RHS calls for entries for the 2013 National Young Designer of the Year competition

The RHS is calling on young designers to enter its competition which will see three finalists create gardens at next year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to all designers and students aged 28 and younger. The most talented three will be chosen to build a garden at the 2013 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

The theme of this year’s competition is eco innovations. Entrants have to submit a design that considers environmental impact, making use of recycled or reclaimed materials and natural resources such as sun, wind and rain.

Three finalists will each receive an RHS grant of £12,000 towards the total cost of their garden. Deadline for design submissions is 7 January 2013 and show manager Kris Hulewicz said the RHS was committed to promoting horticulture to young people.

"This competition gives young designers a platform to showcase their designs and launch their career to an audience of thousands who visit the show, and many millions more who watch the coverage of the show on television or read about it in print."

Last year’s winner, Tristan Knight, said: "As a young garden designer it is always difficult to stand out from the crowd and kick-start your career, so when I saw the RHS were offering a sponsorship to build a show garden at Tatton Park for the chance to become RHS Young Designer of the Year, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

"Probably the most overwhelming thing was the positive reaction from the public and press. Winning the award gave me more confidence dealing with clients while it gives them the reassurance they are dealing with a recognised RHS award winner."

For more information or application pack email exhibitorapplications@rhs.org.uk or download packs from www.rhs.org.uk/Tatton-2013/young-designer-garden-exhibitors  

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