Sophie Walker

 

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.  

After studying art history, Sophie returned to her studies to qualify in horticulture, plant science and later, garden design.  Based in London, Sophie practices in the UK and internationally.  Sophie has a keen interest in public space.  In London, she has recently received a commission to design a public memorial garden in memory of the great human rights activist Helen Bamber, who died last year.  In Haywards Heath, Sophie is currently working on a commission to redesign the Lower Dell of Borde Hill Gardens.  Private UK-based projects include residential gardens in and around London.  Sophie’s enthusiasm for travel has led her to projects as far afield as Japan and Sri Lanka. 

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 is currently writing a book on the Japanese Garden, which will be published by Phaidon in spring 2017.  The publication contemplates the abstract nature of the Japanese garden and features one hundred of the most accomplished gardens in Japan, 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.