Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College present winning designers

Provender Nurseries in conjunction with Capel Manor College, Enfield campus, are pleased to announce two deserving winners of the Provender Nurseries Redesign competition 2016.

(L to R) Richard McKenna Soofiya Bandy Sophie Guiness Gillian Rea
(L to R) Richard McKenna Soofiya Bandy Sophie Guiness Gillian Rea

Provender Nurseries sponsor a garden at Capel Manor College and have for the last 4 years selected a design that best represents the use of the space in the garden with a broad interesting range of plants that fulfil the brief.

Provender redesign 2016 Soofia Bandy

The design brief was for a couple who wish to entertain and wanted a contemporary feel to the garden with an emphasis on the colour red. The brief was given to students of Garden Design Advanced Diploma as part of their coursework. The winning designs being awarded a cash prize of £250.00 by Provender Nurseries. Plants were to be selected from Provender Nurseries website.
Judging took place in March following a visit to Provender Nurseries with Sophie Guinness and Julie Dowbiggin of Capel Manor College and Liz Hughes of Provender Nurseries with presentations from each student of their design justifying plant choice and talking through their individuals designs in detail.
The two designs selected were by Soofia Bandy and Gillian Rea.

Soofia uses multi-stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii as a focal point, Laurus nobilis ‘Bay Junior’ and an evergreen hedge of Ilex crenata ‘Glorie Dwarf’ for structure with a pallete of reds, oranges, violet reds and blacks providing impressive summer colour.
Gillian features repetition of Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’, Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’ and Astelia ‘Red Devil’ for structure with grasses and perennials providing summer and winter interest.

Soofia applies her knowledge of art and design obtained from touring in Europe to combine both traditional and contemporary approaches in her garden designs. Gillian has a love of drawing and uses her knowledge of interior design to realise her further goal of becoming a garden designer. Soofia has now finished her studies while Gillian has another year before completing.

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