For the eighth year running, I have teamed up with the Prince’s Foundation to find the best Young Gardeners Of The Year. And this year, we have a new venue – the new Ascot Spring Garden Show at the prestigious Ascot Racecourse.
Below you will find all of the information on the competition, including the brief that the college students have to work to this year, the actual garden designs and the thoughts behind them.
You will also find videos and pictures of last year’s gardens, and much more!
Students from six of the UK’s top landscaping and horticultural colleges compete at the Ascot Spring Garden Show to be crowned the Young Gardeners Of The Year.
The competition aims to champion young green talent and give students first-hand experience of creating professional show gardens from scratch.
The gardens are judged by a panel of industry experts and one is awarded the Best At Show trophy.
And there’s another challenge: students have just six days to build and plant their gardens.
These are the incredible gardens from 2017’s competition:
How we judge the gardens
The show gardens are revealed at the opening of the Ascot Spring Garden Show on 13th April 2018. They are judged by a panel of experts, including horticultural industry leaders, home and garden magazine editors, and acclaimed garden designers.
The judges can award gold, silver gilt, silver and bronze medals, as well as the Best At Show award.
Students from the winning college are crowned the Young Gardeners Of The Year!
The gardens are then exhibited throughout the weekend, where thousands of visitors will be able to see and enjoy them, plus vote for their favourite! The People’s Choice Award is presented to the winning college at the end of the show.
The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
The competition links with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community to encourage more sustainable gardening techniques.
The organisation sets clear guidelines for the gardens based on the organic and sustainable principles that the charities’ president, The Prince of Wales, has championed for so long.
HRH The Prince of Wales has also visited the gardens numerous times to meet the young gardeners and congratulate them, as well as offering them words of encouragement for the future.
ITV News footage from 2017
ITV Regional News footage from 2016
Chichester College garden
Pershore College garden
Shuttleworth College garden
Writtle College garden