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The Young Gardeners of the Year competition is over for another year. And Ideal Home Show visitors voted us the ‘Most popular feature’ at the show, so a big thank you to everyone who voted!

Six of the UK’s top horticultural and design colleges competed to design the best show garden and wow the judges at the Ideal Home Show in Earl’s Court, London.

This year, the focus was on creating peaceful garden spaces for city dwellers using sustainable techniques and repurposed materials.

All six gardens were incredible, and the judges were impressed by the range of techniques and design ideas demonstrated by the students.

Read about the Prince of Wales’ visit to meet the students.

But it’s not just the judges’ verdict that counts! Visitors to the Ideal Home Show had the opportunity to vote for their favourite garden to win the prestigious People’s Choice Award.

And almost 22,000 people cast their vote over the show’s 17 day duration!

Finally, the results are in. The winner of the People’s Choice Award 2014 is Capel Manor College, with their garden ‘Cultivate Calm’. Congratulations!

A special mention also goes to Writtle College, who came in (very) close second. There were only a few votes difference!

Capel Manor

Capel Manor Cultivate Calm Garden

To recap, here are the final competition results:

Click on each college name to see their finished gardens!

Chichester College – overall winners of Young Gardeners of the Year 2014, plus a gold medal and the Best at Show award.

Capel Manor College – Gold Medal and People’s Choice Award

Writtle College – Gold Medal

Askham Bryan College – Silver Gilt Medal

Bridgwater College – Silver Gilt Medal

Shuttleworth College – Silver Medal


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