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RHS Young Designer of the Year 2014 – show gardens at Tatton Park

This years theme for the RHS young designers was ‘Avant Gardening’ where the contenders were encouraged to have a daring touch of invention showing new techniques with experimentation. The three contenders that were chosen to design their first show garden at Tatton Park were, Sam Ovens, Clare Broadbent and Alex Schofield under the mentorship of Paul Hervey-Brookes an international multi award winning garden designer.

The winning garden was ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ designed by Sam Ovens who said of his garden “I wanted to show that sometimes the simplest things are the best things,” his garden also picked up a Gold medal.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

2014 RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden at Tatton Park flower show

This was the first garden myself and a colleague started photographing after having a look around the show gardens on the build up on Monday. It had an air of relaxation and calmness and the backlit Stipa Gigantea were very eye catching in the evening light at 7pm. The area the young designers are given at Tatton is perfectly placed for sunrise and evening light, a photographers dream.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden at Tatton Park RHS flower show 2014

Returning the next day at 5.30am I headed straight back to Sam’s garden as I wanted to see the garden with rusted fencing bathed in the early morning glow of warm sunrise light.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Sam Ovens – The Sky’s the Limit garden bathed in sunrise light.

His garden had small concrete stepping stones leading to the decking and the seating area.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Concrete stepping stones in Sam Ovens garden at Tatton Park.

The rest of the garden was densely planted with many varieties of grasses and ferns, with plants such as Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, Verbena bonariensis and Agastache ‘Blackadder’ scattered amongst them.

RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year award winner Sam Ovens - The Sky's the Limit garden at Tatton Park Cheshire RHS flower show 2014

Dense planting in Sam Ovens garden.

Sam has a very bright future ahead of him after winning the coveted award of young designer of the year 2014.

 

Another Gold Medal garden and finalist was WorkOUT designed by Clare Broadbent (Horticon Design), which had an outdoor gym theme.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show WorkOUT garden designed by Clare Broadbent one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Gold medal

WorkOUT garden designed by Clare Broadbent- Gold medal winner

This wasn’t a garden that I warmed to, maybe because I joined a gym once and didn’t really like the machines, I find gardening in my organic garden and allotment, carrying around heavy photographic gear workout enough. The design had lots of strong ideas such as the rowing machine that had Archimedes’ screws which aerates the pond whilst also creating a workout and the exercise bike turned a water wheel in the pond. I liked the pommel horse bench idea.

Archimedes’ screws that offer workout opportunities and also aerates the pond

Archimedes’ screws that offer workout opportunities and also aerates the pond

One of the gardens that lots of the photographers immersed themselves in was Prehistoric Modernism by Alex Schofield which was awarded a Silver Gilt. The garden was designed for sun worshippers and had coloured Perspex panels in burnt frames to highlight the concept of heat.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards – Silver Gilt

The panels created their own micro climates and optical lighting effects around the garden. I liked the Echinacea ‘White Spider’ that were scattered around the garden, especially the ones placed by the coloured panels.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards – Silver Gilt

As a garden photographer it was tough to get an overall shot of the garden without it having a show garden setting as the design was open plan with no walls as a backdrop to hide any of the tents or fencing.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Alex’s garden with two tiered lounge decking seating area and Feuerring fire.

Despite this Alex’s garden had lots of very strong visual angles to look at and photograph, I will be following his career.

Tatton Park 2014 Cheshire RHS flower show Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield one of the Young Designer of the Year Awards - Silver Gilt

Prehistoric Modernism garden designed by Alex Schofield

Tatton Park is a showcase for the young designers and I wish them all the best in their garden design careers, with a special congratulations to the overall winner Sam Ovens. I look forward to following all their careers in the future and I look forward to next years competition.


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

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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RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2013 – show gardens

After last years drive up to Knutsford for the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in torrential rain, the omens were looking much better this year – red sky at night – photographers delight. As always for us photographers it was another early pre-dawn start, which is always made much easier with clearer weather as we are always on the search for that perfect dawn light.

The lay out at Tatton this year has changed so myself and other professional garden photographer colleagues on press day played search the show gardens. The show gardens were split into four categories, Galaxy Gardens, Large Gardens, Small gardens and an area for the RHS National Young Designer of the Year finalists gardens (of which I have devoted a seperate blog). After a quick run round looking for where the show gardens were located, there were a few gardens that really caught my eye

The “Gravitational Pull” Galaxy Garden designed by previous Gold medal winners Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis was the first eye catcher on my way in.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

The garden was inspired by the gravitational forces around a black hole, particularly the gravitational pull which enables it to absorb mass from its surroundings. The conical shaped centrepiece was constructed from steel and reused scaffolding boards. Inside the cone a triangular shoot of water obscured the end of the vortex, giving a great visual effect.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Gravitational Pull Designed by Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

