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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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A garden photographers reflection on the show gardens at RHS Tatton Park show 2012

The one thing I remember about going up to Tatton Park last year was the drive there in rain the likes of I haven`t seen before, except in the monsoon in Asia. I nearly turned back twice as the road conditions were so bad, though I am pleased I didn`t. The wet summer of 2012, Diamond Jubilee year is now legendary..

The Diamond Garden designed by Russell Watkinson awarded Bronze Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Diamond Garden designed by Russell Watkinson awarded Bronze

Today sweltering in 30C heat in my studio, conditions are looking much better for the exhibitors and designers (though undoubtedly of course this year it will be too hot!)

The Mornflake garden won Gold and Best Show Garden. I had to wait some time to get some good photographs of this garden as the wind was quite fierce and light not so good until one evening when the sun filtered through, which quite often happens at Tatton.

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The stonework for this garden was really well executed and the stone circle above had me transfixed at the craftsmanship.

The Mornflake garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Mornflake Garden designed by Janine Crimmins awarded Gold and Best Show Garden Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

As a garden, travel and landscape photographer I walk around the gardens before photographing them to see which ones catch my eye (invariably they turn out to be show winners). Last years show there were a few that I wanted to train my lens on and I hoped for good light.

Owen Morgans show garden To the Beat won Gold and Best in Show in the orchestra gardens category.

To the Beat designed by Owen Morgan awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

To the Beat designed by Owen Morgan awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Again in that early evening Tatton light the garden really came to life and was one of my favourites along with The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis. I remember taking some time over this garden and Brendan coming over for a chat, I told him I was taking some time, which was a good sign, it was later awarded gold.

The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Science of Strings designed by Brendan Vaughan & Leon Davis awarded Gold Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

One of the reasons I like photographing at Tatton is there are usually some very innovative gardens.

Borinda paperifyra bamboo Untie the Wind garden designed by Sheena Seeks awarded Gold & BEST VISIONARY GARDEN

Borinda Paperifyra bamboo Untie the Wind garden designed by Sheena Seeks awarded Gold & Best Visionary Garden
Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

In my own garden and organic allotment I like to incorporate reused materials. I was tipped off on twitter to check out Tristen Knight`s garden Brownfield Beauty which was inspired by a passion for 19th and early 20th century industrial architecture on brownfield sites. His rill incorporated reused materials and gained him the title of RHS National Young Designer of the Year.

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Brownfield Beauty garden designed by Tristen Knight awarded Gold and RHS National Young Designer of the Year Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I also liked the use of this old red letter box in the Sister Suffragette garden designed by Janet Leigh.

Sister Suffragette designed by Janet Leigh awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Sister Suffragette designed by Janet Leigh awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I am pleased that gardens are getting more and more insect friendly and each year more innovative, though I did have mixed views about this tower block insect hotel.

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Though the garden was very eye catching.

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

Nature Squared designed by Reaseheath College FdSc Garden & Landscape design year 2 awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

This garden I sat in one evening after a long 2 days of photography and felt really relaxed and contemplative in it.

A Prison Garden for Rehabilitation through Wellbeing garden designed by Katharine Wills awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

A Prison Garden for Rehabilitation through Wellbeing garden designed by Katharine Wills awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I look forward to seeing the new look RHS Tatton show for 2013 as it has been re- designed into four colour coded zones to make it easier for visitors to find areas they are interested in, lets hope it doesn`t miss out the innovative gardens.

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

I am a member of the Garden Media Guild and secretary of the Professional Garden Photographers Association. I specialise in photographing show gardens, allotments, organic gardens, plant portraits and illustrating books & magazine articles.

To view my portfolio and to discuss commissions please visit my website www.stephenstuddphotography.com or visit my portfolio on the PGPA site; http://www.professionalgardenphotographers.com/portfolios/stephen-studd

I also teach private 1:1 (or for small groups) sessions on garden & flower photography which are ideal for garden designers, bloggers or for those who have a keen interest in garden/flower photography. During these tailor made individual sessions you will learn quick and easy steps to produce great images and how to make them ready for your website, blog or social networking sites.

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The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

The Bombe designed by Heather & Gareth Battisson-Howard awarded Silver Gilt Tatton Park RHS flower show 2012

A recent survey showed that gardeners and florists topped the list of happiest workers.

