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    Matt Jones wins Garden Design Competition

    Now in its sixth year, the collaboration between Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College continues to be a success for allProvender Nurseries are happy to announce Matt Jones of London Plantsman as the winner of the Garden Design Competition.
    Differing from previous competitions a new garden from the Capel Manor show gardens (The National Gardening Centre) was selected for the planting redesign, The Family Garden.
    Matt’s redesign of the Family Garden called ‘Summer Entertaining’ was chosen as the winning entry. This was due to the contemporary feel to the year-round planting, mostly in the late summer months when the clients entertain. These criteria were set out in the brief.
    The cool planting palette was inspired by the Hydrangea Valley at Trebah in Cornwall. The planting is soft and focuses attention inwards in the garden to cocoon and envelope the clients when entertaining.
    A selection of long flowering Hydrangea macrophylla ‘For Ever and Ever Pink’ provided the main planting base for the rest of the plant selection with cool whites and subtle pinks to set off the choices of Ferns and existing Betula uti. var Jacquemontii. An interesting selection of bulbs extend the period of interest in the garden.
    Judging took place in June with over 15 students of Garden Design at Capel Manor College, Enfield Campus. Students had to present their designs to Liz Hughes of Provender Nurseries and Sophie Guinness of Capel Manor College. Each student talked through their designs justifying plant choices and pointing out areas of interest.
    Matt presented his design and plant choices well, as he would do to a client. Matt has an HND in Fashion & Textiles and a background in luxury fashion retail. This will hold him in good stead now that he has graduated from the Level 3 Plants & Planting design course. Matt plans to become a full time garden designer. He is currently working full time designing planting schemes before returning to Capel Manor to complete Level 3 Hard Landscaping.
    Matt has been presented with a cheque for £250.00 for winning the garden design competition. Judging at Regents Park campus will take place in November.
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