This year’s award goes to Masters student Lilian Lam for her project ‘Mercato Grenada Gastronomic Centre’.
Lilian's project focuses on sustainable food production, educating buyers about food miles, origins, seasonality and producers, a place to showcase and celebrate local cuisine in the community and a focus on testing sustainable food waste disposal methodologies.
The Phytosanctuary Garden is a beautiful space awash with ornamental grasses and fragrant perennials but also explores a darker message - the growing threat of the deadly plant disease Xylella.
The role of gardeners and landscape architects in responding to the threat posed by Xylella is extremely pertinent to the current climate and reminds us all of the importance of keeping our plant health knowledge up to date and liaising closely with reputable nurseries.
Read more about Kristian’s garden here.
Ki's garden, 'The Mindful Garden' explores how mindfulness has been scientifically proven to be effective in alleviating stresses and major psychological illnesses. The exercise encourages passive observation of the surrounding environment and Ki’s border looks to apply the principles of mindfulness to planting, which changes in response to the weather and seasons.
The range of herbaceous perennials and grasses in the border vary in form, with their textures reflecting the sun and shade and creating eye-catching movements in the summer breeze. A water tank and bespoke channel uses rainwater to create a water curtain in the centre of the bed to stimulate yet more senses. The planting palette is dominated by pale colours at the end of the visual spectrum to promote insect habitation, which adds acoustic interests to the visual amenity of the border.
We are very proud to support our colleagues through their professional development by mentoring and hosting regular CPD sessions, workshops and discussion groups, ensuring candidates are fully prepared ahead not just ahead of their exams, but throughout their journey as professionals. Well done again to our hat-trick ladies team!
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