Three finalists will design show gardens for Tatton Flower Show

Anca Panait
Anca Panait, 27, has been shortlisted as RHS Young Designer of the Year.

Anca Panait, who works for AHR in Glasgow, is one of three people to be shortlisted for the RHS Young Designer of the Year award.

Each of the finalists will now have to create a show garden for the RHS Tatton Show in July. The challenge, inspired by the idea of using gardens as a workspace, is to create a garden office – whether as a practical or quiet space, a place to hold meetings or a space within an urban setting.

Anca’s proposal connects the standard office with the outdoors to provide a space for observation and for privacy. The woodland style planting of ‘Prospect & Refuge’ echoes this by offering enclosure and escape from the outside world, as height variations provide a buffer from city noise, allowing quiet, undisturbed work.

The other two finalists are London-based Jake Curley and Ula Maria Bujauskaite from Northampton.

Anca has a bachelor’s degree in landscape design and planning from ‘Ion Mincu’​ University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, Romania, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Edinburgh University.

She is an Ambassador for Landscape, and last year mentored students as part of the Green Plan It Glasgow project.

Find out more about the RHS Young Designer competition at


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