The Ideal Home Show in association with TV gardener David Domoney and the Prince?s Foundation for Building Community, kicks off its search for the 2015 Young Gardener of the Year.
The 2015 ?Young Gardener of the Year? competition launched on November 20,?2014, ahead of the Ideal Home Show as it returns to its original home at Olympia London next March, after decades of being hosted at the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre.
The annual competition, organised by TV gardener David Domoney in association with the Prince?s Foundation for Building Community, celebrates young ?green? talent and sees six of the UK?s leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create a show stopping sustainable garden that will be visited by thousands of visitors at the Ideal Home Show. To mark the launch, each college attended?an introduction to the project at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas on November 20, while the show exhibits at Earl’s Court in London for the final time.
This year?s show gardens will be judged by an expert panel, which includes horticultural industry leaders, home and garden magazine editors and acclaimed garden designers. Entrants will compete to win the gold, silver gilt, silver or bronze award. The overall winner will receive the Best in Show award, and visitors will be able to vote for the winner of the People?s Choice Award.
The 2015 participating colleges are:
Chichester college, Sussex (2012, 2013 & 2014 Champions)
Capel Manor, Middlesex (2011 Champions)
Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire
Pershore College, Part of the Warwickshire College Group
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire
Writtle College, Essex
These annual awards offer students a great opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate the best of British young talent in garden design and build.? Each college will be given a 5.5m x 4m plot to both plan and design a garden that will demonstrate an understanding of harmony and sustainability. It should also incorporate a sense of proportion and clever use of the important vertical dimension in small, urban gardens and terraces.
The show gardens will inspire visitors by utilising clever planting, and the garden style can be traditional or contemporary. This year David is actively encouraging diversity of design and promoting clever use of water harvesting in the garden.
The gardens will inspire city dwellers, showing all that can be achieved in urban locations. The gardens are to create a sense of tranquillity and sustainability for the home owner; it should act as an escape from the pressures of inner city life and bring a touch of nature to the heart of the metropolis.
Constantine Innemee of The Prince?s Foundation said: ?With the help from an array of talented young gardeners we are once again highlighting the importance of green spaces in urban living, and the amazing things you can do with even the smallest amount of space. The variety of quality and creativity in the entries always amaze us, and we?re already looking forward to seeing what our competitors come up with this year.?
The Prince?s Foundation sets clear guidelines based on organic and sustainable principles that has always been championed by the charities president, The Prince of Wales.
David Domoney, organiser of the competition says: ?Now in our fifth year, we will have given over 250 students the opportunity to create show gardens at a national show before they even leave the college gates. This is a great experience for them ? many will be our garden designers and landscape stars of the future. This year sees a great line up of young hopefuls pitching their skills against rival colleges for the title of Young Gardeners of the Year.?
Each college will be asked to submit their garden designs before the beginning of February, when they will then have one week to build and plant their garden inside Kensington Olympia ready for the Ideal Home Show opening day on the March 20 2015.
Each garden will then be judged at the show on the March 20, by the esteemed panel of ambassadors and curators.