RHS Design Competition

a journey of discovery

RHS Design Competition <p>a journey of discovery</p>

The Great British Garden

A Winning Garden

One of its most loved areas during the London 2012 Games, the Great British Garden, was the result of a design competition by the Royal Horticultural Society and London 2012, which offered two individuals the opportunity to help design a garden for the Olympic Park which would be worked on by garden designer Sarah Price to deliver a beautiful corner of the park.

The final design of the Great British Garden was built upon the initial design ideas of the two competition winners (Rachel Read and Hannah Clegg), as well as workshops with the winners, to create a garden which resembles a journey of discovery.

Visitors pass through three themed gardens that reflect the colours of the Olympic medals: Bronze, Silver and Gold; with each of the gardens having its own individual character including elements of colour, fun and discovery.

Games For All

From the Great British Garden you have great views of the Olympic Stadium. During the Games it welcomed people of all ages; students from four different schools were involved in running activities within the Garden during the sporting day.


In the bronze section, children and adults took part in cup-stacking competitions, hula-hoop dancing, face-painting and puzzles while admiring the bronze-coloured plants and trees.


The silver section, centred on a human-sized sun dial set within an area of silver coloured paving, offered games loved by all the family – including skipping and target games.


In the gold section, spiral planting beds led visitors through this garden to a stately Pierre de Coubertin oak tree – and a challenging, but fun obstacle course awaited visitors.

Each part of the garden is separated by an arch of plants woven into each other, which were full of good luck messages from children to the athletes competing in the Games