Victoria Stothard has won the BBC and Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) competition to create The One Show Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 9-14 July 2013.
The amateur gardener will now be mentored by The One Show gardener, Christine Walkden, and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal-winning designer, Adam Frost, for an action-packed journey learning about plants, garden design and landscaping, before creating the garden of her own design at the world-famous show.
Hundreds of people submitted garden designs and entered the competition to create a family garden for The One Show at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Victoria’s design was selected from a final short list of three designs.
Victoria’s garden design aims to remind adults what it is like to see the world in a new perspective, as if it was for the first time, as a child does. The garden will primarily be viewed from below, as if seen from the floor of a forest. The plants and sculptural features of the garden are enlarged and towering, making the onlooker feel small and child-like.
Dave Green from the RHS shows team says: “The standard of entries was really high and we had a difficult time selecting the winner.
“Vicky had an original and imaginative approach that led to a visually exciting garden. We felt that her creative confidence would be a valuable addition to the professional team she will join at the show.”
In the garden there is a large ‘toadstool’ play house for children and gigantic tree roots spreading from the far right corner. A natural waterfall flows over the bark of the tree roots, and back into the surface, creating a water feature.