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Vegetable patch design for chef
10:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
AN ANDOVER garden designer has been picked to create a chef’s vegetable area.
Anne Keenan, who has been an organic gardener for more than 20 years, has won the inaugural Raymond Blanc Heritage Garden competition.
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.
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 design, Raymond Blanc said: “It was not an easy decision with four strong designs to consider.
“Anne’s design fully incorporated the Hartley Botanical greenhouse 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!”
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 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.”
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.
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