Principles of Garden Design – Online Symposium

Sat 1st Jul, 2023 | 12:00AM
A Live & Online Symposium curated by Michael McCoy | Tickets $95

While the live Symposium was held on the 3rd June, you can now watch the event on catch up, plus 6 extended interviews with our guest presenters, until the 30th June. Read on to find out more…


“This has been fantastic. A feast of ideas and wonderful insights. Thank you Michael for such great questions and assisting the other speakers to share their knowledge and understanding.” Catharine D

“Thanks Michael, fantastically eye, mind and heart – opening, as all the symposiums have been.” Susan R

“That was truly wonderful and so very inspiring. A living life energy. Being honest to the soil. Intuition. Relationship. Loved it all. I’m so inspired. Thank you. Can’t wait for more.” Lisa P


No two designers think the same way when it comes to garden design principles.  So to get a grip on the breadth of design thinking, you’ve got to cast the net wide. In this symposium, we’ll speak to some of the most recognised, the most celebrated, and the most articulate designers throughout Australia and the world about the design principles that guide their work.

Symposium guests contributors include:

Andy Sturgeon (UK – Winner of multiple Chelsea Gold medals and Chelsea ‘Best in Show’ gardens)

Annie Guilfoyle (UK – Curator, along with Noel Kingsbury, of Garden Masterclass)

James Basson (South of France – specialising in dry gardens, and winner of multiple Chelsea Gold medals and Chelsea ‘Best in Show’ 2017)

Barbara Landsberg (Sydney – Landsberg Garden Design)

Andrew Laidlaw (Melbourne – Designer in Residence, Melbourne Botanic Gardens)

Fiona Brockhoff (Melbourne – Fiona Brockhoff Landscape Design)

Ticket’s provide access to the three-hour symposium curated by Michael McCoy, plus 6 extended interviews. 

What’s the cost?  $95 per ticket (incl. GST).

How do I get access to the Symposium content?  Click ‘BOOK NOW’ at the top of the page. Once you’ve purchased a ticket you’ll be sent an email with links to more than 8 hours of Symposium content.

Contributors to the conversation include:

Andy Sturgeon
Since 1988 Andy Sturgeon, internationally renowned Landscape and Garden Designer, has been dedicated to creating dynamic garden design projects for private, commercial, and international clients. Based in Sussex, Andy and his team work on projects across London, the UK, Hong Kong and overseas. Twice voted one of the top 10 garden designers in the UK and winner of numerous awards including 9 Gold Medals and 3 Best in Show at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Andy blends strong design, natural materials and innovative planting to create bold, architectural and timeless gardens and landscapes.

Annie Guilfoyle
Annie is an award-winning garden designer and director of Creative Landscapes. She was the founder and the Director of Garden Design at KLC School of Design for eighteen years, is the Garden Course Consultant at West Dean College in West Sussex and teaches a design course at Great Dixter. Annie teaches, lectures and judges internationally and is passionate about education in horticulture and design.

James Basson
James Basson, with his team at Scape Design, is based in the South of France, creating sustainable, ecological and low maintenance gardens in the mediterranean and around the world.  Inspired by the natural landscape, using a carefully selected plant palette that is perfectly adapted to the individual garden, James endeavours to create results that sit comfortably in their surrounds. Scape Design have won numerous awards including four gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Other gold medals include the Singapore Garden Festival, The Gardening World Cup in Japan, Les Victoires du Paysage and The Philadelphia Flower Show.

Barbara Landsberg
Barbara is fascinated with relationships – with ourselves, each other and our living Earth. The living energy that flows through a healthy and beautiful environment nurtures and enlivens those within it – and it is this relationship that Barbara is most interested in fostering in her gardens. Barbara studied in London at the Inchbald School of Garden Design, and the English Gardening School in the Chelsea Physic Garden. She combines her years of experience and skill in designing gardens with a deep sense of responsibility to the Earth and to those for whom she creates gardens.

Andrew Laidlaw
Andrew is the Landscape Architect at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne where he is responsible for the design and implementation of an extensive range of landscape projects. He completed the design and installation of The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden in 2004 which has won a number of awards including best new tourist attraction for Victoria and landscape of the year in 2005. In 2010 he completed The Guilfoyle’s Volcano Project which has won wide acclaim throughout the country for its innovative planting design.  Alongside his work for the Botanic Gardens, Andrew has taught garden design at Melbourne University for over twenty years.

Fiona Brockhoff
Having grown up in a modernist, late 50’s Melbourne house surrounded by architectural plants, Fiona felt inspired by design from an early age. This awareness of aesthetics combined with a fascination with nature and plants inspired her to embark upon a career that married these loves. After completing a Degree in Applied Science at VCAH – Burnley College, she worked alongside various landscape designers before setting herself the challenge of designing gardens that were uniquely Australian – gardens that were relevant to our busy lifestyles and considered the harsh conditions that Australia’s climate often presents. Her planting design celebrates our unique flora and considers plant choice from a suitability perspective – matching plants with conditions.


Secure your ticket and join in the fun!

  • To purchase a ticket click the ‘BOOK NOW’ button at the top of the page. Upon purchase you will be sent an email with your private link to the Symposium content
  • Note: If you represent a garden club/group, or are a horticulture or garden design student, contact Ash – to discuss discount options


What’s the cost? $95 per ticket (incl. GST).

How do I register? Click ‘BOOK NOW’ at the top of the page.