Young garden designer finalist uses Homebase experience

RHS young garden designer of the year finalist Kate Savill learnt gardening on the Homebase Garden Academy scheme.

Kate Savill
Kate Savill

Savill, 27, is now design assistant to garden designer and Homebase scheme mentor Adam Frost.
She said: "I've been on a bit of a journey to get to this point and to build my own garden is brilliant." Her Tatton Park young designers garden was created wit a £12,000 RHS grant and represented the physic gardens of England, The design was her first show garden.
The Cornish fine art graduate added: "I'm still with Adam and I've got loads to learn. After this one design I'll another show garden. One day I want to have my own design business."
Savill, who worked on Frost's 2015 Chelsea garden, now wants to design at the RHS's neew 2017 Chatsworth show.
She added: "I was looking for a job and couldn't find one working in s nursery or garden centre
and saw YouTube video Adam, who was talking about there not being enough young people in horticulture and promoting the garden academy. It spoke to me and I applied and got on."
She spent 10 months learning all aspects of horticulture from November 2013 and completed
RHS level one, completed 12 days with Frost learning design and visited Hozelock, Johnsons of Whixley, Mr Fothergill's and Fiskars.
Tamara Bridge won the 2015 young designer prize at Tatton.

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