WGC Centenary Garden Competition – Judging Panel Announced

Robert GillChelsea Flower Show, News

SGD - Society of Garden Designers and WGC 100

With submissions for the WGC Centenary Garden competition to design the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Garden for Main Avenue at RHS Chelsea in May 2020 due midnight 2nd October, the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation is delighted to announce a prestigious Judging Panel comprising:

David Green CB QC (Chair) Master, The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
Philippa O’Brien Chair, SGD; Garden Designer and horticultural journalist
Andrew Wilson Fellow, SGD; Director, London College of Garden Design. Garden Designer who trained as landscape architect. Lecturer, author and former judge for the RHS specialising in show gardens
Julie Dowbiggin National Gardening Centre (NGC) & Plant Sales Manager at Capel Manor; Member Chartered Institute of Horticulture.  Member of Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Exhibitor at Chelsea; manages volunteer/ apprentice programme of garden maintenance with experience of garden relocation.
Hilary Thomas Former Head of School of Garden Design at Capel Manor College and author of ‘The Complete Planting Design Course’.  Currently teaches garden and planting design online for MyGardenSchool at Learning With Experts
Ann Aldridge Curator of Terminal 5 Art Gallery, Heathrow Airport and Project team member
Fiona Robinson & Trina Golland Project team members who will represent community view

Lady Salisbury, Patron of the WGC/RHS Chelsea project, has kindly agreed to be verifier of the shortlist, with a casting vote.

Garden designers who have already expressed an interest, are invited to submit:

  • a concept plan with indicative costing for a show garden to be constructed and displayed at RHS Chelsea, size 10m frontage x 22m depth
  • an outline plan of how they intend to engage the local community – both prior to RHS Chelsea, and upon relocation, to include subsequent maintenance
  • a proposal for adaptations to enable the Chelsea garden to be relocated to an accessible site in the town centre providing year round interest

All submissions, comprising no more than 16 pages, are to be sent electronically to caroline.baynes@wgccentenary.org using the WeTransfer website https://www.wetransfer.com.

Please include your surname as part of the file name.

Applicants are also requested to post an A3 print out of their design and A4 copy of the rest of their submission to WGC Centenary Garden Competition c/o Company Secretary, Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation Ltd, 51 Valley Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 7DH.

Following submission of further details of their design and a model of the garden for final judging, the shortlisted entrants will be paid an honorarium of £1,000.  Please note: the judges’ decision is final.

The Centenary Garden is one of many planned events to celebrate 100 years of Welwyn Garden City and its innovative idea of healthy living. More on the Foundation and the Centenary Celebrations can be found on the website www.wgccentenary.org

David Green CB QC (Chair)

David Green CB QC (Chair)

Andrew Wilson with Caroline Baynes

Andrew Wilson with Caroline Baynes