SGD Spring Conference – A State of Flux – Capturing the ephemeral in contemporary gardens and landscape

SGD Spring Conference – A State of Flux – Capturing the ephemeral in contemporary gardens and landscape

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A State of Flux – Capturing the ephemeral in contemporary gardens and landscape

Richard Reynolds, the famous Guerrilla Gardener, chaired the day, with Professor James Hitchmough kick starting the line up of speakers, ensuring any sleepy heads were fully awake, with his lively and highly entertaining talk!  I find him utterly fascinating to listen to and you can’t help but be inspired by his dedicated research into his subject… his passion for plants is really quite infectious!

Darryl Moore and Adolfo Harrison from Cityscapes presented a very engaging mixed media talk about the projects they’ve curated over the last few years.  They discussed some really interesting projects, both temporary and permanent, created through use of multi-media elements, horticulture, and site specific responses.

Sylvain Meyer, a french speaking Land Artist from Switzerland, talked through his take on the Ephemeral.  He showed some wonderful examples of his beautiful art work using materials from nature … but unfortunately, as I don’t speak much French, I hardly understood a word of his talk!  You could say that’s my fault for not concentrating properly at school, and you’d probably be right, but it didn’t seem to really matter as he managed to convey most of his presentation through gestures and entertaining anecdotes, accompanied by some lovely images and photographs of his work.  Wonderful pieces of art work, I highly recommend looking him up!

Deborah Nagan (uncommon) discussed some of her conceptual projects, which were both fascinating and thought provoking, while Jo Joelson and Bruce Gilchrist from London Fieldworks showed examples of their conceptual projects, demonstrating how they integrate their artworks into urban and rural landscapes.

Helen and James Basson finished the day discussing their work in the South of France.  They had a lovey take on working with their environment, local materials, and plants to produce their beautiful gardens.  They were a good choice to finish the day, both charming and entertaining, with an inspiring philosophy and approach to garden design…

All in all, another enjoyable conference!

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