Gardening Scotland announces first prize winners

Gardening Scotland, has announced its first prize winners, with the best design proposals for the year's Show gardens having been selected in advance of the event.

In the Knitted Garden
In the Knitted Garden

The Artisan Garden Design Competition is aimed at garden designers, landscapers and colleges who submit plans for Show gardens for Gardening Scotland 2015, which takes place on 29-31 May 2015 at the Royal Highland Centre near Edinburgh. 

The competition was created for the first time last year, in direct response to feedback from visitors who told organisers that what they most wanted to see were gardens that they could envisage having at home.

As a result, Gardening Scotland is offering an annual Award of £2,000 which will go towards the Show garden design that demonstrates the best set of plans for delivering a garden that is both stylish and desirable.

Judges for the garden designs are Dougal Phillip and Lesley Watson of New Hopetoun Gardens and Gwyneth Hardy from Tern TV, series producer of the BBC's Beechgrove Garden.

For 2015, two winning gardens have been selected, the judges having been unable to separate them. Each winner will receive £1000.

The winners are Susan White from Scotland's Rural College SRUC for ‘In the Knitted Garden’, highlighting plants used for textiles, and a team of students from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) for 'A cryptogamic journey… from Edinburgh to Logan', which celebrates the RBGE’s renowned fern collection across all four of its gardens, as well as its fern conservation and reintroduction work.

Phillip said: "The Artisan Award is a great way of recognising inspiring design and rewarding those who put forward a really strong proposition. The winning garden should be filled with surprise, delight and inspiration and as judges we expect to see extensive and creative use of plants.

"Every year 35,000 garden lovers visit Gardening Scotland and the show offers a shop window for landscapers, designers and students. We need to make sure that we are offering visitors what they want to see and giving them realistic inspiration to take home. I believe that these two designs will do that and I look forward to seeing them come to life at the end of May."

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