Design partnership and 30 Under 30: The Next Generation winners, Kate Savill & Tamara Bridge have been announced as the winners in Channel 5’s Great Gardening Challenge.
The six-part series was presented by Nicki Chapman and Diarmuid Gavin. It challenged eight pairs of professional garden designers to transform under-used and un-loved spaces into gardens. In a high-pressure competition, Kate and Tamara were responsible for creating three gardens, each within a 48-hour period.
Including gardens at the Norris Green Park, Liverpool, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester and a one-off garden at RHS Garden Wisley for the final. The gardens were judged by Carol Klein and Mark Gregory.
The final heat saw Kate & Tamara tasked with creating an accessible showcase garden within a budget of £10,000. With a brief set by the RHS Garden Wisley Curator, Matthew Pottage, the garden had to represent the aims of the RHS Greening Great Britain campaign. Showcasing dynamic horticulture that would inspire children with the power of plants and gardening. Taking on board the aims of the campaign, the garden had to consider the environment and be good for health and happiness, for wildlife and for the community. Overall the judges were looking for an inspirational, practical and beautiful space from all angles.
Judge Carol Klein said:
“Enormous congratulations to Tamara and Kate on winning the competition. Their talent and determination from Day 1 was clear to us all. Even through the mud and mire of the final, they turned their thoroughly planned designs and beautiful plantings into triumphant reality. Congratulations too to all the other designers who have created beautiful gardens which will enhance the well-being of those they were created for. And last but not least, well done to the crew, all the lasses and lads who helped make everyone’s designs come true.”
Judge Mark Gregory said:
“Kate and Tamara showed true professionalism and built three stunning gardens. They used their joint experience to project manage very well and used their budget wisely. Their designs were realistic given the extreme challenge of the 48-hour build time. They delivered all three with determination and always a smile. It was my pleasure to judge all of these amazing gardens, and I am delighted their grit and determination paid off for them. To me, it was what the show was all about“
On winning the Great Garden Challenge Kate Savill said:
“It was a huge compliment for Tamara and me to be named winners. We both admire Mark Gregory and Carol Klein as leading figures in the industry and to be judged by them and Matthew Pottage of RHS Garden Wisley was very special. We are very proud of what we managed to achieve in such a short time frame and in such challenging weather.”
Tamara Bridge said: “The Great Gardening Challenge was a fantastic opportunity for Kate and me to work together on a variety of amazing community-led gardens that really enhanced our belief in the power of plants. Having tight budgets for each leg of the competition allowed us to indulge our love of creating spaces that are reliant on the atmosphere that only plants can give. The experience we gained through working to a strict brief, fixed budgets and a tight time frame has really honed our skills and enhanced our partnership.”