Earlier this year Greenfingers launched an exciting competition with alumni students from renowned London based design school KLC. We invited alumni from the college’s garden design course to submit a plan for a teenage garden which will be used in a garden scheme at a hospice in the home counties.
Although entrants were not able to visit the site they were given a detailed brief to design a ‘teenage garden’ dedicate to their interests and needs – a space where they can indulge in every day teenage activity such as spending time with their friends and listening to music. Entrants were asked to think about what would appeal to teenagers in an outdoor space and to also think about all the people who will use the space, including relatives and able-bodied siblings and friends. The design needed to include a sheltered/covered area for year round use, adaptable furniture for dining and relaxing as a group or on their own, safe and therapeutic planting and some elements of technological set up and lighting for evening access.
The competition was a wonderful chance for students to show their flair, respond to a stimulating brief and ultimately see their design turned into a reality at a hospice – undoubtedly an exciting opportunity for the eventual winner.
We were bowled over by quality of the entries we had and after drawing up a shortlist in the summer the finalists were invited to present their designs to our panel of expert judges in mid-October. The judging panel consisted of Emma Hanford, Greenfingers Garden Projects Manager, and esteemed garden designers Ann-Marie Powell and Clare Matthews.
After enjoying the presentations from each of the finalists the judges were left to discuss and deliberate over who the overall winner should be, not an easy task. And the winner is…..you’ll have to wait and see, we’ll announce it before the end of the year!!