The winning garden designer and winning garden scholar in the inaugural Raymond Blanc Heritage Garden competition have been named
The winning garden designer and winning garden scholar in the inaugural Raymond Blanc Heritage Garden competition have been named. The designer is Anne Keenan MSGD and scholar is David Love Cameron. Anne is a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD), Anne’s design concept was chosen by a judging panel that included Raymond Blanc, Bob Sherman from Garden Organic and Juliet Sargeant from the SGD. David is from County Antrim and previous work includes being a project co-ordinator for Organic horticulture and working on edible education projects to groups of adults.
The Heritage Garden competition, run in conjunction with Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Garden Organic, Hartley Botanic and the SGD, was conceived to raise awareness of the on-going work by national charity Garden Organic in promoting organic gardening methods, preserving knowledge and safeguarding rare varieties that were once the mainstay of our British gardens.
Commenting on the winning designer, Raymond Blanc said: "It was not an easy decision with four strong designs to consider. Anne's design fully incorporated the Hartley Botanical green house as the main focus of the garden. The design is aesthetically pleasing yet practical for the maximum production and display of heritage vegetables which was important to me. I can't wait to start and I think David will be a fantastic member of the team and we are looking forward to working together."
The competition invited Registered Members of the SGD to submit design concepts for a new kitchen garden. The garden will feature heritage vegetables from the Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library, and will be sited within the kitchen gardens at Raymond Blanc’s two-Michelin star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Describing her winning design concept, Anne Keenan said: “I was very much inspired by the Le Manoir site itself, the shapes, materials and general spirit of the place. I love the honey‐coloured stone contrasting with the warm terracotta tiles and chimneys, the leaves of the plants, the repeating circles seen in the dovecote, path junctions and clipped box balls. Even the church gate helped in the creation of my master plan.”
David added he was "delighted to have been selected and hugely excited at the prospect of working at Le Manoir."
Bob Sherman of Garden Organic said: “Anne's winning design demonstrated how well she had understood the brief for the competition. Her design was inventive, creative and relatively straightforward in the sense that it would not be complicated to put together and very manageable once completed as a garden. It also reflected the theme of heritage varieties very well and was designed to ensure the heritage vegetables played a starring role."
The design concept utilises circles as a devise to overcome the unusual shape of The Heritage Garden and to facilitate strong visual and physical connections between the glasshouse, the Heritage Garden and the adjacent vegetable and herb gardens.
The garden will open in June 2014 and Anne will be responsible for the planning, planting and overseeing the building of the garden, working alongside the team at Le Manoir.