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Marian Boswall: Sustainable Gardens

In this talk landscape architect Marian Boswall celebrated the launch of her new book Sustainable Garden, in conversation with garden designer, writer and BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Arit Anderson

In Sustainable Garden, Marian walks us through the process of creating and managing a sustainable outdoor space, offering insights and projects designed to help you lead a more low-impact lifestyle: whether it’s by harnessing natural energy, converting to peat-free compost, reducing your consumption of plastic, saving seeds or creating garden areas from reclaimed materials.

For those looking to make informed decisions but aren’t sure where to begin, Marian – who is a co-founder of the Sustainable Landscape Foundation – shares some of the many big and small ways we can all make a difference in our gardens.

Cover image by Jason Ingram

  • Marian Boswall

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    Marian Boswall

    Marian Boswall FLI, CMLI, MBALI, MSGD, MA Landscape Architecture, MA(Oxon) is a leading landscape architect and horticulturalist, was a lecturer in Historic Garden Conservation at Greenwich University for several years and is a co-founder of the Sustainable Landscape Foundation. Her projects invest in the land for the very long term and wellness is a deeply embedded ethos: Marian works with the way the land can heal and connect us on all levels; in early 2020 she gave a TedX talk on how our gardens can care for us and the earth.

    Marian writes and lectures on sustainable design and was awarded the Garden Columnist of the Year Award for her writing on wellness and sustainable design in 2019. Her gardens have won many awards and are regularly featured in the press. Marian’s further accolades include Country Life ‘Top 50’ Garden Designer, Country and Town House ‘Top 10’ Garden Designer and House & Garden ‘Top 50’ Garden Designer.

  • Arit Anderson

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    Arit Anderson

    Arit Anderson is a garden designer, writer and presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World.

    She spent 25 years working in the dynamic industries of retail fashion and creative events. She managed teams that delivered collections and events across the globe. She balanced this fast-paced career with interests in well-being, working as a therapist and teaching holistic therapies, which led her to travel extensively to the USA.

    It was the joy of having her own garden that enabled Arit to diversify her creative experiences. She found that the visual nature of fashion and the healing properties of her therapies could beautifully meld in the garden.

    Playing with a new palette of colour and materials in her garden, drove her to explore the unique relationships between her love of plants, people and place. After just one season, Arit knew she wanted horticulture to become her work as well as her pleasure.

    She studied gardening at Capel Manor College and whilst there had success at RHS Chelsea 2013 winning the Fresh Talent category for a student design collaboration with two other students. After attaining a diploma in garden design, she won a Gold Medal for her own design at RHS Hampton Court in 2016 in the conceptual category.

    In her designs for both private and commercial clients her ethos includes simplicity and environmental sensitivity – affecting her choice of products and plants at source, with regard to their future setting.

    Working as presenter for Gardeners World, and writing for national publications has enabled Arit to publicise issues about the future of gardening in an ever-changing climate, and promote solutions to the wider public.