Rob Dwiar down to last three for Young Designer of the Year 2016

Writtle College graduate makes RHS final

Landscape architecuture graduate Rob Dwiar has joined the finalists for this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Young Designer of the Year.

Dwiar completed a BSc in landscape and garden design and postgraduate diploma in landscape architecture at Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex, before joining Bristol-based multidisciplinary practice International Design Group as a landscape architect.

The final will take place at at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (20–24 July) where Dwiar and the other two finalists will design a show garden based on this year’s theme of ‘health, happiness and horticulture’. Dwiar’s design, called 'A Home from Home', uses rural and urban elements to create a peaceful retreat.

Dwiar said: ‘I am truly thrilled to be one of the finalists. It'll be a great experience to build and exhibit a show garden at a prestigious RHS Flower Show and I hope it's the start of something big in my career as a garden designer and landscape architect. I hope to emulate the success of previous finalists by making it to Main Avenue at Chelsea some day.’

The competition is open to garden designers under 28, with previous finalists going on to display at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Established garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes will act as a mentor for the young gardeners, offering advice and support. He said: This competition is highly respected in the industry and has produced some amazing new young talent. This year is no exception and I am excited about the gardens that will be produced.’

The RHS flower show takes place at Tatton Park on 20–24 July, See their website for tickets. 

In addition to designing their own Show Garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, the finalists will also work together to build a feature garden for the RHS London Spring Plant Extravaganza (1-2 April). This will take the form of an outdoor office, showing benefits of greenery in the workplace.

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