Professional category

Excellence in Horticulture and Planting Design

This award celebrates projects that demonstrate excellence in planting decisions, including showcasing high horticultural knowledge. 

It is open to LI members. 

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What we are celebrating

This award celebrates projects which demonstrate excellence in planting decisions, including showcasing high horticultural knowledge.  This could be projects which seek to showcase innovation or a world-class standard of planting design, projects which have overcome particular site challenges, such as soil drainage or drought issues, or projects which set a high standard in issues such as biosecurity and plant health. Projects may be in formal contexts, such as botanical or heritage gardens, or may just seek to bring the best of planting design to ordinary spaces.   

This award is open to different types of landscape works, including (but not necessarily limited to): 

  • Assessment or research 
  • Design: detailed/technical 
  • Design implementation 
  • Management strategy 


To enter this Award:

  • The work may be of any scale
  • Part of the awarded activity must have taken place between July 2019 and July 2021
  • The work may be a stand-alone project or form part of a larger project 

Judging criteria

This award will be scored by an independent panel of judges against our Judging Criteria:

  • Design 
  • Sustainability 
  • Value 
  • Professionalism 

In selecting an eventual winner, the judges will focus especially on the degree to which the entry meets the requirements under the Design criteria.   

Follow this link to read more details on these criteria and the sub-criteria to make sure you clearly identify how your work meets the specific requirements for your category. 


Excellence in Horticulture and Planting Design Award 2020 Winner

An overview from the last years Awards winner on what made their entry successful and much more

Read a blog from the Ground Control, this category 2020 sponsor: “Not caring is not an option”, exploring why caring for our environment has been their company tagline since they bought the business in 2004. Read here