Having travelled the world as a travel and landscape photographer, a few years back I was commissioned to illustrate the medicinal plants that featured in the Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby.

The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby

The Medicine Garden by Rachel Corby

I already had a keen interest in horticulture as I have an organic allotment and love tending to my garden whilst also letting swathes of it run free. This particular book commission changed my direction, I fell in love with photographing plants and gardens.

Travel and landscape photography can be quite a solitary profession, this all changed when I was asked to photograph at the RHS Malvern Show. I met the most amazing friendly passionate people involved in so many different areas of horticulture. I was hooked and from that point I now divide time between garden and travel photography.

My personal reasons why I love garden and plant photography is because the photos can be taken in all seasons, whatever the weather, and I get to meet amazing people who are involved in all aspects of horticulture.

Enough said cut to the photos:

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, view across pond to Exedra and Red House both reflected in pond

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, view across pond to Exedra and Red House both reflected in pond

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Palm trees reflected in pool, Marjorelle garden, Morocco, sunrise

Interior of Hartley Botanic greenhouse Chelsea flower show 2012

Interior of Hartley Botanic greenhouse Chelsea flower show 2012

Echinacea "Green Envy" dusk

“Grasses with Grace”, Awarded Gold Medal, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 2011, Designed by Sue Beesly, Bluebell Cottage Gardens & Nursery

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens & Villagio Verde, Awarded Silver Gilt, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The M & G Garden,  Designer Andy Sturgeon;    Sponsor; M& G Investments   Awarded Gold

The M & G Garden, Designer Andy Sturgeon; Sponsor; M& G Investments Awarded Gold

     Show Gardens; The Brewin Dolphin Garden   Designer Cleve West;    Sponsor; Brewin Dolphin   Awarded Gold & Best in Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The Brewin Dolphin Garden Designer Cleve West; Sponsor; Brewin Dolphin Awarded Gold & Best in Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Photography     Show Gardens; The World Vision Garden Designer Flemons Warland Design ;    Sponsor; World vision Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The World Vision Garden Designer Flemons Warland Design ; Sponsor; World vision Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Stephen Studd Photography     Fresh Gardens; Rainbows Childrens Hospital Garden;   Designers Chris Gutteridge,  Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens);        Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

Fresh Gardens; Rainbows Childrens Hospital Garden; Designers Chris Gutteridge, Ant Cox & Jon Owens (Second Nature Gardens); Awarded Silver RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

For the florists;

Awarded Gold & Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: NAFAS, Tatton Park RHS Flower show 2011 Cheshire

Awarded Gold & Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio: NAFAS, Tatton Park RHS Flower show 2011 Cheshire

Monday blues:

Grow your own

Allium Purple Sensation against the sun

Allium Purple Sensation against the sun

Borage Officinalis from The Cottage Herbery garden, Malvern 2012

Borage Officinalis from The Cottage Herbery garden, Malvern 2012

Gardens can regenerate abandoned spaces

"Urban Oasis" by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

“Urban Oasis” by Groundwork UK & RHS, Designer Chris Beardshaw, RHS Show Cardiff 2012

Recycle and reuse materials

Garden made with recycled and reused materials "Regeneration" Designed by Jane Grenan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Garden made with recycled and reused materials “Regeneration” Designed by Jane Grenan & David Lewis Awarded Silver Gilt RHS Cardiff Show 2012

Gardening involves community;

allotments overlooking Crown & Sceptre Stroud

Allotments overlooking Crown & Sceptre Stroud which runs Britain’s only pub-run Country Fair

Crown and Sceptre stroud country fair marquee with exhibits

Crown and Sceptre Stroud country fair marquee with exhibits, evening a good old knees up takes place.

