Young Gardeners of the Year 2016: See the finished gardens

Explore the stunning show gardens from the 2016 Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year competition.

The awards see six of the UK’s top horticultural colleges design and build urban show gardens at the Ideal Home Show at Olympia, London.

The gardens will be open to the show’s visitors from 18 March – 3 April 2016.

Find out more about the Young Gardeners Competition here.

Capel Manor College – Wellbeing Yoga Retreat Garden

Capel Manor College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see the finished show gardens

Capel Manor College designed a Wellbeing Yoga Retreat Garden, featuring wooden decking and tropical plants like tree ferns.

Capel Manor College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see the finished show gardens

It had plenty of space to practise yoga and empty your mind.

Capel Manor College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see the finished show gardens

The whole garden had a calming atmosphere, with pools of water filled with lights and candles.

Capel Manor College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see the finished show gardens

The leafy planting, including ferns and black grasses, was punctuated by orange tulips.

Capel Manor College were awarded a Silver Medal.

See more about their garden here.

Shuttleworth College – Peace (Salaam) Garden

Shuttleworth College garden for the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 - see the finished garden photos

Students from Shuttleworth College created a Moroccan-inspired garden with vivid blue tones from the country’s famous Majorelle gardens.

Shuttleworth College garden for the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 - see the finished garden photos

It was set out into four areas, in the Chahar Bagh Persian style, with cobbles divided by gravel.

Shuttleworth College garden for the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 - see the finished garden photos

The garden style includes tiled furnishings and decorations, including the seating area and water fountain.

Shuttleworth College garden for the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 - see the finished garden photos

The planting included Mediterranean varieties like olive and yucca, as well as herbs and pyramid bay trees.

Shuttleworth College were awarded a Silver Medal.

See more about their garden here.

Chichester College – Three Flow Garden

Chichester College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see all the finished photos

Chichester College students designed a garden around the theme of ‘three’.

Chichester College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see all the finished photos

The three raised beds on each side went up on one side and down on the other, surrounding a spiral patio.

Chichester College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see all the finished photos

The seating area sat under a metal dome and the beds are clad in traditional stone walling.

Chichester College Young Gardeners of the Year show garden 2016 - see all the finished photos

The planting included spherical shapes from bay and cryptomeria, as well as alliums.

Chichester College were awarded a Silver Gilt Medal.

See more about their garden here.

Askham Bryan College – New London Garden

Askham Bryan College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 awards - see all the stunning gardens here

Students from Askham Bryan College designed a contemporary urban woodland garden.

Askham Bryan College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 awards - see all the stunning gardens here

It featured rustic timber, including the stunning wooden fence made from trees felled at a college site. Students carved the tree names into each piece.

Askham Bryan College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 awards - see all the stunning gardens here

The planting was a tapestry of woodland colour, including daffodils and hellebores.

Askham Bryan College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 awards - see all the stunning gardens here

It also featured green wall frames and insect hotels, plus a relaxing seating area with tub chairs.

Askham Bryan College were awarded a Gold Medal, and the Best At Show trophy.

See more about their garden here.

Pershore College – Path to Discovery Garden

Pershore College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 competition - see all the finished garden photos

Pershore College students created a garden haven with a secluded sunken seating area. The benches were made with recycled breeze blocks and timber.

Pershore College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 competition - see all the finished garden photos

The planting included foliage plants and grasses, plus deep purple tulips. On the wall is a spiral vertical planter of sempervivums.

Pershore College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 competition - see all the finished garden photos

The garden is clad in rusty corten steel and features a black pergola with a fern leaf design across the roof.

Pershore College show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year 2016 competition - see all the finished garden photos

The plant labels feature QR codes, which can be scanned by a smartphone to direct visitors to an online plant catalogue.

Pershore College were awarded a Gold Medal.

See more about their garden here.

Writtle College – Basement Garden

Writtle College Basement Garden show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition 2016. See all the finished gardens here

Students from Writtle College designed a basement garden under a green roof planted with meadow grass and young trees.

Writtle College Basement Garden show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition 2016. See all the finished gardens here

The garden features clever lighting, including recycled silver birch logs transformed into wall lighting. More silver birch light logs dotted the planting.

Writtle College Basement Garden show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition 2016. See all the finished gardens here

The plants included leafy and tropical varieties with pops of colour, and a huge feature rhododendron.

Writtle College Basement Garden show garden at the Young Gardeners of the Year Competition 2016. See all the finished gardens here

The relaxing seating area looked towards the green wall, which was testing a method of producing electricity from plants.

Writtle College were awarded a Silver Medal.

See more about their garden here.

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