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Watch SGD Digital Spring Conference 2020 ON-DEMAND

COLOUR: The art, science and experience

We're delighted to announce that the SGD Digital Spring Conference videos and talks are now available to watch online now.

Watch Spring Digital Conference on-demand

  • Watch anytime, from anywhere.
  • Soak in the knowledge & learn from our expert panel of speakers
  • Watch recorded sessions all year round. You will have access to the video on demand archive for 12 months

We know by filming the conference it will provide inspiration & education to those that can't travel, or can't attend. Don't miss out, our LIVE & on-demand coverage is the next best thing to being there.

About the event

Good use of colour can play a major role in the successful outcome of a garden or landscape project. Colour can change our perception of a space, alter our mood when we are surrounded by it, and influence the way we use a garden. But at what point should colour be considered when in a design?

The SGD Digital Spring 2020 Conference will lift the lid on the use of colour in the garden, looking beyond fashions and trends and exploring the subject from all points, from artistic to scientific.

Speakers included:

Stephanie Mahon Steve Martino Benjamin Pope Emily Erlam Jimi Blake Mike Allaby Sarah Morgan

An impressive line-up of speakers included American landscape architect Steve Martino, whose work blends colourful, man-made elements with native plants to reflect the sun-drenched beauty of the American desert; garden designer Emily Erlam, known for her exuberant, colourful planting, sensitivity to the existing landscape and designs will explore the seduction of colour and creation of drama.

Head Gardener and plantsman Benjamin Pope will continue the story looking at colour through eyes on the ground as he maintains and develops a country garden in West Sussex. His talk will explore how colour can be used to create and enhance atmosphere using fruit, vegetables and flowers. Edward Hutchison has used colour as an essential tool throughout his career working as a landscape architect and he will show how his use of colour stretches his creative vision and thoughts as both designer and artist

In addition, Irish gardening consultant and planting designer Jimi Blake will explore the use of colour in his garden at Hunting Brook in County Wicklow, focusing on the colour combinations of flowers and foliage and discussing how he creates tapestries of colour throughout his exotic areas, perennial beds and woodland gardens; and Mike Allaby, author of more than 100 books on plant science, will introduce the often curious reasons as to how and why colour is perceived in the gardens and landscapes that surround us, from a scientific perspective.

The conference will be chaired by Stephanie Mahon, editor of the Garden Design Journal who will examine how colour is expressed and how it changes its nature depending on how it is consumed - either through paint on a canvas, ink on a page, pixels on a screen or light in your garden.

Join us to discover how the right use of colour in garden design – from plants to hard landscaping - can enhance us as individuals, reinforce our connections with the gardens and landscapes we create, and influence the way we use space.

How to register:

Simply register below and we'll send you unique login details for conference. Recorded presentations will remain online for 12+ months access.


How to register:

Simply register below and we'll send you unique login details for conference. Recorded presentations will remain online for 12+ months access.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What sessions are being recorded and streamed?
We're live streaming every session and recording all keynote presentations.

Q. How long will video recordings be made available for?
Videos will be made available for viewing all year round. Our aim is to inspire and educate as many viewers as possible.

Q. When will recorded sessions be made available?
We have dedicated video editors on-site, who will be busy editing and uploading presentations as soon as each session ends.

Q. Due to timezone differences/work commitments I won't be able to watch live. Is there a catch-up service?
Yes - as soon as each session is finished the edit process begins. Videos will be made available within 6-12hrs of each session ending (the quicker the better). You will receive email updates when new content is added to the video on-demand archive.

Q. Who is speaking, and where can I view the program?
View the programme here

Q. Is it possible to test the live stream in advance of conference?
Yes - we'll run a test stream from the venue before the event starts - you'll be invited to join the stream from 8:45AM. We will go live 1hr before conference to test audio and video. Our dedicated support team will also be available via if you have any technical queries.

About the event

Image: Steve Martino

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