Twenty-seven year old Norfolk based garden designer, Tamara Bridge has been crowned the winner of this year’s Royal Horticultural Societies (RHS) Young Designer of the Year competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
The theme for this year was ‘English Country Gardens’ and Tamara’s The Sunset Garden is inspired by a North Norfolk garden and received an RHS Gold Medal. Tamara was presented with her award at the show by RHS Director General, Sue Biggs.
No stranger to getting her hands dirty, Tamara has worked on various projects since 2011 having finished a year’s practical training at Sandringham Estate. She worked under the guidance of the head gardener and his team covering a broad range of garden maintenance and development, which underpins the designs and planting schemes she provides for her clients.
Her award winning garden reflects a garden room for a rural English country house garden. It is designed as a space to walk and relax in, especially in glorious summer evenings. This garden looks at the relationship between formal and informal, exploring an interesting range of plant colours and textures, defined by a formal layout.
Paul Hervey-Brooks, established Garden Designer and winner of Best Show Garden at this year’s show has been mentoring the three finalists throughout the competition and said: “2015 has been a really great year because it is the first time all three finalists have exhibited at an RHS Show. They have really taken on board everything they have learnt over the past nine months from their collaborative Show Garden at the RHS Great London Plant Fair in April right through to RHS Tatton. They have risen to the challenge of everything that has been thrown at them and should all be extremely proud of what they have achieved, I am sure they will go on to do great things.”
Fellow finalist, Kate Savill, also received an RHS Gold Medal for her entry Time is a Healer a garden that offers a contemporary take on the traditional physic gardens of medieval England referencing fortifications to offer protection and provide a serene and enclosing space. The journey through the garden works from a dry and exposed surrounding to a natural safe haven of health in its centre, offering the chance for both engagement and contemplation. All plants are chosen as those which were or are perceived to have medicinal uses or benefits.
Josh Chapman’s garden The Perfect Lawn, a contemporary reimagining of the traditional vision of an English Country Garden, showcasing a crisp lawn surrounded by romantic flowering borders was awarded a RHS Silver-Gilt medal.
Returning for its 7th year, the competition gives Young Garden Designers the chance to kick start their careers, making their Show Garden debut and gaining invaluable exposure at a prestigious RHS Show. The competition provides a great platform for budding designers with previous RHS Young Designer finalists and winners going on to bigger and greater things. Tony Woods Young Designer of the Year 2013 was recently commissioned to create a John Lewis Centenary Roof Top Garden and Hugo Bugg Young Designer of the Year 2010 became the youngest designer to achieve a Gold Medal for his Show Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower 2014.
Tickets are still available for the Show which runs until Sunday 26 July. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.rhs.org.uk/tatton.