Previous Speakers

Annie Guilfoyle

What Makes a Great Garden?

Saturday, February 26, 2022

A free online lecture sponsored by the Garden Design Group

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning garden designer, writer, instructor, and international lecturer based in England. Her design work has been featured in garden books and on television. For 18 years she was the director of Garden Design at the KLS School of Design. She is the Garden Course Consultant at West Dean College and runs design courses at Chanticleer Garden in Pennsylvania and at Viviao Valfredda in Italy.

Annie’s writing appears in the Society of Garden Design Journal and she is a regular judge for the SGD’s annual awards. In association with Gardens Illustrated, Annie and Noel Kingsbury established Garden Design Masterclass, a program of workshops and webinars that brings together gardeners and designers from around the world.



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.