Brooksby Melton College student and former RHS Young Designer of the Year, Caitlin McLaughlin, will be debuting her first show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year with her garden design company, Thrift Landscapes.
Caitlin’s ‘Resilience Garden’ is an artisan garden measuring 5 metres by 7 metres. The garden, which features bespoke metalwork designed by its sponsor, Jill Clarke Design, demonstrates the strength of the human spirit when faced with struggles surrounding bereavement.
In the creation of this garden, Caitlin aims to raise awareness of the work carried out by Child Bereavement UK, a national charity that supports families when a child dies or when a child is going through the struggles of bereavement. The charity also carries out vital work in educating professionals who support families with bereavement.
Caitlin commented ‘My design is called the ‘Resilience Garden’, and it is all about the ups and downs of life and the hurdles that people are able to overcome. We will begin building the garden on 9th May and will have two weeks to bring our vision into reality, which will be a really exciting process.
I really love what I am doing now and I am keen to continue working on a variety of projects across the country with Thrift Landscapes. In the future I would love to have the opportunity to create a main avenue show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.’
Paul Greene, Horticulture lecturer at BMC added ‘The Level 3 Royal Horticultural Society courses are not easy courses to complete, so to undertake this qualification whilst running a business and participating in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show really is a testament to Caitlin as both a designer and a student.’
Caitlin, 27, has a background in biology and is a self-taught horticulturist and garden designer. She was named the RHS Young Designer of the Year in 2016 and is currently studying her Level 3 RHS qualification at BMC in order to broaden her knowledge of horticulture and garden planning.