Announcing the 2011 Garden Show Judges

Announcing the 2011 Garden Show Judges

The Washington State Convention Center is just a cavernous empty space when the show production staff and garden creators begin their magic. The show gardens are created in only 90 hours, beginning Friday evening, with the teams often working around the clock. All of the gardens must be completed, cleaned up, and vacated by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, the day before the show opens – not a moment later. The garden creators and show staff work feverishly in the last remaining hours of Tuesday morning before the judging, putting on their finishing touches and loading up supplies.

Then the judges arrive. To judge the gardens, the three judges spend about four hours carefully scrutinizing each of the 25 gardens, discussing their impressions, and rating the garden for a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Crystal Award. The judges use two parameters: the garden creators’ Statement of Intent (what the garden creator was trying to achieve) as well as general design principles. These principles include use of space, construction details, plant selections and overall aesthetics.

The Garden Show is proud to announce the three 2011 Show Judges. These professionals have the challenging job of awarding the medals to all the major Show Gardens and choosing the Founder’s Cup winner (the best in show award) and the American Horticulture Society Environmental Award.

Dan Pearson, Great Britain

Dan Pearson is a landscape and garden designer with an international reputation for design and planting excellence. He trained at the RHS Gardens’ Wisley and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Dan began his design career in 1987 and in 2002 he opened Dan Pearson Studio in London. He is a weekly gardening columnist for The Observer, and prior to that he was a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. His latest book is Spirit: Garden Inspiration (FUEL, 2009). He has designed five award-winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Nancy Goslee Power, Santa Monica

Nancy Goslee Power ’s ability to integrate cultural and landscape palettes, as well as her keen awareness of how people use space, enables her to create unique, visually striking and well received environments that place her as one of the great landscape designers working today. Based in Santa Monica, she is the author of the classic book, The Gardens of California: Four Centuries of Design from Mission to Modern (Hennessey and Ingalls, 2001) and her award-winning monograph, Power of Gardens, was published in 2009 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. (Photo credit: Victoria Pearson)

Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver

Panayoti Kelaidis is a plant explorer, gardener and public garden administrator at Denver Botanic Gardens where he is the senior curator and director of outreach, where he designed the renowned the Rock Alpine Garden. He travels widely to research and collect plant species, including to South Africa, the Andes, the Himalayas, Europe and Turkey, introducing plants of those areas to North American gardens. He has received the prestigious Scott Medal from the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.  He is the author of Flourish: A Visionary Garden in the American West (3D Press, 2009).

Each of our three judges will also be lecturing in our seminar program on Wednesday and Thursday of the show, followed by book signings. In addition to the awards given by the three Show Judges, there are six other awards bestowed on the show gardens, including the popular People’s Choice Award. – Janet

1Comment
  • debra
    Posted at 14:09h, 17 September Reply

    Wow-exciting lineup! Can’t wait to see and hear their work, Debra

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