Today, students from six of the UK’s top landscaping and horticultural colleges competed for the title of Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year by designing and building beautiful, sustainable urban show gardens.

The Young Gardeners competition aims to champion young green talent and give students first-hand experience of creating professional show gardens from scratch. Each college is given a 5.5m x 4m plot and a brief for the design and components.

But here’s the real challenge: students have just five days to plant and construct their gardens.

The judges and David Domony took a long time choosing their favourites, and the results were close. They described all the gardens as very different and extremely high quality.

But only one garden could win the Best in Show trophy, and the winner is... Writtle University College!

Writtle University College's winning garden has been designed with a slick and clean layout to meet with contemporary fashion. Its goal is to provide useable space, function and community interaction, and it does this through aesthetic contribution to the environment and a seating area near the front. This design represents one half of a front garden, whereby the other half is dedicated to access a garage and to park a car. The surface of that half would be in the same style as the garden by using a modern product.a contemporary woodland garden with trees, spring plants, lush wall planters and timber features. Judges called the garden ‘a delight’ and praised the creativity and gorgeous plants. They were also impressed by the display of traditional skills and homes for wildlife.

Congratulations to everyone at Writtle University College, and to all our colleges and talented young gardeners who took part!

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The winning show garden by Writtle University College.

Our Show Gardens were this year were sponsored by Britelite logo 150x50