Scientists benefit from Young Designer garden

Discover how one of the gardens from the show has found a new lease of life in a science park

Eds Higgins with his garden at Tatton Park 2018
A garden created for the Young Designer competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2018 has found a new home, providing a much-needed breakout area for employees of a science park. 

The materials for Finding [urban] Nature, a silver-medal winning garden designed by Eds Higgins, have been used to create a space for researchers and scientists at BioCity in Nottingham, providing an outdoor area to enjoy during work hours. There's even space for meetings outside too. 

“The garden is already being used and enjoyed, so hopefully by the end of spring 2019, it’ll be fully operational,” explains Eds. “There are a few additions still yet to go into the garden, such as a blackboard that can be used for brainstorming ideas in meetings.

Creating the garden at BioCity
“The garden I created at Tatton was inspired by a brownfield site that sits adjacent to the building at BioCity so it’s come full circle. The plants included in the garden are those that you’d expect to find in a brownfield site.”

Claire Russell, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at BioCity, said: “It’s important that BioCity has outdoor break-out spaces on site and Eds’ unique design is ideal for our grounds. It is also fantastic that we are able to preserve our own piece of the Island site, particularly with an award-winning garden.”

Eds' design was part of the 10th anniversary of the Young Designer competition at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in 2018, where he competed against four other designers in a bid to take the title. The level of competition was strong and it was designer Will Williams who took the Young Designer crown in 2018 with his creation, At One.

See the 2018 Young Designer gardens.

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