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going for gold

Posted by Jean Vernon on 06 Jul 2009 at 04:50 PM

Jack Dunckley is possibly Britains youngest Garden Designer. He's certainly the youngest designer with a garden at this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. It's been a busy year.In February he was invited to design a balcony garden at the London Plant and Design Show where he won a silver medal. In early May he built a show garden The Malvern Gardening Show, where he won a Silver Gilt.

At this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show he has created A Desert's Delight, it's the largest show garden on site this year and his very first at Hampton Court.

"I'm really excited and really pleased to have a garden here, it's what I've been working for for 2-3 years, maybe even more. I started gardening, when I was really keen and wanted to be out in the garden  probably when I was 10. I spend most of my free time in the garden. My mates don't understand it really. They take the mick a bit, but its not that much of a big deal. They have no idea what goes into it."

So having already won a bronze, a silver and a silver-gilt medal already is he hopeful to get the elusive Gold. "I'm relatively positive," he says "there are a few things I know are wrong with it, but I'm really pleased with it." Watch the website for details of the Show Garden awards.

So what's next for this enigmatic young man? "I'd like to go for Chelsea next year if I can get a sponsor." Any one who is interested should get in touch with Jack at

Jack's' waiting for my GCSE results too and hopes to study at Kew or Wisley. "I'm good with plant names really, I know pretty much the names of all the plants in here. There's a few that I don't know, I keep getting introduced to new plants which I'm learning."

Whatever he does you can be sure we won't have seen the last of his youthful energy and style.



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