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RHS young designer competition



September 23, 2017

Sam Ovens in his gold-winning Show Garden at RHS Chatsworth 2017. Photo Mark Waugh/RHS.

The search is on for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Young Designer of the Year 2018 to be held at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Over the last 10 years the young designer competition has provided a unique platform for emerging young talent by offering the chance to create their own Show Garden at a prestigious RHS Show.

Held at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the popular competition will provide more opportunity than ever for new and experienced designers aged 28 and under, by extending the shortlist of finalists from three to five as part of the competition’s 10th year celebrations.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has launched a multitude of budding new talent, with previous finalists and winners going on to design at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg (2010) and Sam Ovens (2014), who also won a Gold Medal at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year.

RHS Young Designer finalist Kate Savill and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge designed The Jo Whiley Scent Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, while Tony Woods, who won the title in 2013, recently made history by creating London’s first Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square in Paddington, London.

Each successful finalist in 2018 will receive expert mentorship, advice and support from award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, along with a grant of £11,500 to bring their garden designs to life.


The RHS Young Designer competition 2018 is now open to those aged 28 years and under.

Application deadline is 24 November 2017.

CLICK HERE for application details.


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