It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland

Arts Interview: Award-Winning Garden Designer Juliet Sargeant

August 7, 2016
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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

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Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Juliet Sergeant
This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing award-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant. This year, Juliet designed the Modern Slavery Garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s world-famous Chelsea Flower Show. The garden was a thought-provoking conceptual evocation of modern slavery and was the first social campaign garden in the flower show’s 104-year history. It was awarded a Gold Medal and the coveted People’s Choice Prize. Juliet Sargeant has been winning awards for 20 years for her imaginative solutions to complex garden problems, including awards from the Society of Garden Designers in 2012 and 2015, for sustainability and hard landscaping design. Having previously worked as a medical doctor and with a degree in psychology, Juliet sees gardens and landscapes as central to the health and well-being of individuals and society as a whole. Through her garden design business, Juliet creates truly individual spaces for clients, which help them to connect with the landscape and enjoy the full potential of their gardens. 

In addition to her degrees in medicine, Juliet Sargeant has a BA Honours degree in Garden Design and teaches professional garden design to students at KLC School of Design based at Hampton Court Palace, and also recreational courses to garden enthusiasts. In addition, she is a visiting lecturer for the world’s leading museum for art and design, the Victoria and Albert museum in London. She is former Chair of The Society of Garden Designers, and is now on the Royal Horticultural Society selection panel for show gardens and she acts as a judge as well. Juliet has had her gardens featured on the BBC, Channel 4 and Meridian Television, as well as in several magazines. She also works as a presenter fronting video pieces for the BBC. She writes occasionally for the garden press and has co-written a planting book with Catherine Heatherington called A New Naturalism. Juliet Sargeant is a finalist for the GG2 Leadership Awards 2016, which for 16 years has celebrated leaders and role models in the community. She has also been nominated as a London South Bank ‘Change-maker’. Juliet sees garden design as an art form, and looks forward to the day when gardens will be fully valued for their contribution to society. 

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