Published: 25 March 2013
Young Designers at Tatton Park
Once again the RHS are encouraging young garden designers to show their skills at this year's Tatton Park Show.
The National Young Designer of the Year 2013 competition shortlist has been announced with the three finalists showing their designs to the world.
This competition offers a great platform for young designers to make their mark in the horticultural and landscape design industry.  Entries from around the country are invited from students, new and experienced designers who are aged 28 and under on 25th July 2013. 

The Design Criteria

The designs that were submitted highlighted the theme of ‘eco innovations’ with an emphasis on an ecologically sustainable and biologically diverse garden. Throughout the design consideration was given to the use of recycled and reclaimed materials, how natural resources would affect the use of the garden and also what would contribute to the wellbeing and enjoyment of the garden owner when using the space. The environmental impact of the garden construction and maintenance was also considered in the selection process.

There were no restrictions on the style, proposed location or the type of owners and how they may use the garden if it were constructed.

The Competition

The application process stated that all designs were to be submitted by 1st February 2013. All of these were reviewed by an RHS Garden Selection Panel consisting of design, landscape and horticultural experts. From the many submissions they looked at, the panel shortlisted it to six entries. It was these six candidates who were then invited to London for an interview with the panel members, here they gave their presentations so panel members could see and hear the latest details contained within each design.  As a result of this stage of the selection process, three candidates emerged as the designers heading for the Tatton Park Show 2013.  

Their completed show gardens will be judged to the RHS show garden criteria and will be eligible for RHS medals as well as one of them being awarded the title of RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2013.

The Candidates

The three candidates who are heading for the title of National Young Designer of the Year 2013 are

Chris James

Chris James Bsc. PG Dip OCGD is a landscape designer with Graduate Landscapes Ltd based in Liphook, Hampshire.

Florian Degroise

Florian Degroise from France who is a garden designer working in the UK and France

Tony Woods

Tony Woods is a professional horticulturist and designers and founder of GardenClub London.

The Gardening Times has met each of the finalists during an exclusive interview at the recent RHS London show. Individual profiles about each of them and their gardens will be published over the next few weeks.  This will give an insight into the three gardens which will be seen at the Tatton Show. We will be at the show in July to follow their stories and see the results.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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