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Kate and Tamara reign supreme in Great Gardening Challenge

A female gardening duo have secured victory on television’s Great Gardening Challenge.

The pair won the Channel Five contest by creating three unique gardens in separate locations across England. These were located at Glenfield Hospital in the midlands city of Leicester, at the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, and in the north west at Norris Green Park, Liverpool.

Judges Mark Gregory and Carol Klein praised the pair’s professionalism and beautiful plantings, while Tamara Bridge, the Norfolk-based half of the duo, said that working on the series really developed their belief in the power of plants. Kate Savill, meanwhile, acknowledged that winning was a huge compliment.

Tamara joined forces with Bristol-based Kate when they met at the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition, in which they both made the finals. They have since collaborated on various projects as ‘Gardens by Kate & Tamara’, although they more often work separately in their local areas.

Both were awarded gold medals for their creations, while Tamara was declared the contest’s overall winner. Prior to the win, they had already designed a number of gardens for RHS shows, so the future, as viewed from the comfort of their rattan garden furniture, certainly looks rosy.

The pair managed to perform in the face of intense pressure, having only 48 hours to complete each community garden. There was also some challenging inclement weather that led to a lot of mud, but neither let that faze them. Nor were they daunted by a strict budget, and they were in fact praised for their money management skills as well as their horticultural prowess.

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