Garden Design students at Capel Manor College in Regents Park campus were set a tough task earlier this year to redesign the planting on an area known as The Island which is a popular part of Regents Park and a focal point for visitors to the Rose Wheel.
The re-design project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Provender Nurseries in which garden design students redesign an allocated area using plants only to be found on Provender Nurseries website. Once completed each student gives a 3 minute presentation of their design and then answer questions about their plant choice for 3 minutes to Capel Manor design staff and Liz Hughes of Provender Nurseries.
This year’s designs were judged by Mark Rowe, Assistant Park Manager of Regents Park and Liz Hughes, Marketing Manager at Provender Nurseries. The winner of the design competition is given a cheque for £250.00 by Provender Nurseries.
27 designs were presented with some clever interpretations of The Island and inventive use of social media to promote the venue within Regents Park. The winning design ‘Light and Reflection’ by Tessa Parikian was selected due to the clever use of reflection in the water that added another dimension to the overall planting scheme and stated that the design and plant choice showed ‘an excellent theme, excellent planting and excellent graphics’.
Tessa’s design proposal added structure and opened views across The Island creating a lighter, airy feel. The plant choice gave a very long seasonal interest with focal points throughout. Three Betula utilis var. ‘Jacquemontii’ stand sentinel with the winter sun catching the white bark set against unfurling ferns, snowdrops and primula sin the spring. Dierama, Rheum and Anemones provide height and structure through the later seasons. The use of Stachyrus chinensis ‘Celine’ and Euonymus alatus compactus showed an excellent choice of shrubs. The dense planting enhances light and reflections in the water. The presentation drawings were of excellent quality and showed a great understanding of where The Island is viewed from by most visitors.
Tessa’s background in the creative arts and her lifelong experience of gardening and horticulture has led to her decision to study garden design and will complete her course in November 2017. More of Tessa’s work can be found at Tessa Parikian Garden Design
The winning cheque of £250.00 was presented to Tessa Parikian by Richard McKenna, Managing Director of Provender Nurseries.