Peter Reader unveiled his design at a preview of work of part-time diploma students at KLC School of Design in London. Reader, a doctor for 22 years, was up against more than 20 entries from 13 colleges. He won this year's RHS and Wyevale East Nurseries' student design and build award with a garden for "a young arty couple, keen on nature and travelling". It has rills and four zones: Mediterranean, prairie, New English and shade planting.
Reader, who is being mentored by BALI member Brian Herbert, said: "The economy is frightening, but I'm used to working to deliver and am confident. Winning this award is a good career start and Wyevale has taken me to quarries and saw mills." Course director Annie Guilfoyle said: "The best time to start a business is in recession: you can go to college while the economy is low and hit the ground running. There is money out there, not always for elite work but for borders and paving."