Last week, in reaction to a recent article on LandArchs Network, a discussion broke out on a friend’s facebook page (article here, discussion here). The story was about 10 planting designers to know, and as remarkable as all the people on the list are, the reality of there only being one woman (Beth Chatto) on the list struck a nerve (not just with me but with many other women in this industry). The resulting discussion revealed so many names of women that could also have been on the list. Since I knew so few them, and I wish I knew more of them, I had to write them down for future reference. Here is my list of women landscape designers you should know:
I’d like to interview each one, learn from them and hear their stories (hopefully in this lifetime) but until each of those meetings can happen, I will keep this list. As I have the opportunity to connect with them I will ultimately link these names to those tales and interviews.
The range here is pretty vast as styles go, but I think it is a good start (though surely there are amazing women who are missing). Let me know in the comments who else should be added and I will update.
image Sarah Raven in her Cutting Garden.