Garden design course demise poses problem

RHS Young Designer of the Year Sam Ovens says the end of a groundbreaking garden design course taught by TV gardener Matt James has placed a question mark over where garden design stars of the future such as this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Hugo Bugg will come from.

Former RHS young designer of the year, Hugo Bugg - image: RHS
Former RHS young designer of the year, Hugo Bugg - image: RHS

Ovens, 25, graduated in garden design from Falmouth 2012, which was the last year of the course. He said: "It's a real shame it ended because it was a good course and has produced three , Daniela Coray and me. There's nothing else like it for garden design."

Ovens was awarded the prize at RHS Tatton Park for his £12,000 The Sky's the Limit garden, which was 100 per cent planted.

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