01 June 2018

Former Hadlow Student Stuart Charles Towner Wins Silver-Gilt Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show


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We're delighted to announce that the VTB Capital Garden, ‘Spirit of Cornwall’, designed by former Hadlow student Stuart Charles Towner, was awarded a silver-gilt medal at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show:


The garden, and Stuart's debut at the Show, were the subject of much media interest, with celebrity visits from Joanna Lumley and Rosemary Shrager and an excellent interview with Stuart in The Telegraph:

Following the Show, 'Spirit of Cornwall' will be relocated to the College’s Broadview Gardens . The garden will be transplanted in a different format, forming part of the eight acres at Broadview – a unique garden, originally designed and maintained as a teaching resource for students, now open to the public. 


Stuart, who studied BA (Hons) Garden Design at Hadlow College, previously co-designed ‘Green Seam’, which went on to win Gold and Best in Show at the 2015 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. It is planned that Green Seam will also be rebuilt by the Hadlow Group alongside its development of the former colliery in Betteshanger, which the garden was designed to celebrate.

Hadlow College’s Garden Design BA and HND programmes hold ‘Society of Garden Designers Educator Status’ with the BA also boasting Landscape Institute accreditation. Both programmes have a strong design, innovation & creativity focus compared to more traditional courses offered elsewhere - and students work in groups in year 2 of both programmes to plan and present projects to real clients.