Nigel Dunnett is professor of plant design and urban horticulture at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University and is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to plant design. He is a gardener, designer and pioneer of the new ecological approach to the planting of gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to obtain landscapes with low input and high impact that are dynamic, diversified and in tune with nature. Nigel’s work is based on decades of detailed experimental research and widespread practical application: he works as a designer and consultant and regularly collaborates with a wide range of other professions, and his work has been widely applied in the UK and abroad. In 2016 Nigel was appointed ambassador of the Royal Horticultural Society and is a former international member of the Garden Club of America.
Nigel’s projects include: The Queen Elizabeth London Olympic Park (chief designer of plants and horticultural consultant, together with James Hitchmough); The Barbican Centre, London (new planting schemes for podium landscapes); Sheffield Gray to Green (planting project for the UK’s largest internal green street retrofit city and sensible scheme
on the water). Nigel is a gold medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In November 2018 Nigel won the 2018 Landscape Institute Award for Planting Design, Public Horticulture and Strategic Ecology, and the Landscape Institute Fellows Prize for Most Outstanding Project, both for The Barbican, London.