Xardin Garden has launched its 2020 New Garden Designer award programme (NGD), offering up to £12000 of funding to build a show garden. This is the second year running for the Xardin NGD award programme and applications are now open and must be received by Friday 24 January 2020.
This award is open to all designers, over 18 years, no matter how much experience they have – fresh out of college or having worked in the industry for many years. The key factor is that this award is for anyone who has never had a show garden in their own name, Xardin provides the funding and mentoring.
First launched in 2019, the NGD award is once again set to encourage innovative thinking, good horticulture and design. The aim is to find new design solutions that are not big budget marketing activities or that are incarnations of established trends (such as naturalistic). Instead, the award is seeking fresh thinking, new styles and technical innovations that can enter the high profile show arena to influence the sector and create the foundations for this thinking to be translated into common practice.
This year the award has broadened to not only include mentoring and construction support, the prestigious London Stone company has also come on board to contribute materials to the prize. Entrance to the competition includes a workshop providing training and mentoring to develop applicants’ designs and plans ready for submission to the RHS if they have not already been submitted. This is useful professional development (CPD) for any designer and has been developed from Edward’s direct show garden experience and from his network of Show Garden contacts. Applicants can find out more or register interest for NGD2020 (or future years) here http://www.xardin.garden/new-garden-designer-2020/