The One Show Launches Garden Design Competition for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Calling all amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers – how would you celebrate where you live at UK’s largest gardening event?
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and BBC Television’s The One Show are once again joining forces and launching a competition to design a garden for Britain’s Great Garden Festival, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (8-13 July 2014).
Launched on BBC One on The One Show on Tuesday 4 March 2014, this year the competition challenges amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers across the country to create a design for a 12m by 12m garden, which celebrates where they live. Entrants will need to think of ways to reflect their community’s heritage, buildings, foods, people or plants or other aspects of their local life. Judges will be looking for originality and good use of plants.
The closing date for entries is midday on March 24th 2014. Judges will select the three most promising amateur designers, who will then compete against each other for the grand prize – an opportunity to work with professional mentors to create their garden in time for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July.
The two mentors, The One Show gardener Christine Walkden and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal-winning designer Adam Frost, will take the winner on an action-packed journey learning about plants, garden design and landscaping. In the final weeks of build-up, Christine and Adam will be on hand to help the winning amateur designer create The One Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
Dave Green, Show Manager for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone passionate about gardening and design to learn from one of the UK’s top garden designers and best loved plantswomen. The winner’s journey to bring the garden to life at one of Britain’s most popular gardening shows will be challenging, inspirational and rewarding.”
The One Show’s Deputy Editor Michael Armit said: “Last year our viewers sent in hundreds of great garden designs. We’re really looking forward to seeing how this year’s entries reflect and celebrate places and communities around the UK. The garden has also more than doubled in size so the stakes are even higher. The judges are going to be looking for something very special to create impact and make the best use of the larger space.”