Meet the College Street Students – Team Bayet
Introducing Team ‘Bayet’, an Arabic word meaning ‘home’. Their design focuses on the migrant crisis in the middle-east and specifically the importance of gardening for those fleeing war-torn homes to find a new life in Scotland. Here we meet some of the students behind the garden.
Name: Anna Blackwood
Describe yourself: I have come into Garden design as a second career, with a previous career in marketing. Garden design combines my love of gardening with finding creative solutions to problem, to help people get the most out of their precious bit of land. Getting out and about in the outdoors is really important to me, so if I am not in the garden you will find me in a boat out to sea.
Favourite design style: I love wild, free naturalistic gardens with lots of plants, shapes, colours, textures and scents. More plants = less weeding and I believe in the principles of right plant for the right place.
Design Icon: I take inspiration from lots of designers, but love the free flowing shapes of garden designed by Ian Kitson
What’s your motto? No Motto, just like to really understand what the clients’ want and to design to solve problems and open up their outdoor space
What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? Meeting the public and talking plants
Name: Jana Budszus
Describe yourself: creative, curious, love walking.
Favourite design style: smart and sustainable designs.
Design Icon: nature.
What’s your motto? “Not all those who wander are lost.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? Building the garden.
Name: Mari MacRitchie
I come from Glasgow but live in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae when not studying Garden Design at SRUC in Edinburgh. The local newspaper on the island is ‘The Largs and Millport Weekly News’
I was a Make-up and Hair Designer for film and Television and had a business a Complimentary Therapist and teacher working with Oriental Therapies including Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Yoga and Craniosacral Therapy. When we built a house on Millport I took a small community garden plot and the task of designing and planting our large garden. This inspired me to take a Practical Horticulture Course at Glasgow Botanic Gardens and then further my studies with a Garden Design HND in Edinburgh.
My team’s Garden is Bayet which is Arabic for Home. The design incorporates a curved bridge path and water rill and has beautiful planting that could grow in a Mediterranean climate or Scotland.
I like a garden to feel like a welcome to a home, not empty or cluttered. A designer that inspires is Andy Sturgeon but I also love the Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles Jenks and his late wife Maggie Keswick in Portrack, Dumfries Scotland.
My motto, given to me by my father, is to ‘Be a Go-Getter’ and I look forward to just doing that and being part of a Gardening Scotland Show Garden Team.
Name: Wilma McNulty
Describe yourself: I love travelling and have been fortunate enough to have visited and been inspired by many gardens and National Parks from India to the USA. On returning from living in Spain and with a passion for plants, I challenged myself to study Garden Design at SRUC and I have not looked back since. I also enjoy cooking and I love nothing better than walking in the Scottish countryside in all seasons with my husband and two teenage children.
Favourite design style: I don’t really have a favourite design style although I particularly enjoyed learning about the Italian Renaissance style gardens and they are definitely on my list of gardens to visit in the near future.
Design Icon: Piet Oudolf and Sarah Price
What’s your motto? Carpe diem
What are you most looking forward to at Gardening Scotland? I am looking forward to seeing all the gardens on College Street