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L-R: Richard McKenna, Claire Stubbings, Sophie Guinness

Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College present winning designer

Provender Nurseries in conjunction with Capel Manor College, Enfield campus, have announced 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 fifth year with judging taking place in March.

Each year students follow a brief the this year, the scope 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 was based around the Provender Nurseries Display Garden at Capel Manor Enfield with hard landscaping features that could not be removed or altered. The only changes that could be made were 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.

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

Stubbings 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.

Currently, Stubbings is working on an on-going re-design project of a coastal garden in the U.S.A which is expected to take five years. She has one year left of study at Capel Manor.

She 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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