Sophie Walker

 

Based in London, Sophie practices in the UK and internationally.  Her expansive new design for the De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands, will open on 16th September 2017 in celebration of their 25 year anniversary.  In Haywards Heath, UK, Sophie is currently working on a commission to redesign the Round Dell of Borde Hill Gardens, due to open to the public in September 2017.  In London, Sophie is working in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects and Anish Kapoor as one of ten short listed teams for a UK government commission for a new national Holocaust Memorial on the River Thames besides the Houses of Parliament. She has received a commission to design a public memorial garden in memory of the great human rights activist Helen Bamber. Private UK-based projects include residential gardens in and around London and a large scale design on the Sussex coast.  Sophie’s enthusiasm for travel has led her to projects as far afield as Japan, India and Sri Lanka. 

After studying art history, Sophie returned to her studies to qualify in horticulture, plant science and later, garden design.  In 2014 Sophie became the youngest woman to design a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with Cave Pavilion, sponsored by the Garden Museum, London.  

Sophie enjoys working with rare and unusual plants.  For her garden Cave Pavilion, at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Sophie worked with modern-day plant hunters Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones to produce a 'fully-traceable' garden of previously un-exhibited plants.  Her interest in plants has extended to her private projects and she is currently working in the Bahamas in collaboration with the Bahamian National Trust.  

Sophie's first book, The Japanese Garden, will be published by Phaidon in October 2017.  In her writing, Sophie contemplates the conceptual and philosophical ambition of the Japanese garden and its abstract nature. This comprehensive publication features 92 of Japan's finest gardens, ranging from historic shrine gardens to contemporary urban designs.  

Sophie has previously won the People's Choice Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace for her A Valley Garden as well as a RHS Silver-Gilt Medal Show Garden and an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Silver Medal for Cave Pavilion.

Aside from the designing and making of gardens, Sophie also lectures on conceptual garden design and on the Japanese garden.  A qualified horticulturalist, Sophie advises on planting, maintenance and the garden environment.