The garden had a very strong presence and was a well deserved Gold and Best Galaxy Garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by  Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Gravitational Pull Designed by Brendan Vaughan and Leon Davis in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

I liked its cutting edge design that appears to be Brendan & Leon`s trademark at Tatton. It is also a garden that would fit in well in the Fresh Gardens section, which showcases the best in contemporary design, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A Stainless Century designed by Phil Hirst celebrated 100 years of the invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley in Sheffield. There was a 3m tall central stainless steel pergola, a rill depicted the pouring of molten steel from a crucible and what at first looked like bark chippings turned out to be rusted steel highlighting the importance of stainless steel as a non-corrosive material.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by Phil HirstSponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst sponsored by Sanctuary Group built by Garden Style awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

Elements in the garden were inspired by Phil`s surroundings in Sheffield, such as his decorative wall panels which are an interpretation of the car park in Sheffield known as the cheese grater.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by Phil HirstSponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst sponsored by Sanctuary Group built by Garden Style awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

There were lots of well thought out details including this fence with cut outs of objects that are made of stainless steel.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by  Phil Hirst Sponsored by Sanctuary Group Built by Garden Style Awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst awarded Gold Medal and Best Large Garden

This was Phil`s first show garden and he turned steel into Gold and won Best Large Garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 A Stainless Century Designed by

A Stainless Century Designed by Phil Hirst

The Mypod Garden designed by seven Landscape Architecture students from Leeds Metropolitan University was about escapism from stresses, pressures and about recuperation with a central Pod encased in a sedum living dome.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a Pod Built by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt and Most Creative Large Garden

The walk down into the earth had some neat details such as the circles cut out from steel on the path and the Yorkshire dry stone wall and moorland planting.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by  Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a Pod Built by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt and Most Creative Large Garden

The path led down to the partly underground secluded retreat. The garden was awarded Most Creative Large Garden and Silver Gilt.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Mypod Garden Designed by Seven Peas in a PodBuilt by Greatscape Landscapes awarded Silver Gilt

Inside The Pod

The dawn light hitting the The Water Garden had the photographers interest.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Water Garden Designed by  Harry Levy Sponsored by The Pond Building Company awarded Silver Gilt

The Water Garden Designed by Harry Levy
Sponsored by The Pond Building Company awarded Silver Gilt

Usually I am waiting for warm light to hit a garden, however for the Reflections of Japan Garden I was waiting for the garden to be in shadow as I had envisioned a set of black and white photographs to give a more minimalist Zen feel to the garden.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Reflections of Japan Designed by Graham Hardman
Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Reflections of Japan Designed by  Graham Hardman Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

Reflections of Japan Designed by Graham Hardman
Sponsored by Bury Hospice awarded Gold Medal

I first spotted giant pebbles in the Brewin Dolphin Garden designed by Robert Myers at Chelsea this year, their presence gave a Zen like calming influence with their polished surface. The Networks: A Garden for Cancer Research designed by Mary Hoult also made use of them.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Networks: A Garden for Cancer Research Designed by  Mary Hoult awarded Gold Medal

A Garden for Cancer Research Designed by Mary Hoult awarded Gold Medal

The Alzheimer’s Society “Remember to Reflect” Garden Designed by Louise Harrison had large stepping stones over a reflective pool that led to a contemporary stone seating area.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Alzheimer's Society Remember to Reflect Garden Designed by Louise Harrison Holland Blue Tulip Garden Design Sponsored by Mills & Reeve awarded Gold medal

Alzheimer’s Society Remember to Reflect Garden Designed by Louise Harrison-Holland
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve awarded Gold medal

Having my own organic allotment I was naturally drawn to the The Home Guard-ener designed by Gary Hillery & Ken Walton of Finchale college. It was designed to show how families relied on their edible garden during the Second World War.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 The Home Guard-ener Designed by  Gary Hillery & Ken Walton Sponsored by Finchale College awarded Silver Gilt

The Home Guard-ener Designed by Gary Hillery & Ken Walton Sponsored by Finchale College awarded Silver Gilt

The layout of the show gardens took some getting used to this year as they seemed a bit too scattered around and many had distracting backgrounds for photography, but they were not short on innovation and were packed full of great inspirational ideas.

Tatton Park RHS Flower Show 2013 Gravitational Pull Designed by  Leon Davis & Brendan Vaughan in the Galaxy Gardens category awarded Gold medal and Best Galaxy Garden

Inside “Gravitational Pull”

Thanks to all the designers, builders and sponsors, I look forward to returning to Tatton in 2014 and photographing the show gardens.


 

For photography commissions my website is www.stephenstuddphotography.com please use the contact form.

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