GardenDrumRHS Young Designer 2017 announced at Tatton Park Flower Show

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This year’s Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show, Tatton Park, has announced its RHS Young Designer of the Year as 24 year old Ula Maria from Northampton for her garden championing green space in the workplace.

Photo credit: RHS


The theme of this year’s Tatton Park show was inspired by ever increasing working hours and Maria’s design responded to it in a wonderful way. Her garden is a take on the new office trend of ‘hot desking,’ where employees have no fixed work stations but rather hop between desks over the working week.

If hot desking sounds a bit haphazard that’s because it is. Think of the likes of Facebook et. al., who made the practice popular some years ago, which has no slowly seeped into the collective workplace consciences of companies around the globe.

Photo credit: RHS


Maria’s award-winning design is a wonderful foil to the ever increasing chaos of work environments, balancing the hectic, stressful and high-paced world of business with the relaxation, calm and inspiration that only a garden can bring.


Named ‘Studio Unwired,’ the garden consists of several workstations amongst a mix of decking, water features and herbaceous pops of hot colour from species like sanguisorba and kniphofia. Ornamental grasses like calamagrostis feature prominently as well , this time being used as an informal backdrop to the wonderfully bold and chunky design of the pergola.

On being awarded RHS Young Designer 2017, Maria said:

“I’m so happy and incredibly proud to have taken part in this competition. It has been such an exciting and inspirational experience to have the opportunity to do what you really love. I still can’t believe it and I’m so thankful to everyone who helped with the garden.”


Looking at the crop of talent she pipped to take out the top honour, it’s a wonder some gardeners are still bemoaning that millennials aren’t interested in gardening!

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has for years been a stage on which budding new talents strut their stuff before going onto bigger and better things. Several previous years’ winners have gone onto design award-winning display gardens for the main event in the British garden show calendar, the Chelsea Flower Show.

You can find out more about Ula Maria and her design at the RHS Tatton website. For a montage of this year’s Tatton show, watch the video below.


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