2019 Young Designer announced at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (17 – 21 July)

- Kristian Reay (27) awarded coveted RHS Young Designer title for Xylella inspired garden
- Four finalists competed in renowned competition, each with individual themes and their own unique design
- RHS Show provides vital platform for youth in horticulture with previous participants carving out successful careers    

27-year-old Kristian Reay from Somerset has been awarded a Gold medal and the much sought-after title of RHS Young Designer at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show Tatton Park, which runs until Sunday 21 July.  
New talent and design is a fundamental part of RHS Tatton Park, which has cemented itself as a pioneer of young talent and helped many previous finalists go on to establish extremely successful careers. This year alone five previous RHS Young Designers featured at the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. 

Kristian’s The Phytosanctuary Garden took on an extremely topical issue in drawing attention to the growing threat of the deadly plant disease Xylella. At first glance it appears to be a beautiful, attainable space for visitors to be inspired by, but look a little deeper and it reveals a more worrying story of the growing threat of this deadly plant disease, highlighted through the incorporation of ‘at risk’ plant species such as an olive tree and lavender which will be wiped out if Xylella spreads to the UK.

On being crowned RHS Young Designer 2019, Kristian said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to be crowned this year’s RHS Young Designer, I am over the moon!  The whole experience has been incredible and I am really excited to see what the future now holds for me.”

Fellow finalist Charlie Hartigan (28, Worcester) was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for her endometriosis inspired garden, while Aiden Cifelli (24, Scotland) and Laurence Senior (25, Yorkshire) both achieved Silver medals for their Caledonian Coastal and Baroque Garden respectively.

Adding to the award-winners at the Show, Cheshire based veteran Pip Probert was presented with a Silver-Gilt medal for Contemplation Corner, a courtyard garden ideal for people looking to transport themselves away from urban life for a moment of peace and contemplation. Meanwhile, there were four Silver-Gilt, five Silver and one Bronze medal awarded in the popular Back to Back category, including The Art and Nature of a Port Sunlight Garden by Liam English from Merseyside, which received Silver-Gilt and the coveted title of ‘Best Back to Back Garden’, while Cheshire based Jane Bingham and Penny Hearn’s Let’s Go Fly a Kite received an ‘excellent in construction’ commendation along with a Silver medal.

In the Floral Marquee, 40 Gold medals were handed out to nurseries with Gladiolus Specialists Pheasant Acre Plants being awardedBest Exhibit in the Floral Marquee’ and Cheshire Bonsai Society are this year’s ‘Best Exhibit in the Plant Hub’ for their display of member grown bonsai. In addition, 40 Silver-Gilts, 11 Silver and 2 Bronze medals were awarded.

A full list of awards can be found on the RHS Media Centre here.

Tickets are still available for RHS Tatton Park which runs from today until Sunday 21 July. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Notes to editors

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About RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (17 – 21 July 2019):
17 July              RHS members only 10am – 6.30pm (inc. Press Morning from 7am)
18 – 20 July      RHS members and non-members 10am – 6:30pm
21 July              10am – 5pm (sell off starts at 4pm)
Venue: Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire
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