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RHS National Young Designer of the Year 2013 – show gardens at Tatton Park

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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.

Winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City designed by  Tony Woods built by Garden Club London

Winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal “Escape to the City” designed by Tony Woods built by Garden Club London

The dry stone wall was built to create further habitats for wildlife

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Escape to the City Designed by Tony Woods winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

A kitchen garden area had space for growing fruit, veg and herbs in reused materials.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Reflective rusted pool containers.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Sustainably grown cedar fence batons, decking made from locally sourced old scaffolding boards and living green wall.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Clever use of scaffold planks and planting

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

Digitalia `Alba`, Betula trees

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 winner of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013 and Gold Medal Escape to the City Designed by  Tony WoodsBuilt by Garden Club London

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.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

GreEnCO Sense designed by Christopher James built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

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.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

I have seen lots of logs used in gardens for wildlife but this was a new one for me which I really liked.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

This really was a garden to attract insects.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 GreEnCO Sense Designed by  Christopher James Built by Graduate Landscapes Ltd Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

A garden to attract bees was The Bees Garden designed by Florian Degroise.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Bees Garden Designed by  Florian Degroise Sponsored by RHS Built by Paul Butler Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

The Bees Garden designed by Florian Degroise
built by Paul Butler Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

It had a large area for entertaining with a square firepit and seating made from reused timber.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Bees Garden Designed by  Florian Degroise Sponsored by RHS Built by Paul Butler Silver medal in the RHS National Young Designer of the Year award 2013

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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Author: Stephen Studd Photography

Stephen graduated from LCP in London in 1987 with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in photography. Since then he has travelled the world as a professional freelance travel & garden photographer. His photography has been published in many areas around the globe; from front cover of National Geographic magazine, to countless travel books, brochures and print media. His work has also been used in many advertising campaigns, with clients such as Fiat, Citigroup, Caribou Coffee, Expedia, BBC and countless others and his photography has picked up numerous international awards.. Stephen leads travel photography holidays and tours to Burma, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Vietnam & the USA. He also leads Bluebell photography workshops in Gloucestershire and landscape photography workshops in the Gower, Wales. http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com Stephen can be contacted for commissions via his photography website.

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