about me

Jihae Hwang

about me

Jihae Hwang

Garden Designer & Environmental Artist

Jihae Hwang studied Fine Art and has been working in the fields of sculpture, installation art and environmental art. She likes to approach gardens from the viewpoint of conceptual art. She is also very keen to refine gardens to a higher level of art from diverse perspectives.
Jihae and her team think hard on sustainable landscaping, ecological rehabilitation and management as well as plants’ surroundings in relation to climate change.

Main work / Career

2011 Chelsea Flower Show, ‘Best Artisan award’ and ‘Gold Medal’ Hae Woo So : Emptying your Mind – Traditional Korean Toilet, UK

2012 Chelsea Flower show ‘President award’ and ‘Gold Medal’ Quiet Time : DMZ Forbidden Garden, UK

2012 Netherland venlo Floriade – Constructed Korean Garden Mudflat : Sewn by Mother’s Hand’ Garden

2013 Central park of Lonsle Saunier, France , permanently installed. (5000m2) Mudflat: Sewn by Mother’s Hand’ Garden

2013 Japan Gardening World Cup (GWC) Korean representative (World’s Top Ten Garden invitation exhibition), Poverty…Its Tranquility

2012-2014/2016 London Pleasure Garden exhibits Quite Time : DMZ ForbbidenGarden

2013 Suncheonman International Garden Exhibition Lugworm Path (8000m2), Mudflat Stage (4000m2)

2013 ‘4th KBEE London’ invited artist 0.001 Water flows downwards

2017 Seoullo7017 ‘Shoes tree’ Installation

2018 Seoul botanic park , Aritisan garden ‘Moving Seeds’

2021 MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary art, Korea) ‘Circular Garden Project : Leisurely and Lively Conversation’

2022 IFLA world congress, IFLA 2022 ‘Kintting of the sun : A Daugher of Valley Wind’ Installation


1999  Established Environmental Art Group ‘Muum’ and subsequently executed over 250 public art projects.
2011  Won the award of ‘Best in Artisan Garden’ and ‘Gold Medal’, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK
(Hae Woo So: Emptying your Mind: Traditional Korean Toilet)
UK London Korean Links ‘Person of the Year’ and ‘Ones to watch out for in 2012
2012  Won the award of ‘President’s Award’ and ‘Gold Medal’ in Show Garden, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London, UK (Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden)
‘Mudflat: Sewn by Mother’s Hand – Suncheon Bay’, Floriade, The Netherlands
Represented Korea at the Gardening World Cup (World’s Top Ten Garden designer invitation exhibition), Nagasaki, Japan
Invited to the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea Won the award of ‘Landscaper of the Year Award’ South Korea
2012-14 / 2016  ‘Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden’, exhibited in London Pleasure Gardens Park, UK
2013 ‘Mudflat: Sewn by Mother’s Hand’ Permanent Installation, Lons-le-Saunier, France
‘Lugworm Path’ & ‘Mudflat Stage’, Suncheon Bay International GardenExpo, Suncheon, Korea
Invited to the 4th Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo,
‘0.001 – Water Flows Downwards’, Oldbillingsgate London, UK
2014 Re-created the work from Chelsea Flower Show – Gwangju Ecology Lake, South Korea
Won the award of ‘Female Leader for Future,’ Woman’s News, South Korea
‘A letter posted one million years ago –Dokdo’ London Miniature Garden Show, in 5th-9th March, The Strand Gallery , a touringexhibition
Peace Art Festival, Photo installation
2015 Kim Dae Jung Convention Center ‘2015 Gwangju Spring flower Expo-Garden construct plan and Director
Invited to the Seoul Garden Festival ‘The sun was shining on the corner’, Seoul, South Korea
2016 DDP ( Zaha Hadid Seoul Design Center) ‘Trouble anxieux’ Installation
MMCA(National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul)
‘Bambalina sp.’ Installation
2017 Seoullo 7017 ‘Shoes tree’ Installation
traffic island garden project in front of Sungnyemun Gate # ‘Trees draw light in the south’
2018 Seoul botanic park # Aritisan garden ‘Moving Seeds’
2019 MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary art, Korea) Roof garden project ‘Vessel’
2021 MMCA (National Museum of Modern and Contemporary art, Korea)
‘Circular Garden Project: Leisurely and Lively Conversation’
2022 Heritage Yuwa
‘Kinttingof the sun : A Daugherof Valley Wind’ Installation , IFLA world congress, IFLA2022

Overseas exhibition and location

– Chicago Korean Culture Center 5941 N. Lincoln AveChicago, IL. 60659
– Korea Tribune 3335 N. Arlington Hts. Arlington Heights, IL. 60004
– L& S Title company 1301 E. Higgins Rd. Elk Grove Village, IL. 60007
– Prowest Cosmetic Dental Laboratory 16 W. Prairie Ct. Hwathorn woods, IL. 60047
– Samsung Electronics America 2895 Greenspoint Parkway Suite 150 Hoffman Estate, IL. 60195
– Korea National Tourism Organization 737 N. Milwaukee Ave. #910 Chicago, IL. 60601
– –Lons-le-Saunier, France