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Two Glynd┼Ár Visionary Gardens chosen for RHS Tatton Show 2010

29 June 2010

Students from Glyndwr University have completed a hat trick at the recent Royal Horticultural Society Visionary Garden competition for the prestigious 2010 Tatton show to be staged in July.

Following on from last year’s successful Visionary Garden at Tatton, which secured a Silver Gilt medal for the University, students and lecturers from the HNC Landscape Design course and the FdA Art and Design For Landscape course based at Northop, Flintshire ,submitted garden designs for the international competiton which attracted entries from all over Europe.

Two of the gardens by FdA student Sally Griffiths and lecturer Peter Styles were selected by the RHS and each were awarded a prize of £6,000 for their construction. A third garden by HNC student Gareth Battison- Howard was a runner-up. It is hoped that the garden by Gareth will attract sufficient sponsorship to enable its construction as a Back to Back garden.

The winning gardens are conceptual and explore the idea that a garden can be conceived as a work of art and not as a traditional garden space. This allowed the designers to explore a range of concepts not normally associated with gardens.

Student Sally Griffiths was inspired by the work of artist Fiona Rae and has created a garden that is a reflection of Rae’s work. Sally would like to see her garden inspire others.

Lecturer Peter Styles has taken the concept of a kaleidoscope, combining it with inspiration from the artist Lucy Skaer  to create a garden of mirrors and colour that can only be viewed through narrow apertures in the boundary wall of the garden.

Gareth Battison-Howard has used the theory of natural order to produce a design that utilizes blocks and cubes of primary colour in a geometric layout.

The gardens will be staged and managed by group of students from the Northop and Wrexham campus led by lecturers and programme leader Cerys Alonso,Nicola Sweeting and Peter Styles.

Lecturer Peter Styles said that ‘this is a unique opportunity for the students to participate in a world class event and a fantastic promotional opportunity for the University.’ The RHS were so impressed with the quality of the design work produced by the University that they are planning a live TV promotional event with the University at the Tatton Show.

Peter Styles is also discussing with the RHS the possibility of the BBC filming the students during the build up and construction of the Visionary Garden.
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