"The Schedule", awarded Gold Medal, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 2011, designed by Gary Hillery, Ken Walton, Finchale Training College

woman holding organic garlic bulbs Thermidrome ready for planting late autumn Allium sativum

woman holding organic garlic bulbs Thermidrome ready for planting late autumn Allium sativum

Garlic Article PM69 Spreads-1

Longor shallots ready for planting late winter, hazel dibber and bag full of shallots

Longor shallots ready for planting late winter, hazel dibber and bag full of shallots

Begonia Rex L`Escargot IGPOTY Macro Art Begonia Fractal by Stephen Studd

Begonia Fractal, commended Macro Art category IGPOTY competition 2012

Awarded Silver Flora "The Rain Garden"; Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2011 garden designed by Rhea Lyn Parkes

Iris

Homage to Edward Weston

3rd place IGPOTY; Homage to Edward Weston

Garlic chive seedhead in snow, winter

DIONAEA MUSCIPULA, Venus fly trap

Punk; IGPOTY commended monochrome

Sarracenia flava (heavy veined), pitcher plant

Organic kale seedling Nero de Toscana emerging in May planted in greenhouse

Organic kale seedling Nero de Toscana emerging in May

Dahlia

A big thanks to all those who have welcomed me into the wonderful world of plants and to those who I am yet to meet and to all those that have become friends along this path. Wishing everyone an amazing 2013 and years ahead of happiness in the horticultural field.

Special thanks to Rachel Corby for The Medicine Garden book commission.

More pretty pictures at http://www.stephenstuddphotography.com

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I can be contacted for photography commissions on  00447706119609

I am a member of the Garden Media Guild and secretary of the Professional Garden Photographers Association

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Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

This years Malvern Spring Gardening Show started off very wet and muddy. The show garden designers had it tough on the lead up to the show with record amounts of rain. Thankfully the show went on and after a wet start to Thursday the subsequent days were dry and sunny.

Graduate Gardeners Ltd garden “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison gained them their 5th gold and fourth in a row Best Show Garden.  The vertical fern wall and stainless steel water chute  was a much talked about feature.

Vertical gardening featuring fern wall and water feature "A Place to Reflect", designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Vertical living fern wall and stainless steel water chute; Graduate Gardeners Ltd “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Gold and Best in Show Garden

The seating area backed by a highly skilled laid Cotswold dry stone wall and a circular butterfly garden wall feature.

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Seating area and Cotswold dry stone wall

Stepping stones over a black pebble pool lead you to the rear of the garden.

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

A Place to Reflect, designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison, Graduate Gardeners Ltd, Awarded Gold & Best in Show, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar (A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens, the alchemists of stone, with Villagio Verde`s ancient olive trees amongst the cascades of water and the Mediterranean herbs on the slope at 5.30am sunrise transported me to the Alpujarras in Spain, especially with the deep cyan sky and warm light.

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens & Villagio Verde, Awarded Silver Gilt, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary drift around the garden.

Lavender, thyme and rosemary

Lavender, thyme and rosemary

The refreshing water cascade running down two sides of the garden over reclaimed stone run into a deep cavern.

Un Poco de Hogar ( A Little Bit of Home) Awarded Silver Gilt Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The cascade running down both sides of the garden disappear in to a cavern.

 

“Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associates was a large show garden with an amazing green oak pergola reminiscent of a barn frame, paved underneath, with a rill running through the garden into the wildlife pond.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Green Oak pergola; “Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

The rill runs straight through the garden over the path under the pergola with a gentle flow to the wildlife pond which is edged with Primulas and Geums.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

Rill flowing through the garden into the wildlife pond

Hanging over a formal pool is a seat attached to a grand green oak frame.

"Hasten Slowly" designed by Imogen Cox Associaites, awarded Silver Flora, Malvern Spring Gardening Show 2012

 

The theme for the School Gardens was Sustainability for All. Our future young designers gave us lots of very useful and practical ideas for reducing waste and reusing materials for living in a more sustainable way.

The Good Life, designed by Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester

The Good Life, designed by Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester

Winners Best School Garden; George`s Marvellous Medicine, Designed by Burlish Park Primary School, Theme; Sustainability for All.

Winners Best School Garden; George`s Marvellous Medicine, Designed by Burlish Park Primary School, Theme; Sustainability for All.

recycled reused materials being used as growing containers

recycled reused materials being used as growing containers

With the very difficult conditions we have experienced in Spring the floral Marquee still managed to put on a great display, though many of the nurseries had needed better conditions for full bloom.

My favourite flower at the show was Meconopsis Sheldonii- Himalayan Blue Poppy, photographed from underneath looking up in to the flower.

Meconopsis Sheldonii  - Himalayan Blue Poppy

Meconopsis Sheldonii – Himalayan Blue Poppy

Next stop Chelsea.