Calling on Britains Budding Young Designers for the RHS Young Designer Competition 2018

Tuesday 19 September 2017

• Applications now open for annual RHS Young Designer competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 (18 – 22 July) • To celebrate its 10th year 5 finalists will be chosen to compete for the coveted title • Competition has helped launch the careers of RHS Chelsea Designers Hugo Bugg, Sam Ovens and Tamara Bridge

The search is on for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Young Designer of the Year 2018. Over the last 10 years the competition has provided a unique platform for emerging young talent by offering the chance to create their own Show Garden at a prestigious RHS Show.

Held at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, supported by Bruntwood, which also celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, the popular competition will provide more opportunity than ever for new and experienced designers aged 28 and under by extending its shortlist of finalists from three to five as part of the competition’s 10th year celebrations.

RHS Show Manager Isobel Coulter said: “We are so excited to celebrate a decade of championing young talent at RHS Tatton Park. Offering young people a chance to kick start their horticultural careers is a huge passion for us and a driving force at the Show and as a result the standard continues to rise with the talent of these young designers. We can’t wait to welcome our five new finalists for a very special year in 2018.”

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has become synonymous with budding new talent, with previous finalists and winners going on to design at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg (2010) and Sam Ovens (2014), who also won a Gold Medal at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this year.

RHS Young Designer finalist Kate Savill and 2015 winner Tamara Bridge designed The Jo Whiley Scent Garden as part of the BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Gardens’ at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, while Tony Woods, who won the title in 2013, recently made history by creating London’s first Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square in Paddington.

Each successful finalist will receive expert mentorship, advice and support from award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, along with a grant of £11,500 to bring their garden designs to life.

Paul Hervey-Brookes, who has mentored the competition for the past 4 years, said: “I am thrilled to be mentor in the RHS Young Designer competition, especially for this very exciting 10th anniversary! Year on the year the designers and gardens have been more and more accomplished so I can’t wait to see what a new group of talented hopefuls bring!”

The RHS Young Designer competition 2018 is now open to those aged 28 years and under:

Application links:  

Application deadline 24 November 2017

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Notes to editors

For further information about the competition and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park please contact Aimee Reilly in the RHS press office on 020 7821 3364 or  

Notes to Editors:

Press accreditation will open in November. To apply for a pass and for more information on the show, please visit:  

About RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (18 – 22 July 2018):

18 July RHS members only 10am – 6.30pm
19 – 21 July RHS members and non-members 10am – 6:30pm
22 July 10am – 5pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire


About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing over 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit  

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit

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