SRUC Students Double Award Win at Gardening Scotland!

Published Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 in Garden Design news

Gardening Scotland, Environment Minister 2015

SRUC’s garden design students excelled themselves with their creativity, imagination and flair winning Silver Gilt and Silver for their two show gardens at Gardening Scotland.

The gardens, designed and created by 2nd year students at SRUC’s Edinburgh Campus, joined another eight show gardens at Gardening Scotland which ran 29-31 May, together showcasing the crème de la crème of Scottish garden design.

Minister for Environment Aileen McLeod visited the gardens and met the designers alongside SRUC’s Acting Chief Executive, Janet Swadling. The Minister learned about the designers’ concepts and the hard work which went into bringing the designs to life. They even got involved in knitting with natural fibres for one of the gardens.

Winning Silver Gilt was the “Readers Imagination” garden which focussed on how gardens have inspired famous thinkers and writers over the years. Taking centre stage was a winged Chesterfield chair mounted on a turntable. The specially engineered spinning Chesterfield was used in place of the rotating shed George Bernard once used to follow the sun. The winning design was created by student Kellie MacAndrew, Dalkeith.

Readers Imagination Garden 2015

In the Knitted Garden 2015

The "Knitted Garden" won Silver at the final judging, and earlier in the year saw designer Susan White, Falkirk, jointly awarded the Artisan Award from Gardening Scotland, for her creative and ingenious design. Susan’s concept was based around fibre yielding plants, and exploring and celebrating the art of weaving and knitting plant fibres into textiles. Central to the garden design was a tree covered in crochet and knitting ‘yarn bombing’ style.

Both gardens were prepared and created by a team of 10 students. Representing the double award winning team Kathryn Tinder, student team coordinator said:

“We are delighted with our wins!  I think we did really well in delivering Susan and Kellie’s fantastic garden designs. And what a fabulous learning experience it has been!

“It was a real team effort - we really pulled together and have learnt a lot about the organisation, preparation and timing which has been vital to creating our successful show gardens. 

“It was exciting seeing the show gardens come together over the last few days, because prior to this we had only ever worked on parts of the gardens. It’s almost been like dressing a theatre set – to see the whole design come together and adding the final creative touches.”

Speaking from Gardening Scotland Janet said:

“I would like to congratulate our Garden Design students on their innovative, exciting and unique show gardens created for Gardening Scotland.  The students’ have worked extremely hard and I am delighted to hear of their award wins – they are fantastic achievements and are testament to the high quality horticulture and garden design courses available at SRUC. 

“Garden design requires attention to detail, plant knowledge, technical competence and artistic flair; and that has been ably demonstrated and rewarded here today.”

SRUC offers a wide range of courses within the Horticulture Programme. They range from community programmes through National Certificate to Honours Degree level and are delivered from our Elmwood, Oatridge, Ayr and Edinburgh campuses. SRUC’s Barony Campus also offers courses in forestry such as Forest Management and Forest Mechanisation.

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