RHS looks to the designers of the future

By on July 24, 2009

LAUNCH OF NATIONAL SEARCH FOR YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2010

This year’s regional competition, jointly funded by the RHS and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), is being used as a launch platform for the national RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year competition taking place at Tatton in 2010.

The competition is open to anyone under 28 and has been introduced to give young designers funding to create a show garden at a national gardening event which enjoys national prime time television coverage. With a reputation for nurturing fresh talent that pushes the boundaries of horticultural creativity, the RHS Show Tatton Park is the natural home for this national quest.

The entries will be judged to strict RHS standards, and will be led by RHS Chairman of Judges, Andrew Wilson; Chris Young, Deputy Editor of The Garden magazine; top London landscaper Tony Heywood, and Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at the Northwest Regional Development Agency.  The three finalists selected from the entrants will each receive £12,000 of funding to realise their ambitions at the 2010 RHS Show Tatton Park.
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In this year’s regional competition, two finalists were chosen to create a garden at the RHS Show Tatton Park based on a hypothetical client brief, to demonstrate their horticultural skills and creative thinking. 

Lee Belgrau of Reaseheath College achieved RHS Gold with ‘Red Rhythm’, a very modern and bold entry featuring a still water pool, raised decking, red planting and iridescent stone paving, created to make a contemporary garden with a visual impact.  

Warrington’s Andy Gibson (23) and Paul Duffy (20) also impressed the judges with their ‘Revolution’ garden, which was awarded an RHS Silver medal.  They creatively mixed new ideas with traditional plants that have fallen out of favour in recent years to create a peaceful place to relax for a young couple.

Kris Hulewicz, show manager for the RHS Show at Tatton Park, says: “We want to ensure the future of horticulture is bright, which is why we have created a specific platform to help young talent break into the competitive world of garden design. 

“This unique opportunity will place raw talent alongside seasoned professionals, all working to the world-class standards expected at RHS shows.”

Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism at the NWDA, added: “The Young Designer of the Year competition brings a whole new element to the RHS Show at Tatton Park, adding to its visitor appeal and setting it at the forefront of new, innovative garden design. It will engage a whole new generation of garden enthusiasts and will ensure that the RHS Show Tatton Park continues to attract new audiences.”

The deadline for entries for next year’s competition is 30 November 2009.  More information is available at www.rhs.org.uk/tattonpark.

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