The finalists for the RHS Young Designer of the Year have been announced.


The competition is a launchpad for young designers, offering five finalists a chance to create a garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park between 22 and 26 July.

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This year's finalists are Freddie Strickland, 26 from Avon, who is creating a subtropical garden where an English garden is created using plants with a tropical palette.

Maximillian Parker-Smith, 26 from West Sussex, is focusing on consumer culture and creating a sustainable, minimalist garden that puts nature at the centre. Samuel Moore, 23 from Essex, also has nature and wildlife firmly in view. He's creating a modern outside living space with wildlife friendly planting.

Emily Bausager, 27 and from Denmark, is the first international designer to be featured in the competition. Her garden will aim to inspire visitors to opt for greener modes of transport such as bike or bus. Oliver Rutman from Kent is looking to design a coastal escape, which takes inspiration from coastal landscapes.

Gemma Lake, show manager at RHS Tatton Park said: ‘We have five very talented finalists in the competition this year and I can’t wait to see their designs come to life at the show.'

The finalists will be mentored by Mark Gregory and Catherine MacDonald from Landform Consultants.


Last year's winner of the Young Designer of the Year was Kristian Rea. The competition is open to entries from designers aged 28 and under.

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Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London