Published: 15 June 2014
Calling all Budding Garden Designers
The BBC and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have announced the launch of a brand new competition to find the best aspiring garden designer in the UK.
The winner of the competition will win the ultimate prize in horticulture – a chance to design a show garden feature on the RHS Stand on Main Avenue at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015.
This exciting competition will allow anyone except professional garden designers to create a garden feature in the epicentre of the greatest flower show in the world, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The journey will be shown on a brand new BBC Two television series called ‘Designs On Chelsea’ (the working title) which will be filmed around the country this summer. The final will take place at the RHS’s headquarters in Wisley, Surrey.
The television series will be made by BBC Features in Bristol who produce the BBC coverage of RHS Shows at Chelsea, Tatton and Hampton Court, along with Gardeners’ World. It will be executive produced by Robi Dutta and Will Knott. 

“Chelsea is all about horticultural design excellence, creativity and theatre – it’s the pinnacle of the gardening world. We are really excited to be able to help one passionate amateur fulfil the dream of a lifetime,” said Robi Dutta, Managing Editor of Features. 
“We’re really excited to further our partnership with the RHS and to bring an exciting new competitive format to BBC2. This won’t be a walk in the park for the budding garden designers – with one of the biggest prizes in TV on offer it’s going to take creativity, design and plant knowledge, passion, determination and grit to win this competition. I can’t wait to see the incredible gardens this series will produce along the way and to help a new and diverse range of amateur garden designers to show their work to a wider audience. ” said Will Knott, Executive Producer.  
The BBC are looking for keen amateur garden designers and garden design students/graduates to take part in the competition. Filming will take place in July, August and September.

To enter: 
You must be able to demonstrate strong gardening and garden design skills
Horticultural knowledge and passion is important
Anyone other than professional garden designers can apply.
You must be available for a potential minimum of ten days of filming in the filming period
You may be at college studying or have completed a garden design course, but not yet working professionally as a garden designer.
If your entry is successful and you are selected to take part in the competition, you and your garden must abide by RHS rules. 
Information supplied by the BBC
Report and images by Chris Allen
Reported by Chris Allen  

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