Postgraduate is finalist in the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition

February 2016

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Writtle College postgraduate, Rob Dwiar, has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year Competition.

Rob completed a BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design course and Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture at Writtle and is now a Landscape Architect for International Design Group, a multidisciplinary practice in Bristol.

The competition, which will take place at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (20–24 July), gives aspiring garden designers, aged 28 years and under, the chance to kick-start their careers, gain exposure at a prestigious RHS flower show and compete for the coveted title.

Rob will compete against two other finalists who have been selected to design a Show Garden based on this year’s theme of Health, Happiness and Horticulture. His design, called 'A Home from Home', combines elements of country and city life to create an urban oasis ideal for relaxing in and escaping a busy city life. The design takes inspiration from modern urban square design, while also using imagined elements from the ‘client’s’ spiritual home in the countryside to remind them of home and provoke comforting memories in which to lose themselves in.

Rob said: “I am truly thrilled to be one of the finalists. It'll be a great experience to build and exhibit a Show Garden at a prestigious RHS Flower Show and I hope it's the start of something big in my career as a garden designer and landscape architect. It's a really exciting time, and while it is a bit daunting at times, I intend to fully embrace the process and the show, and hope to emulate the success of previous finalists by making it to Main Avenue at Chelsea someday.

I can only thank Writtle College and the lecturers for putting me in good stead and providing me with the tools with which to develop, grow and flourish in the world of gardens and landscapes.”

Steve Terry, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Garden Design, who taught Rob at Writtle College, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and we wish him all the best in this design challenge. As a student, Rob always demonstrated great creativity and potential and it will be great to see Rob share his design ideas with the public at the Tatton Park Show.”

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is renowned for nurturing new talent, with previous finalists going on to display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, including Hugo Bugg and Sam Ovens, who is designing his first Show Garden for this year’s world-famous flower show in May.

Each of the finalists has begun planning their gardens with expert mentorship, advice and support from established garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, using a grant of £12,000 to bring their designs to life.

Mentor Paul Hervey-Brookes said: “I am thrilled to be mentoring the RHS Young Designer of the Year for a third time – this competition is highly respected in the industry and has produced some amazing new young talent. This year is no exception and I am excited about the gardens that will be produced.”

In addition to designing their own Show Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the finalists will also work together to build a main feature garden at the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza (1-2 April 2016). The garden will be designed as an outdoor office, demonstrating the beneficial impact of horticulture on overall health and happiness in the workplace.

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