RHS Show Tatton Park 2012 – ‘Brownfield Beauty’
In 2012, Tristen entered the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition. After being shortlisted and facing interview at the RHS in London, Tristen was selected as one of the three finalists to receive a £12,000 sponsorship budget to build his design titled ‘Brownfield Beauty’ at the prestigious RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. He fought off stiff competition, earning himself first place and an RHS Silver Gilt medal in the process. Following the announcement Tristen took part in live interviews for BBC radio stations as well as filming for the BBC with Joe Swift, what a week!
The brief for the garden was ‘Colour’ and Tristen based his design around the redevelopment of brownfield sites, focusing on finding the beauty in repurposing old weathered architectural materials such as RSJ beams, old scaffold boards and reclaimed farmyard bricks. The show garden design created a stunning communal garden central to a large residential redevelopment and served as a retreat from the stress of urban life.
The garden focused around two key elements; firstly forming the spine of the garden was an RSJ rill water feature with rustic water falls creating a calming and soothing sound effect for users. Secondly the scaffold board venetian blind screens which could be opened or closed depending on views, weather or privacy required.These scaffold boards also featured contrasting colours on them to alter the mood of the space as required. Other notable features included up-cycled plastic seating and table, reclaimed brick seating cubes within the beds. The garden was surrounded by three stunning Betula nigra trees and a wild flower meadow giving the garden a great sense of intimacy and seclusion.
The garden could not have been such a success without the generosity and assistance of the following suppliers:-
Deepdale Trees (Betula trees)
Thomas Bramwell Furniture (Up-cycled garden furniture)
Stonemarket (Paving and aggregates)
Lateral Design Studio (Aquascape cast iron grates)