Landscape Design Students Win Double at Taunton Flower Show (August 2010)

Taunton Flower Show WinnersBridgwater College students were proud winners of a gold medal in the ‘Designer Garden’ category at this year’s Taunton Flower Show, beating last year’s fantastic silver gilt medal. To top it all they also won the Western Daily Press Cup for Best in Show.

The winning garden was designed and constructed by second year Foundation Degree students Will Brett from Bridgwater and Yvey Phillips from Rooksbridge, who are both progressing onto the BSc Honours in Landscape Design. This new haul of awards joins the bronze medal won by the current BSc Honours in Landscape Design students at the 2010 Gardeners’ World Live Show at Birmingham's NEC in June.

The award-winning show garden, named The Pad, is a water garden inspired by the Water Lily, with a decking area, raised beds, a stepping stone and shade sail, all in the shape of a lily pad. Designed with a professional couple with no children in mind, The Pad provides a relaxing, sensuous space in which to enjoy some precious free time. Its low maintenance approach means less time spent maintaining it and more time enjoying it.

On being presented with the award, a very happy but tearful Yvey said, “I’m so ecstatic that we have won not only a gold medal but also the Western Daily Press Cup. We were on site until 2.15 last night and I was back again at 5.30 this morning so all our hard work has been worth it!”

Yvey and Will carried out preparation work with staff at the College’s Cannington Centre, before building the garden for real at Vivary Park, for the Flower Show. Bridgwater College Programme Manager for Landscape Design, Iain Truman said: “I’m fantastically proud of what the students have achieved, after five days preparatory work in the College workshop and three days on site, they truly deserve to have won gold. To win the Best in Show as well is just phenomenal.”