I decided to devote a seperate photo blog to the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award for 2013 as they were so inspirational and extreemly photogenic.
There were three young garden designers aged 28 and under with gardens in this category supporting young talent embarking on horticultural careers. The theme for 2013 was Eco Innovations and each of the designers had ecologically sustainable and biologically diverse gardens.
The winning designer was Tony Woods with his contemporary garden Escape to the City. He is the founder of the Landscape company Garden Club London. The garden had different areas within it that created small micro-climates that had different habitats and feeding points to encourage wildlife into the city garden. His take on the Eco Innovations theme is that you don`t have to compromise on design to have an ecological garden.
The dry stone wall was built to create further habitats for wildlife
A kitchen garden area had space for growing fruit, veg and herbs in reused materials.
Reflective rusted pool containers.
Sustainably grown cedar fence batons, decking made from locally sourced old scaffolding boards and living green wall.
Clever use of scaffold planks and planting
Digitalia `Alba`, Betula trees
Tony`s garden was one that you could get lost in as a photographer as there were so many great angles, ideas and elements to it and it was teeming with insects.
GreEnCO Sense designed by Christopher James was another eye catching and insect friendly garden. The green bottle wall was very striking and well built.
There was also alot of interest in this garden with the media and it was a strong contender for the title. The bold use of pink steps somehow blended in beautifully with the natural planting of the garden.
I have seen lots of logs used in gardens for wildlife but this was a new one for me which I really liked.
This really was a garden to attract insects.
A garden to attract bees was The Bees Garden designed by Florian Degroise.
It had a large area for entertaining with a square firepit and seating made from reused timber.
For me the other two gardens seemed to have more bee friendly planting in them and Eco Innovations
Congratulations to Tony Woods the overall winner and to Christopher James and Florian Degroise. I look forward to seeing next years finalists.
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