Arabella Lennox-Boyd is one of the leading landscape designers working in the UK. She has been designing for over fifty years and has landscaped more than seven hundred gardens worldwide, including six Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal gardens, and Best of Show winner in 1998.
In this talk to celebrate the publication of her new book Gardens in my Life, Arabella will look back over her extraordinary career, taking us on a tour of the gardens that have had a particular interest or meaning to her. In conversation with Alastair Layzell, director of the upcoming Sky Arts documentary series The Art of the Garden, Arabella will discuss the inspirations behind the design and plant combinations in her famous herbaceous borders, and impart some expert wisdom on planting and landscaping.
Italian by birth, Arabella Lennox-Boyd is one of the leading landscape designers working in the UK. She has been designing for over fifty years and has landscaped more than seven hundred gardens worldwide, including six Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal gardens, and Best of Show winner in 1998.
Her many commissions range from commercial projects, such as the roof garden at No. I Poultry in the City of London; gardens open to the public, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee and Airfield Garden and Farm in Dublin; small town gardens; large country estates, including the development of large-scale master plans and Mediterranean and tropical gardens. Her larger private projects include the gardens at Eaton Hall, Cheshire, gardens and parkland in the US; and further large gardens in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Barbados, Canada, the Ukraine, Moscow and the USA.
She is a trustee of the Chelsea Physic Gardens; on the Scientific and Education Panel of the International Dendrology Society, a member of the RHS Woody plants committee, and a trustee of the Tree Register of the British Isles (T.R.O.B.I.).
Lennox-Boyd was awarded the prestigious RHS Veitch Memorial Medal for her work in Horticulture, and an Honorary Doctorate of Design (HonDDes) from the University of Greenwich where she is also a member of The Assembly. She received the International Prestige Prize Torsanlorenzo in recognition of her lifelong commitment to innovation in design and the prestigious Premio Firenze Donna prize for her outstanding achievements both as a landscape architect and as a businesswoman.
Previously, she served for nine years as a Trustee of Kew Gardens, was a member of The Historic Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage and sat on the Heritage panel for six contemporary Heritage gardens. Was a Trustee of the Yorkshire Arboretum for over 25 years and on the Council of the IDS until she retired because of age. She was a founding member of the Martin McLaren Horticultural Scholarship and Patron of the Painshill Park Trust.
Alastair Layzell has made over 600 documentaries since he founded Colonial Pictures in 1988. Among his first series was Great Houses of Europe with Marcus Binney. Since then, his work has included City at War with Walter Cronkite and Alastair Stewart (PBS/ITV), Treasure Houses of Britain with Selina Scott (SKY), Gardenmakers with Joe Swift (ITV), Queen & Country with Trevor McDonald (SKY), Peter Ackroyd’s Venice (SKY) and major feature-length documentary films such as One PM Central Standard Time with George Clooney and A Time for Greatness with Morgan Freeman. He is currently producing and directing The Art of the Garden featuring the country’s top garden designers. It will air on Sky Arts in the spring of 2022.