Last week I read how this year’s London’s ideal home show has inspired young garden designers from around the country to get in the garden and get their hands dirty!
Home shows Ambassadors, Diarmuid Gavin and David Domoney, have launched a ‘Young Gardeners of the Year’ competition, in association with the Prince’s Foundation.
At the opening day of the Home show, young gardeners were delighted with an appearance from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The Prince of Wales presented awards to competition winners; Capel Manor won a gold award for their eco friendly garden design. It was built using a cellular storage system with an interchangeable element from bird boxes to a wormery. Using only sustainable materials, it represented a versatile ‘outdoor haven’ away from the hectic city life.
The silver award was presented to Bridgwater; they created a Lily Pad garden design using a modern water garden theme. Lily pad designs were the main feature of the garden along with an outdoor garden room. Finally the bronze award went to Writtle Colleges. This unique design was created by students and called ‘Last Night’s Pizza garden’. It offered a place to relax away from a busy life. This garden design features seating and low maintenance planting; all constructed from recycled materials taken from last year’s Chelsea flower show.
I was intrigued with each unique design. The competition has helped expose young talented garden designers. They showed enthusiasm, diversity and reminded me of how landscape garden design can be pushed to new heights.