Student Design Competition Launch

The second Ideal Home Show Young Gardeners of the Year competition was launched in the Foundation's gallery on 28th November as an important part of our newest area of work in sustainable garden design and land crafts.

Channel 5 garden celebrity David Domoney, garden designer and Foundation ambassador Lulu Urquhart and the Foundation's architect Michael Romero, led the presentations to an audience comprising students and tutors from the five participating horticultural colleges.    Each college has until March 2012 to design their garden which will be exhibited on the forecourt of the Ideal Home Show at London's Earl's Court.

Lulu's consultancy Petherick, Urquhart and Hunt helped write the brief for the competition.  Students are asked to create a 5.5m x 4m garden showing a combination a combination of horticulture and design that is in harmony with nature and utilises traditional land crafts such as stone walling, cob, thatch, willow weaving and recycled materials. Lulu explained, "Land crafts grow out of the natural landscape; it's about taking natural materials and working with traditional skills such as walling, weaving and hedging to create hard landscaping, in whatever setting, that is in harmony with the surrounding countryside."

During the Ideal Home Show the six gardens will be judged by an expert panel with gold, silver and bronze prizes awarded as well as a People's Choice and Best in Show.