Tamara Bridge has won the exciting RHS competition that gives young talent the chance to showcase their design abilities and make their debut at a prestigious RHS Show.
The finalists created their own Show Gardens, with an ‘English country garden’ theme. This theme gave the designers the opportunity to experiment with traditional elements.
The winning design
Tamara Bridge: The Sunset Garden
The relationship between formal and informal was the inspiration behind The Sunset Garden, which also won a Gold medal. Tamara's idea was to show how plants have the ability to provoke feelings. Lavender brushed past your legs, and scent filled the air. Yellow and blue hues of the planting were reminiscent of the sky and yet enclosed you in blissful surroundings.
Based in Norfolk, Tamara has worked on projects since 2011, having finished a year’s practical training at the Sandringham Estate. She worked under the guidance of the head gardener, covering a range of garden maintenance and development.
Kate Savill: Time is a Healer
Time is a Healer, which won a Gold medal, is a contemporary take on the traditional physic gardens of medieval England. The structure of the garden took inspiration from the country's protective defences, taking you from its exposed surroundings to the 'safe haven' at its centre.
Kate lives in Nottingham, has a Diploma in Garden Design from the Pickard School of Garden Design, and carried out an apprenticeship in Horticulture and Design with the Homebase Garden Academy (including Level 1 RHS practical gardening).
Josh Chapman: The Perfect Lawn
The Perfect Lawn, which won a Silver-Gilt medal, reflected in its design the key elements found in an English country garden - its charm shown with extensive flowering borders and crisp lawns. A sweeping path led through frothy perennials and grasses, which created a vibrant, flowing energy. This led to a pavilion seating area with a relaxed, calm atmosphere created by the semi-enclosed space, reflected water and the planting.
Originally from the Yorkshire Dales, Josh managed a plant nursery and worked with his father’s landscaping company before heading to London to study at the London College of Garden Design.
For more information on the competition please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about the RHS Young Designer of the Year 2014.
[See photo, left] The Young Designers staged a joint feature front garden at the RHS Great London Plant Fair back in April.