Landscape graduate awarded RHS Young Planting Designer of the Year

Katie Maude on her award winning garden at Tatton Park

A graduate from the Department of Landscape has won the Royal Horticultural Society award for young planting designer of the year at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

Katie Maude, who graduated from the MA in Landscape Architecture in 2015, won the coveted award for her Urban Retreat Garden, which was also awarded a Gold RHS medal.

Katie, who is a Landscape Architect at Urban Green in Manchester, worked with landscape contractor Matthew Beesley to create the garden at the RHS show in July.

Katie said: “When we were awarded the gold medal and Young Planting Designer award, I was over the moon and delighted that all the hard work and planning had paid off. I have found the whole experience of building a show garden challenging, but highly rewarding. It has been valuable to put my knowledge of plants, including what I learnt at Sheffield, into practice, whilst working with a landscape contractor. I have met some lovely people along the way and I hope to use the positive experience as a stepping stone to more exciting things.”

The brief for Katie’s garden was to create a north-facing, urban garden, which experienced shade from neighbouring properties. The planting was chosen to evoke the feel of a woodland and included hostas, ferns and rhododendrons. These were punctuated by multi-stem birch trees, which provided a light canopy. Hard landscaping included a running water feature, a fixed canopy and pathways throughout.

Katie's Urban Retreat Garden at RHS Tatton Park The RHS Young Planting Designer of the Year Award Bug hotels on Katie's garden

Katie said: “I was very pleased when we were given the 'Urban' theme, it was a good way to reflect the importance of gardens in urban areas and the range of benefits that they can offer. It was also a good opportunity to focus on the incorporation and fusion of woodland-style planting within an urban setting in order to create a garden retreat with a sense of enclosure and tranquility.”

Katie’s interest in planting design developed during her two-year course in the Department of Landscape.

“During my time at Sheffield, I really enjoyed the planting design modules. In the MA2 year, my Special Project was based on the design and management of an area of Trentham Gardens, Staffordshire, which included woodland garden areas. My dissertation was about the history and design of British nineteenth century woodland gardens. This interest ultimately fed through to the RHS garden.”

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