Me & My Job - Tristen Knight, RHS young garden designer of the year

Tristan Knight, RHS Young Gardener of the Year - image: HW
Tristan Knight, RHS Young Gardener of the Year - image: HW

How did you get started in the industry?

I've had four years working with Patricia Fox at Aralia and worked on her RHS Chelsea Flower Show rooftop garden this year. I trained at Loughborough in industrial design and technology and did a garden design diploma at Writtle.

What advice would you give to others starting out?

Go to a reputable college then get in with an established designer, even if you're only doing two days a week - it can be a lonely industry working on your own. It's daunting to come out of college and have to start your own business.

What are your career plans?

I'm going to continue working with Aralia for the near future and have projects for the next six months that I want to see through.

How busy are you work-wise?

There is work around. We're getting a good reputation in the South East with larger residential projects. At Chelsea, we had enquiries from our rooftop garden. We're also working at Chelsea Creek, a job that came out of the flower show. We're working with a lot of people in the financial trade. There is money in affluent areas of London.

What does the RHS young garden designer of the year award mean to you?

It carries a lot of weight. The Silver Gilt at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park was a bonus. I like working with people who are enthusiastic about their gardens and appreciate garden design and materials.

Who are your influences?

I like Christopher Bradley Hole's work, with his architectural background and rigid planting, and Piet Oudolf's planting style. Andy Sturgeon does lovely work as well, and Patricia Fox.

What do you do in your spare time?

I've raced in the Mini 7 championships. I get inspiration from technology, motor sport and composite materials. People don't use materials like carbon fibres and Kevlar in gardens.


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