Capel Manor garden design student wins Provender Garden competition

A garden design student has won a Provender Nurseries-sponsored competition to design a show garden at Capel Manor College.

Second year Capel Manor diploma student Esra Parr will now revamp one of the 60 show gardens at the specialist college and visitor attraction in Enfield north London.

The competition brief specified that the planting must only involve varieties not already grown at Capel Manor and be vibrant and interesting, with a strong focal point or centre piece.

Students could only select plants starting with eight letters of the alphabet: A, E, L, S, T, V, W and Y.

Judges from Capel Manor and Provender Nurseries chose Parr’s design because of "the rhythm created via planting throughout the garden and the innovative, interesting and varied plant palette."

Parr, who previously worked in television and has started a garden design business since her studies began, said: "The knowledge I’ve gained from the training is what’s given me the confidence to open my own business. It’s been a steep learning curve, despite my background in design and so winning the competition has cemented my belief in my abilities. I feel like I am a great advert for the saying that it’s never too late."

Once Parr’s Provender Garden is planted it will remain at the site for the next three years.

Capel Manor Gardens attracts around 60,000 visitors per year.

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