Young gardeners of the year 2016
By The Secret Gardener
The Ideal Home Show Young Gardeners of the Year competition is back for its sixth year. The annual awards see six of the UK's top horticultural colleges go head to head to design and build show gardens – in just six days!
The competition was created by TV Gardener David Domoney to champion young green talent by giving students the opportunity to design show gardens.
Each college is given a 5 x 4.5m plot and a design brief to create a sustainable urban garden. It can be in any style, but must inspire visitors to show all that can be achieved in small spaces.
This year, the gardens should also have an educational focus, giving visitors a chance to reconnect with nature and learn about gardens, plants and the environment. This is thanks to the competition’s association with the Prince's Foundation for Building Community.
The six inspiring show gardens will be revealed at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia, London on 18 March. A panel of experts across the horticultural, design and media industries will judge the designs and award bronze, silver and gold medals.
The judges will also choose one garden to win the Best at Show award – and the students will be crowned the Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year 2016!
Then the gardens are displayed throughout the duration of the ideal Home Show and seen by a quarter of a million visitors! The public can also vote for their favourite garden to win the final award: the People's Choice.
MEET THE COLLEGES AND SEE THEIR DESIGNS
Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire
The garden will also feature traditional stone walling and woodland planting with evergreen structure. Colour will come from the subtle pastel shades and spring flowering plants like muscari and hellebores.
Capel Manor College, Middlesex
This garden will be a tropical wellbeing yoga retreat garden filled with lush greenery and secluded spots for relaxation.
The planting will be rich and leafy, including tree ferns and yellow-stemmed bamboo. The garden will also showcase unusual tropical varieties like tillandsia or air plants – these have no roots and absorb moisture and nutrients from the air.
Chichester College, Sussex
The garden will also have structural planting from the evergreen varieties like bay trees and cryptomeria that will be clipped into spheres. Flowering varieties in purple and white will add a splash of colour.
Come and see the stunning show gardens at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia, London from 18 March – 3 April 2016.
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