A Scottish Rural College student from Mayfield was part of a garden design team that won two awards at Gardening Scotland recently.
The gardens designed and created by Kellie MacAndrew (27),and her fellow second year students at SRUC’s Edinburgh Campus, joined another eight show gardens at the annual showpiece event held at Ingliston.
Winning Silver Gilt was the team’s ‘Reader’s Imagination’ garden which focussed on how gardens have inspired famous thinkers and writers over the years, and saw them work with the Edinburgh Society of Model Engineers (ESME) on a rotating chair included in the design.
Kellie, who designed the garden told the Advertiser: “We are all overjoyed about it.
“We worked really hard and are thrilled. It’s been quite a long journey, almost a full year from start to finish, it’s really come together in the last month or so.
“We spent just over a week at the site. We constructed quite a lot of timber elements at the campus. Then we got construction in. And on the site we did the planting.
“Our design is based on the fact that gardens have inspired people to think creatively, so we did just that. The model engineers had the expertise and they turned round ideas in no time.
“It’s been quite labour intensive but we have had a lot of fun doing it.”
Taking centre stage in the award-winning design is the winged Chesterfield chair mounted on a turntable. The specially engineered spinning Chesterfield was used in place of the rotating shed playwright George Bernard Shaw once used to follow the sun.
The SRUC team also won Silver at the final judging at Ingliston for their ‘Knitted Garden’, with a concept based around fibre yielding plants and exploring and celebrating the art of weaving and knitting plant fibres into textiles. Central to the design was a tree covered in crochet and knitting ‘yarn bombing’ style.
Looking to the future gardening student Kellie made a surprising admission to the Advertiser: “I have never really had my own garden!
“I have got a keen interest in design and gardening has been something I have had interest in but never really practiced. I like building things, designing things.
“I will get my degree next year hopefully, then after that I’ll go into design or horticulture. I’m still not quite sure, but I will see how I feel.”