Sustainable Gardens & Landscape -Exology, Bio-Diversity and Design
Webinar October 2020

Develop your design strategy for creating rich, bio-diverse gardens and public spaces with leading experts in the field.

LCGD London and LCGD Melbourne are delighted to offer the first in a new series of conference days looking to the future of garden and landscape design. We have brought together 4 speakers that are experts in their fields to discuss what sustainability really means for garden designers and landscape architects in practice.

The day aims to cover many of the key challenges for designers. It will explain useful tools and develop ideas covering specifying, sourcing and use of materials and the impact that planting design can have on our work to create rich, bio-diverse gardens and public spaces.

The webinar will begin at 8pm AEST Saturday 10th October 2020 and finish around 2.30am AEST Sunday 11th October 2020 with refreshment breaks.

In the spirit of our chosen subject the day will run remotely via online webinar and you will be sent an access code before the event.

TICKETS: $110 + Booking Fees. Secure tickets here.



Andrew Laidlaw
Andrew Laidlaw is a qualified Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist with over thirty years of experience in the industry. Andrew is well known for his in-depth knowledge of plants, design, and his innovative approach to design process.

Andrew is most widely known for his long-standing role as the Landscape Architect at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. In this position, he has designed and developed many projects including the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, Guilfoyle’s Volcano and the recent rejuvenation of the Fern Gully which includes three unique meditation gardens. He is currently working on the new Arid Garden and has just completed the 2020 Master Plan that sets a vision for the RBG over the next 20 years. His projects have also won three gold medals at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Landscape of the Year from the Landscape Industries Association of Victoria, and the 2005 Victoria Tourism Award for Best New Tourism Development.

Andrew has taught Landscape Design at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley campus (previously VCAH) for over twenty-five years, teaching many of Australia’s gardeners and designers. He is a regular presenter on ABC 774’s Saturday morning gardening program and is a regular guest speaker at conferences around Australia. Andrew is one of the founding directors of Global Gardens of Peace: an organisation dedicated to building gardens for vulnerable communities around the world. He is currently working on a new garden for children in the Gaza Strip.

Andrew’s love of plants and nature began in childhood and was inspired by his father's love of the gardens. The childhood memories of playing free in the bush and connecting with nature has inspired Andrew's lifelong passion to not only work with nature, but to help others learn, enjoy and find their own connection with the natural world.

Catherine Bowyer

Catherine Bowyer is a senior expert of environmental protection and sustainability, having spent the past two decades working to deliver more effective environmental policy in Europe. She has worked extensively on delivery of a sustainable and circular bio-economy and promoting climate action through the management of land including the promotion of soil health, questions of resource efficiency, energy use and waste prevention. She has previously providing training to MEPs, UK politicians, the European Commission, key UK government departments and NGOs including RSPB, Friends of the Earth and WWF.

Peter Harper

Peter Harper is a biologist with a particular interest in horticulture. He was Head of Biology at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, ran courses on organic gardening and published The Natural Garden Book in 1994. His wide-ranging horticultural research includes the use of composted cardboard as a soil improver, of urine as a fertiliser, and acorns as a foodstuff. He has tested many horticultural Old Wives’ Tales and found some of them to be true. He recently won a competition to design a 3-acre wildlife-garden for the headquarters of the Royal Entomological Society in Hertfordshire. He now lives in Wiltshire and teaches sustainability at the University of Bath.

Mark Laurence

Mark Laurence has been a sustainable garden and landscape designer, in practice since 1987 and a member of the SGD since 2006. His work has always had an ecological and sustainability bent, even before the words were in common use and he developed a wide range of skills from designing biologically-filtered water gardens, to developing climate-specific plant palettes. Use of salvaged and renewable local materials has also featured heavily in his work.

For the past 12 years Mark has developed and worked extensively with living walls, with many installations in the UK, plus others in Chicago, Norway, Iceland and the UAE. In this time, he has also worked as a consulting arborist in the Middle-East.

Mark became a committee member for the SGD in the beginning of 2019 with the remit of Technical and Sustainability and he believes that garden design must change radically to remain relevant in an era of climate crisis. His passion and focus now is to create beautiful gardens which are adapted to climate change, reconnect and empower people, reduce the level of external inputs needed and create homes and refuge for our precious wildlife.

Dr Mima Taylor. Landscape Consultant/Lecturer

Mima Taylor is an experienced, Kew trained, horticulturist, botanist, ecologist and landscape consultant. During her time at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew she won awards for design and went on to work for Landscape designer Christopher Bradley Hole, with whom she won three consecutive gold medals at the Chelsea flower show, 2004/5/6 as the chief planting adviser.

A move into public planting saw her beginning the slow change of bringing sustainable planting using grasses to public spaces. A Masters at Imperial college led to a doctorate at Sheffield University, under the supervision of world-renowned James Hitchmough who designed the Olympic park in Stratford. Her focus became the ever-increasing pressure to improve the condition of the UK’s urban green spaces, in terms of vegetation.

Her ESRC/NERC funded research doctorate (2010-2017) entitled Barriers to naturalistic planting in inner city parks was a multidisciplinary study that scrutinised the technical and cultural challenges of improving urban greenspace diversity, with the aim of improving the lives of city park users with plants, using available resources.

She has undertaken numerous consultancies, with clients ranging from architects, to residents’ groups; most recently with Turner prize winning architects Assemble to help them to realise a “winter garden” within the confines of a terraced house in Toxteth.

Mima teaches, lectures and writes. She has recently developed a new course taught at Kew called Sustainable planting and dynamic landscape management which is now in its third year. Mima will be working more with LCGD London in the coming year.

Get your popcorn ready. This event isn't to be missed.

TICKETS: $110 + Booking Fees. Secure tickets here.