Concluding our interview series with the judges of TDF Design Awards ‘Landscape Design’ category is our chat with Georgina Reid.
Georgina Reid to judge TDF Design Awards
Georgina Reid is a respected Australian garden design writer and founder of The Planthunter. Georgina joins her fellow judges, Paul and Rick, in sharing her thoughts on The Design Files Design Awards and her hopes from the entries. And for those looking to launch into the landscape design space, Georgina offers some valuable advice.
The most exciting thing about the awards, for me, is that landscape design is actually included!
Georgina, congratulations on being selected as one of the judges for TDF Design Awards. Can you share your thoughts on the awards and being a judge of this inaugural event?
I’m honoured to have been asked to be a judge in the TDF Design Awards. The most exciting thing about the awards, for me, is that landscape design is actually included! There are many design awards out there but very few recognise the relevance and importance of landscape.
What are you hoping to see from the Landscape Design entries?
Lots of things!
I want to see boundaries being pushed. I want to see gardens that speak of the place from which they grow. I want to see plants, plants, plants. I want to see diversity and ecology being celebrated. I want to see materials that are sustainably sourced, sensible, and that resonate with the site and surrounding architecture. Ultimately, I want to see gardens that not only look good but contribute positively to the ecologies in which they exist.
Having been a part of the industry for a long time, Eco Outdoor is excited to be sponsoring the ‘Landscape Design’ category of TDF Design Awards. Would you share with us your relationship with Eco Outdoor and how you’ve used the product in your projects?
Not only an outdoor supply store, Eco Outdoor has long supported connection and conversation within the Australian landscape design industry. This has been invaluable in furthering and expanding the visions of local designers. Eco Outdoor is an important contributor to and supporter of the Australian landscape design industry.
What advice do you have for any creatives starting out a career in the landscape design industry?
Work for someone else before starting out on your own – there’s so much to learn as a landscape designer, and there’s no way you can know it all at the end of a TAFE diploma or university degree. Get a job with a designer you admire and learn all you can from them. As another designer once told me, it’s a lot less expensive to make your mistakes when employed by someone else, rather than yourself!
Listen – Listen to your clients and the site. Don’t arrive with preconceived ideas and don’t think you know all the answers. You don’t. Question, question, question. Listen, listen listen. Then, and only then, start designing.
You’ve produced a plethora of engaging and inspiring content that’s been featured in a wide range of publications. Can you share with us some of your career highlights?
Writing a book. The Planthunter: Truth, Beauty, Chaos and Plants was released last year in Australia by Thames and Hudson and has just recently been released in the USA by Timber Press. The book is a reimagining of what it means to garden, and an exploration of the importance of the act. I am so proud of it, and am so happy that it’s currently weaving its way across the world, sowing seeds of change and hope.
You’ve created an incredible portfolio of private gardens, award-winning displays and best-selling books. What’s next for you?
A very overdue holiday in June – my first since I launched The Planthunter in 2013! I can’t wait.