Dr Steve Millam from Chichester College discussed the many opportunities available to the students, drawing on examples of students from his college and how successful their careers in horticulture have been.
Ben Wincott from Writtle College then discussed how to go about planning your show garden, and where to look for inspiration.
The colleges then picked their plots for their gardens at random by pulling numbered trowels out of compost!
Plot 1 – Capel Manor
Plot 2 – Pershore College
Plot 3 – Shuttleworth
Plot 4 – Writtle University College
Plot 5 – Chichester College
Plot 6 – Askham Bryan
The 2017 brief
This year’s brief is slightly different from previous years as the colleges have been tasked to create front gardens!
The front garden must inspire homeowners on what can be achieved in front of a house, giving the owner a spectacular welcome when they come home, and an aim to brighten up the street.
The colleges need to consider access to the front door, ensuring the journey to the door is a pleasant one for homeowners and visitors.
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of this year’s competition is that all gardens will be given a 140L wheelie bin, and the colleges need to offer an attractive and appealing way of hiding the bin, whilst still providing easy access for it to be taken to and from the roadside.