22-year-old Will Williams from London has been awarded a Gold medal and the sought-after title of RHS Young Designer at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood, as the show celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The competition, which also celebrates its 10th year in 2018, challenged a record number of five finalists aged 28 and under for the anniversary show to create a ‘feel good’ garden for wildlife and wellbeing in an increasingly stressful and urbanised world. Over the last decade the competition has become instrumental in kick-starting the careers of many successful designers.
The winning garden by Will Williams, ‘At One’, is a space designed for a young professional couple to relax and entertain in. Demonstrating a beautiful garden to benefit both humans and wildlife, it showcases a light and airy design that also incorporates plenty of homes for birds, bees, butterflies and insects.
On being crowned RHS Young Designer of the Year, Will said: “It’s amazing to be at RHS Tatton Park and to be able to design a garden. It’s been quite a challenge and the whole team has put in so much effort towards it, so to be able to come out at the end of it having won is great, everyone’s so thrilled and I’m really happy for all of us.”
Silver-Gilt medals were awarded to fellow finalists Max Harriman (26, London) with ‘Calm in Chaos’ and Nicola Oakey (28, Lincolnshire) for her ‘Raised by Rivers’. Meanwhile, Eds Higgins (28, Nottinghamshire) with ‘Finding [urban] Nature’ and Jimmy McAdam’s (24, Nottinghamshire) ‘Born to Bee Wild’ were awarded Silver medals.
Adding to the portfolio of award wins, ‘JW Lees: From Hop to Glass’ by Manchester-based designer Leon Davis which celebrates the brewery’s 190th anniversary was awarded his fourth RHS Gold medal as well as prestigious title of Best Show Garden. Meanwhile, Dave Green (West Midlands) scooped the Best Future Spaces award in the category’s second year with ‘The Oasis Garden’ which highlights a range of planting suitable for the hot weather predicted for the future. The Best Back to Back Garden was awarded to ‘Bee’s Gardens: The Penumbra’ by designer Briony Doubleday (Oxfordshire), who was also presented with the esteemed Best Construction award.
A full list of awards can be found on the RHS Media Centre here.
Tickets are still available for RHS Tatton Park which runs until Sunday 22 July. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.