Shooting Star Children’s Hospices are delighted that garden designer Emilie Bausager has received not one but two awards for her garden as part of the Young Designer gardens at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park last week, in support of her local children’s hospice charity.

The competition is a launchpad for young designers, offering them an opportunity to create a garden at the prestigious flower show, with Emilie deciding to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Emile’s garden, a re-imagining of how a city driveway could look if we ditched our cars, was awarded a Silver Medal by the judges, and it was equally loved by the public, receiving the People’s Choice Award for best large garden. You can see photos of the award-winning garden here.

Emilie said, “Tatton Park and the Young Designer competition is such a great opportunity for new designers to experiment with design and really push the boundaries of garden design. It’s a truly chaotic, but freeing experience!

“I wanted to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as it’s a special charity to me as it’s in the area where my family home is, and my parents have supported the charity for many years. Helping bring awareness to a charity that does such important work was a no brainer when planning to build a garden at Tatton. I have been able to create a truly unique garden and have fun, whilst also hopefully getting the word out about the charity and the work they do and getting donations from the visiting public.”

Shooting Star Children’s Hospices Executive Vice-President Karen Sugarman MBE said, “We are incredibly proud of Emilie and so thrilled that she has been awarded the People’s Choice and Silver Awards for the stunning and innovative designs and chose Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as the inspiration.”

Emilie originally trained as an artist making sculpture and installations. She explains her transition into landscaping, “When I moved into a flat with a roof terrace, I started growing my own fruit and veg and playing with plant combinations. I started to think of how to combine two passions and embarked on a garden design education which led me to starting my own company two years ago. I still work as an artist and love to blend both fields with conceptual designs for gardens.”

Emilie’s garden, Rehearse, is designed for a family of classical musicians living in a city. By adopting a greener lifestyle and travelling by bike or public transport, the family can transform an existing driveway between house and street into a green oasis that will support wildlife and provide space for the family to enjoy.

It’s a calming courtyard in which each element is placed to reflect the sounds of musical instruments in a visual form. It features a circular, meandering route with water features that bring natural sound to the garden.

Emilie said, “The door in the garden is in the shape of a thumb print, in honour of the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices logo.” Our logo features one of the charity’s ‘Friendlies’ characters. The fingerprint characters reflect our care service – as all fingerprints are unique and each family is given care and support based on their individual needs. The characters also act to show that children’s hospices can be fun and happy places.

Both our hospices, Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford, have gardens specially designed for the needs of the children with life-limiting conditions and their families to enjoy. From specially adapted play equipment and sensory trails, as well as open areas to sit and reflect. Many of the children we support have complex medical conditions and limited ways of interacting with the world, so the colours and smells of a garden can be a wonderful way of providing them with fun sensory experiences.

“Gardens and outdoor space play an incredibly important role in society as a place for relaxation, play and connecting with nature,” continue Emilie. “During this difficult time with Covid-19 I think now more than ever people have seen the good for both mental and physical health that being outside can do.”

On winning the People’s Choice Award, Emilie said on her Instagram, “OMG! We won the People’s Choice Award for RHS Tatton. To say this was a surprise is an understatement. Could not have done any of this without my awesome team and all of our sponsors. The garden has been built in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices; a charity close to my heart so it means even more to win for them!”

The plants that were used in Emilie’s garden are set to be sold, with the proceeds being donated to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Emilie has also promised to come and lend her expertise in the hospice gardens in the future.

Find out about the importance of the benefit of the gardens at our hospices here.

See photos of Emilie’s award-winning garden here and find out more about Emilie Bausager and her gardens at www.emiliebausagerlandscapes.co.uk.