Previous Speakers

Emily Erlam

A Sense of Place: Designing Gardens with Impact

The Garden Design Group of British Columbia was pleased to present our second annual garden design public lecture event featuring renowned UK garden designer Emily Erlam.

Emily Erlam has been a practicing landscape designer since 2008 after completing her training at London College of Garden Design and The English Gardening School. She has developed schemes for some inspirational clients who have built new houses or renovated old buildings.

Whatever the project, Emily believes the same methods of work apply: genuine sensitivity to the existing landscape while respecting the integrity of the buildings. ‘This is what enables us to design a garden which is harmonious, and with that invariably comes beauty.’

Her previous career in television and ongoing passion for architecture has assisted in the visual language of her design. In each space she endeavors to create a unique sense of place. Emily runs a small practice in Clerkenwell, London and works with a range of specialist collaborators and international suppliers.





Charlotte Rowe

The Design is in the Detail

On Friday, February 1st, 2019 the Garden Design Group hosted a public lecture by renowned garden designer & RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winner Charlotte Rowe.

Over the last 14 years Charlotte Rowe has built up a portfolio of over 200 designs and over 100 finished gardens which range from tiny roof spaces of less than 10 square metres to large country estates. However, it is perhaps her small spaces for which she is best known and which are in some ways the most satisfying and at the same time, challenging.

“Small spaces require huge attention to detail: accurate dimensions and design, carefully chosen colours and materials and plants which provide year round interest. If any of these elements are left out, a small garden or terrace will simply not work.” CR

Thank you to everyone who attended.

After the presentation, attendees enjoyed Fort Berens wine with small hor d’ouerves in the Ray Whittick Lounge and mingled with our generous sponsors and Garden Design Group members.