Society pledges to continue mentoring talent

The RHS will ensure a young designer show gardens scheme remains at Malvern Spring Flower Show in 2012 despite Bradstone's four-year sponsorship of the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship ending this year.

This year's winner was Caroline Butler, who was competing against 10 other finalists. She used a range of Bradstone products in her "In the Balance" show garden, which won her a 12-month experiential garden design mentorship.

The prize will see Butler working alongside Beardshaw and receiving business advice and technical support from Bradstone, as well as gaining work experience within the industry. This will culminate in them designing and building a garden for the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Chelsea 2011 Bradstone Fusion Garden has been designed collaboratively between the 2010 Chris Beardshaw scholar Maria Luisa Medina and Bradstone's new product development team under the direction and guidance of Beardshaw.

RHS shows development director Bob Sweet said both the RHS and Three Counties Show Committee were committed towards developing talent in young people. At the moment there is no firm decision, he added, but the priority is still with Bradstone and Chris Beardshaw.

Beardshaw said he wanted a revamped scholarship partnership with Bradstone from 2012 to concentrate more on plant materials and added that talks would start with Bradstone soon after Malvern - Bradstone confirmed this.

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