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    Designer shortlist announced for Raymond Blanc National Heritage Garden Competition

    Congratulations to Alex Johnson MSGD, Anne Keenan MSGD, Karolyn Mowll MSGD and Kathy Taylor MSGD whose entries have been shortlisted in the Raymond Blanc National Heritage Garden Competition.

    The competition invited Registered Members of the Society of Garden Designers to submit design concepts for a new kitchen garden, using heritage vegetables from the Garden Organic seed library, to be sited within the kitchen gardens at Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

    Run in conjunction with Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Garden Organic, Hartley Botanic and the SGD, the competition was conceived to raise awareness of the on-going work by the charity Garden Organic in promoting organic gardening methods, preserving knowledge and safeguarding rare varieties that were once the mainstay of our British gardens.

    Chair of the SGD, Juliet Sargeant MSGD, who conducted the shortlist with Vice Chair Sean Butler MSGD said: “I now know there is no such thing as a typical kitchen garden! Raymond Blanc and Garden Organic gave a complex and challenging brief for this project and I have been amazed by the variety of design solutions that our members have produced. I am really looking forward to hearing about the design concepts from the designers themselves when they visit Le Manoir in September.”

    The judging panel which includes: Raymond Blanc, Bob Sherman from Garden Organic, Head Gardener at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Anne Marie Owens and Juliet Sargeant and Sean Butler from the SGD, will meet the four designers in late September when the design concept will be presented and the winning designer will be selected.

    The shortlisted designs can be seen here.

    The garden is due to be completed in June 2014.


    As part of the competition, Raymond Blanc is inviting members of the public to apply for a new national garden scholarship to work alongside the winning SGD designer and the Le Manoir garden team on the new heritage garden. The scholarship will provide the essential skills to grow a career in gardening and horticulture. With input from Le Manoir, Garden Organic and the Society of Garden Designers, the scholar will be afforded an integrated programme of gardening, horticulture and design; the perfect springboard for a well-rounded professional. Entries must be received by July 22. Find out more here.




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