garden designers of the future?
Designers of the future – who will be selected for this year’s CBMS scholarship?

Everyone reading the Dobies of Devon blog is a keen gardener; but how many of us aspire to becoming a garden designer, with all that such a career entails? Well, enter for the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show and you could be on the way to becoming one of the “untapped source” that the world of horticulture is looking for. Somebody who can “create gardens that can compete on a world stage,” in the words of Chris Beardshaw himself, who set up the scheme in conjunction with TCAS (Three Counties Agricultural Society) a few years back, with the generous sponsorship of Bradstone.

and the winner is..
and the winner is – Caroline Butler, alongside Doreen Smillie (Show Manager, TCAS, centre) and Chris Beardshaw (left)

This year the theme was ‘Atom’, to celebrate the UN’s ‘International Year of Chemistry’, and though science personally leaves me cold, and I did not understand the scientific meaning of any of the gardens (I should have been more diligent at school!), they were quite miraculous: each potential scholar had his or her individual interpretation, resulting in gardens that were all so very different. Tomorrow I’ll post a photo of Caroline’s garden.

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