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Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College present winning designer

Provender Nurseries in conjunction with Capel Manor College, Enfield campus, are pleased to announce Claire Stubbings as the winner of this year’s Provender Nurseries Garden Design Competition.

The collaboration between Provender Nurseries and students of Garden Design is now in its 5th year with judging taking place in March. Each year students follow a brief which this year was to design a garden for a professional couple, who like to entertain regularly want a contemporary feel and to include some screening trees with seasonal interest, winter structure, wall shrubs or climbers to clothe the walls and herbaceous planting that favours the colour red. The design is based around the Provender Nurseries Display Garden at Capel Manor Enfield with hard landscaping features that cannot be removed or altered. All changes can only be made in the plant choice and style of planting.

Students of Garden Design at Capel Manor College, Enfield Campus presented their designs to Liz Hughes of Provender Nurseries, Sophie Guinness and Mark Cook of Capel Manor College. Each student talked through their designs justifying plant choices and highlighting plants or areas of interest.

Claire’s design was selected for the simplicity provided in the planting using the repetition of form, texture and colour with the selection of plants.

Structure is provided by the use of Prunus lusitanica pleached trees and Buxus sempervirens balls of varying sizes.  The red that the client requires in the brief is present in the form of repeated planting of Persicaria aff. ‘Darjeeling Red’, the red tipped Panicum virgatum ‘Shenadoah’, the specimen Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ an upright form with excellent red foliage colour in the autumn and extended through to the spring with early flowering Tulip ‘Red Hat’, ‘Greuze’ and ‘Merlot’.

Claire has previously worked in a small specialist nursery and Roald Dahl’s garden gaining experience in understanding how plants grow in unison and how seasons affect maintenance and form.  At present Claire is working on an on-going re-design project of a coastal garden in the U.S.A which should take about 5 years.  Claire has one year left of study at Capel Manor.

Claire was awarded a cash prize by Richard McKenna, managing director of Provender Nurseries.

Judging is still to take place of another re-design project for Capel Manor Garden Design students at Regents Park.  The design is for an area called The Island which is open to the public and is a main focal point for people coming out of the Rose Garden.

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