Gardeners' World Live opens garden design competition

Thousands of pounds worth of funding are up for grabs for up-and-coming garden designers at this year's Gardeners' World Live.

"We are running two competitions for up-and-coming amateur and professional designers nationwide," said a show representative. "It's a fantastic chance for budding designers and the prize is funding to design and build their own garden at the show.

"This will also make them eligible to enter for an RHS medal and give them the opportunity to show off their talents in front of tens of thousands of garden lovers at the NEC in June."

The first competition - the Career Changing Garden - is open to all designers who have switched careers to become a garden designer. Successful submissions will win £6,000 towards the show garden and there will be four winners. Designs should illustrate the entrant's journey from their previous profession to their new one as a garden designer. The deadline is 2 March.

The second competition - On Your Marks, Get Set, Garden! - is open to amateur and established designers and invites them to stand out from the crowd in design innovation.

The four chosen designers will be given the same set of construction materials for their gardens along with £3,000 for plants and production costs.

The closing date for entry submissions is 30 March.

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