Last year we were invited to supply our woodstains to the colleges taking part in this fantastic competition. Two of the competing colleges used Protek woodstains in their stunning garden designs and we had the opportunity to see the show gardens on the opening day of The Ideal Home Show when the gardens are judged and prizes awarded.
Protek are delighted to be supporting the competing colleges again and look forward to seeing the designs that the talented young students create in 2014. In 2013 The Ideal Home Show in Earls Court attracted over 265,000 visitors allowing the colleges to showcase their talent to a very wide audience in this high profile competition.
Princes Foundation for the Built Community and ITV Gardener David Domoney task six colleges of landscape and design students to build show gardens in a competition to find the Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year 2014.
Now in its 4th year it has given over 200 students first-hand experience of show garden design and construction before they are even out of the educational gate. Students compete in a total garden build (all within a matter of days) at the Ideal Home Show, Earls Court, London where they are seen by a quarter of a million people during the show.
Two out of the last three years The Prince of Wales has shown interest in the show gardens personally, greeting students with positively encouraging messages.
David Domoney pulls together a judging team that includes some of his colleagues from television; last year Alan Titchmarsh was one of the panel and for 2014 Diarmuid Gavin will join the judges. Other Judges include MD of John Woods, Editor of House Beautiful Magazine, Princes Foundation, and the Institute of Horticulture.
Organiser of the competition and 27 RHS medal winner David Domoney says “I had my first taste of show gardening at Chelsea as one of the garden build team for Notcutts during the 80’s. That experience steels you on to create a garden yourself, I hope that the 200 odd students from previous years have had just the grounding they need to be our stars of the future and once bitten by the taste of adrenalin and sense of achievement is all the inspiration they need to view the likes of the Chelsea Flower show with young hungry eyes.”
The launch of this year’s competition took place at the Princes Foundation on November 15th 2013 and included tutors and students from Capel Manor, Writtle, Chichester, Askam Bryan, Shuttleworth and Bridgwater colleges.
Good luck from Protek to everyone taking part!