College Street Students – Team Home Profiles

Meet Victoria and Shaun from Team Home, who are looking forward to the experience of displaying a show garden at Gardening Scotland

Name: Victoria Wren

Describe yourself: Conscientious, creative and adventurous.Victoria Wren

Favourite design style: In general I adore a bit of Scandinavian chic and when it comes to gardens I love them to have a sense of organic, natural wilderness in at least one area.

Design Icon: Mary Portas (I was Visual Merchandiser in my previous career) and in terms of garden design icons – Mary Reynolds for her gorgeous, organic feeling gardens, the Rich brothers for their modernity and taste and Sarah Price for her bold ideas and beautiful planting schemes.

What’s your motto? Remember when you wanted everything you have now.

What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? Having the opportunity to build a show garden there and learning about all the stages it takes to turn a show garden concept into reality.

Name: SHAUN PAUL DOWSE

Shaun DowseDescribe yourself: I’m a little off-the-wall. I’ve been working as a landscape gardener since I was a youngster, but after years spent constructing gardens in the elements I’ve decided to take better care of myself physically and apply myself to design work instead. Choosing to return to education was an easy decision for me. I became a father to twins, and was starting to feel the aches and pains brought on by years of heavy lifting! I hope to work as a Landscape Architect after graduating, although still keen to design private gardens on the side. I like the idea of creating spaces for the benefit and well-being of the community. And I look forward to not complaining about the weather and The Sair Back.

Favourite design style: I love all design styles if they’re well executed. I can’t criticise expression. I tend to design in a contemporary style but with abstract influence from traditional, industrial and arts & crafts movements. Although I absolutely love minimalism, it requires too much self-control for me!

Design Icon: I’m not religious, but would say that the world is pretty good at designing itself. Anybody who embraces the natural way of things is a design icon to me. Is that vague enough? However, I recently became aware of the work of Christine Ten Eyck and her studio in Austin, Texas. Wow!

What’s your motto? – Quality over quantity!

What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? – I was lucky enough to experience Gardening Scotland for the first time in 2018, representing the SRUC when I designed and constructed a maritime themed pallet garden – the Bric-A-Brac Balcony Beach Garden. I loved the experience and came away with a Silver Gilt award, but was envious of the camaraderie displayed by exhibitors who worked as part of a team. This year, I think we’ll have a blast as both Team Home & Team Bayet are working right beside each other. We’ve got a great class at SRUC and look forward to sharing the experience at Gardening Scotland 2019.

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