapham, South London, who works anywhere around the world creating and delivering designs for outdoor spaces, transforming them into something unique and beautiful. He has twenty years of experience growing audiences for major online publishers, magazines and newspapers and writes a weekly column for The Telegraph about the joys of homegrown food from his allotment.
Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg are Harris Bugg Studio, an award-winning landscape design practice with projects located in the UK and Europe encompassing public, historic, botanic, and high end residential gardens. Named “pioneering design talents of their generation” by the Royal Horticultural Society, they are listed in Country Life Magazine’s Best Garden and Landscape Design Practices in Britain 2018 and 2019; Architectural Digest included them as the only landscape designers in their Global Design Talent special of October 2018 describing the spaces they make as “…soulful gardens that are rich with meaning, mystery, and relevance”; and covering their work in September 2019, House & Garden Magazine described them as “intuitive, enthusiastic and extremely hard-working”.
In 2015, Pro Landscaper magazine named Tom as one of the inaugural ’30 Under 30’; thirty people under thirty years of age who show outstanding potential within the landscape industry. In January 2016 Tom won both the residential and commercial design categories of the ‘Society of Garden Designers – Student Awards’. In July 2016 Tom was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ for his first show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – The UNHCR ‘Border Control’ Garden was designed in collaboration with John Ward, for the UN Refugee Agency. Tom designed a large show garden that appeared on Main Avenue at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018. The garden was designed to improve the lives of a community of refugees living in Domiz Camp in Northern Iraq. As well as running his design practice, Tom lectures at the London College of Garden Design, based at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Tom also gives guest lectures and seminars at industry trade shows across the UK.