RHS adds four winners to its Wisley display site

Model gardens chosen through Society of Garden Designers' competition

Four new gardens have been chosen for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) model gardens display at the RHS Garden Wisley. Designs were selected through a competition open to members of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD). The gardens will be added to 11 existing gardens. Sponsored by the international investment fund Witan Investment Trust, the display will be known as Witan Street. Entrants designed a nine-metre-by-six-metre garden for a young, professional couple moving into their first home. It could be traditional or contemporary, but had to reflect a modern style and attitude. The budget for each plot was £14,000, including a design fee of £2,000 to successful designers. The winners are: London-based Catherine Heatherington; Cumbria-based Dizzy Shoemark; and Juliet Sargeant and Andy Sturgeon, both of Brighton. SGD chair Ian Kitson said: “The four winning designs present four quite different approaches to the same plot. They range from a relaxed organic approach to more formal geometric arrangements. “They will offer the visitor dramatic options on how to approach the design of a small garden and, collectively, provide a range of options on materials, enclosures, features and planting styles.” Construction will begin on two of the gardens in December for completion by Easter 2005. The remaining two will be built the following winter.

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