Five young designers battle it out at RHS Tatton Park
This year’s competition at RHS Tatton Park is bigger than ever, with the shortlist of finalists extended from three to five to celebrate its 10-year anniversary.
The contest gives new and experienced designers aged 28 and under the chance to launch their careers and gain exposure at an RHS Flower Show while competing for the title.
This year’s finalists have been selected to design a Show Garden encapsulating what a ‘feelgood’ garden means to them.
Will Williams, 22, from London, is the designer of At One, showing how we can live alongside nature by incorporating homes for wildlife alongside our own, by growing plants for bees and butterflies.
Eds Higgins, 28, from Nottinghamshire, has created Finding [urban] Nature celebrating the hidden charm to be found in wasteland, inspired by a real site in central Nottingham, which transformed into a field of flowers in summer and has now sadly been turned into a car park.
Nicola Oakey, 28, from Lincolnshire, has been inspired by childhood memories of Devon. Her design Raised by Rivers is a pure celebration of the calm, clarity and comfort that water provides.
Jimmy McAdam, 24, from Nottinghamshire, has created the Born to Bee Wild garden, based on the concept of the beehive and the ability of this natural creation to promote life and become a hive of activity.
Stresses of urban living
Max Harriman, 26, from London, has designed Calm in Chaos, with a space to escape the stresses of urban living. Every element is an escape to a tranquil, slower paced way of life.
Competition mentor and designer Paul Hervey-Brookes said: “The RHS Young Designer competition offers a vital and exciting platform for young people in horticulture.
“During my time as mentor I have seen many promising young designers flourish and go on to peruse successful careers, and I’m delighted to continue to offer support and advice for this very special anniversary year.”
The show runs from July 18-22, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.