2014 Society of Garden Designers Awards

Winner of the Large Residential Garden Award for a country garden in Surrey (see portfolio page ‘Mill Waters, Still Waters’). It also received the Grand Award, the top honour given by the judges.

What the judges said: “This scheme achieves one of the most difficult goals in garden design; it really feels as if it has been in situ for several decades. This is a transformational project. Devised as a journey through spaces, it feels composed and perfectly linked. The garden has a period ambiance, exhibiting confidence of scale. It is a well executed, integrated design with sharp edges softened by sophisticated planting.”

2014 Society of Garden Designers Awards

Winner of the International Garden Award for a country garden on the Channel Island of Guernsey (see portfolio page Guernsey Garden’).

What the judges said “An amazing garden with intense displays of colour and form. Vistas are resolved and connected. This is a very natural design, specific to the site, which establishes a calm, beautiful and textural atmosphere”.

2012 Society of Garden Designers Awards

Winner of the Large Residential Garden Award for a country garden in East Sussex (see portfolio page ‘Traditional Terraces‘ and ‘Ways with Water‘).

What the judges said: “The transformation of this wide-ranging, impressive garden is astonishing. The design showed great spacial sequences throughout and Ian was very sensitive to the surrounding. His design really embraced the extended landscape and rooted the house in the garden. The garden is alive with textures, colour and form, on all surfaces that defined space. Levels are cleverly used, both formally and informally, to maximise the sequence of unfolding views and to blend the varying scales together.”

2008 CLCA (California Landscape Contractor Association) Awards

Winner of the Best Landscape Installation in the State of California with contractors Jensen Corporation and Natural Gardens.

Best Overall Project with contractors Jensen Corporation and Natural Gardens.

2008 Bay Area Sweepstakes Awards

Best Overall Project with contractors Jensen Corporation and Natural Gardens.

2007 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards

Winner of the Landscape and Gardens Award for a large country garden in East Sussex (see portfolio pages ‘Traditional Terraces’ and ‘Ways with Water’).

What the judges said: “A well planned and executed design that works well with both the house and surrounding landscape. Harmonious materials locally sourced make an excellent framework for the well thought through planting schemes. Comfortable within an outstanding rural landscape yet encompassing some modern planting concepts.”

2005 New Homes Garden Awards

Winner of the Best Garden by a Garden Designer and Garden of the Year awards for a large country garden in Hampshire (see portfolio page ‘Views and Vistas’).

2005 Design and Decoration Awards

Winner of the Garden Design Award for a country garden in West Sussex (see portfolio page ‘Country Contemporary’).

What the judges said: “Intelligent planting and use of shrubs and trees creates four distinctive areas of the garden which are perfect for the barn and sit well in the existing countryside. A glorious example of freedom, space and pleasure resulted in this win for Acres Wild. ”

2004 Design and Decoration Awards

Winner of the Garden Design Award for a courtyard garden in central London (see portfolio page ‘City Calm’).

What the judges said: “The garden is a perfect complement to the interior of the house, offering calm, relaxed and comfortable space, with a genuine continuity between architecture and landscape. It is a place to live comfortably in, to entertain in and to enjoy.

Other Awards

Other awards include the 2006 and 1999 BALI Award (British Association of Landscape Industries) with contractors The Outdoor Room and Landmark respectively, the first Hampton Court Flower Show (1990) Trophy for Garden Design, a Business and Industry Commitment to the Environment Award and a Phoenix Award for Memorial Garden Design.