Innovative designs fuse the garden and office
The new RHS Young Designer 2017, announced at Tatton Park, is Ula Maria Bujauskaite from Northampton with her winning garden Studio Unwired, which also won a gold medal.
The competition’s theme was inspired by our ever increasing working hours and three finalists were selected to design a Show Garden demonstrating what the fusion of garden and office means to them.
Ula, 24, designed a contemporary outdoor hot-desk office within an urban setting.
Creating a space that combines tranquillity with a rustic elegance, the garden is designed to transport users out of the crowded and conventional office space into a serene, earthy environment.
She said: “I’m so happy and incredibly proud to have taken part in this competition. It has been such an exciting and inspirational experience to be a part of it and amazing to have the opportunity to do what you really love. I still can’t believe it and I’m so thankful to everyone who helped on the garden.”
Fellow finalist Jake Curley, 25, also received a gold medal for his garden Business and Pleasure, which was inspired by the New York-style rooftops and The Highline.
Anca Panait, 27, designed Prospect and Refuge and was awarded silver-gilt. Her garden offers an enclosed escape from the outside world, using height variations to buffer city noise, creating a space for quiet, undisturbed work.
Last year’s winner Caitlin McLaughlin won gold at RHS Chelsea in May working with designer Sarah Eberle on Hilliers exhibit, while finalist Kate Saville and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge created the Jo Whiley Scent Garden as part of the BBC Radio 2 Feel Good Gardens.
The RHS Young Landscape Contractor (supported by BALI) was awarded to Elliott Hood, 26, and RHS Young Planting Designer 2017 was won by Ben Poulter, 25, for their coastal retreat, Chaos to Coastline Coastal Garden.
The show runs until Sunday, July 23. For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.