RHS to celebrate 10 years of RHS Young Designers with bumper final at RHS Tatton Park

The RHS is increasing the number of RHS Young Designer finalist gardens to be built at next year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park from three to five to celebrate 10 years of the competition.

Woods delivered the design and build of the floating pocket park. Image: RHS
Woods delivered the design and build of the floating pocket park. Image: RHS

The contest, open to both new and experienced garden designers aged 28 or under, has helped launch the careers of garden designers Hugo Bugg, Tony Woods, Sam Ovens and Tamara Bridge.

Several Young Designer winners have gone on to win medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Bugg in 2010 and Ovens in 2014. Ovens also won a Gold Medal at the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year.

RHS Young Designer finalist Kate Savill and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge designed The Jo Whiley Scent Garden as part of the BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Gardens’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, while Tony Woods, who won the title in 2013, has forged a successful career designing for unusual spaces, including the John Lewis roof garden and London’s first floating pocket park at Merchant Square in Paddington.

RHS Young Designer finalist Kate Savill and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge designed The Jo Whiley Scent Garden as part of the BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Gardens’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, while Tony Woods, who won the title in 2013, recently made history by creating London’s first Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square in Paddington.

Each successful finalist will receive expert mentorship, advice and support from award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, along with a grant of £11,500 to bring their garden designs to life at the show from 18 to 22 of July 2018.

Hervey-Brookes said: "I am thrilled to be mentor in the RHS Young Designer competition, especially for this very exciting 10th anniversary. Year on the year the designers and gardens have been more and more accomplished so I can’t wait to see what a new group of talented hopefuls bring."

Entries are through the RHS website, before 24 November. 


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