A winner is announced! Gardens of Cornwall with BBC Radio
Cornwall garden design competition
Louise Todd from St Ives has won the prestigious award to
design a 'garden of Cornwall' to be created at
the Royal Cornwall Show (8-10 June) and for the BBC Show Garden
at the RHS' Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (6-9 July).
Judging took place on Friday 24th March at Lanhydrock where
over 70 entries where examined. Judges Tracey Wilson (Duchy
of Cornwall Nursery), John Harris (Tresillian Estate), Alistair
Rivers (Duchy College), Nigel Pascoe (Flambards), all GardenLine
presenters on BBC Radio Cornwall, plus Tim Hubbard (BBC Radio
Cornwall) and Claire Vickers (Cornwall Gardens Project) were
thrilled with the quality and standard of all the entries:
"This has been an absolutely amazing experience; we
couldn't be more delighted with the presentation, skill
and beauty of some of the entries that we have received. This
is going to be a real challenge to find just one winner,"
said Tim Hubbard.
However, after much deliberation a winner was chosen: Louise
Todd from St Ives, a keen amateur gardener whose winning design
sums up many aspects of what is a 'garden of Cornwall'.
Claire Vickers from the Cornwall Gardens Project says: "The
great thing about this design is that we have a hot, dry garden
at the front with a circular pebble courtyard, then a granite
wall intersecting the middle of the garden with a gate leading
to a cooler, jungle inspired planted garden. A contemporary
piece of sculpture is also placed within the garden, bringing
together the artistic and cultural energy that Cornwall has
Louise's design will be interpreted by Duchy College
and built as a show garden for display outside the Floral
Marquee at Royal Cornwall Show. The show garden will then
be taken to RHS' Hampton Court Flower Show in July and
will be built by the four GardenLine presenters and Tim Hubbard.
On hearing the news of her winning entry, Louise Todd exclaimed:
"I am completely overwhelmed and a little scared,
this means so much to me. The idea began with Barbara Hepworth's
garden where there is a fusion of contemporary art with traditional
garden design, providing a distinctive and iconic garden of
A second category is still open to Years 8 and 9 secondary
school students in Cornwall. Pupils will be asked to submit
designs for a landscape planting scheme suitable for a roundabout
that will welcome people to Cornwall with the use of plants
and features that evoke a garden landscape. Winners will receive
plants worth £500 for their school and individual prizes
related to gardening and landscape design. Closing date for
entries has been extended to May 26th 2006 and entries should
be sent to: Carole Gravett, Duchy College, Rosewarne, Camborne,
TR14 0AB. To download an entry form, visit: www.gardensofcornwall.com
or go to www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall
for more information.
For further information please contact Jane Adkins, Chrissie
Williams or Laura Griffiths at ADPR Ltd on 01935 826451 or
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Cornwall Gardens Development
Project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Cornwall Enterprise's Gardens Project is a three year, high
profile, £1.4 million marketing campaign, hosted by
Cornwall Enterprise and funded through the Objective One Programme.
Cornwall Enterprise is the economic development service for
Cornwall County Council and its mission is to achieve sustainable
prosperity for Cornwall.
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