THE RAYMOND BLANC NATIONAL HERITAGE GARDEN COMPETITION AT LE MANOIR AUX QUAT'SAISONS
The Society of Garden Designers is bringing a unique opportunity to Registered Member and Fellows of the Society to design a new heritage garden at Raymond Blanc's renowned Oxfordshire hotel and restaurant, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire.
The Raymond Blanc National Heritage Garden Competition, in association with Garden Organic, the Society of Garden Designers and Hartley Botanic, has been conceived to raise awareness of the on-going work by of charity Garden Organic in promoting organic gardening methods, preserving knowledge and safeguarding rare varieties that were once the mainstay of our British gardens.
The competition has two elements. The first phase invites Registered Members and Fellows of the Society of Garden Designers to enter a master plan and planting plan for a new Heritage Garden that will be sited within the kitchen gardens at Le Manoir and seen and enjoyed by the many visitors to the hotel and gardens.
The winning design will be chosen for its ability to create a perfectly integrated eco system and will include consideration of its carbon footprint, organic varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs. The successful designer, who will be awarded a fee of £2,500 for the project, will be responsible for the overall planning and planting and for overseeing the building of the garden, working alongside the team at Le Manoir.
The garden will be designed using seeds from the Garden Organic Seed Library and used to grow and showcase heritage vegetables and to educate visitors about the principles of organic gardening, sustainability and heritage foods, be they visitors to the hotel or groups undertaking courses on cookery and gardening.
Find out how to enter and download the site plans and Garden Organic catalogue here. Key competition dates can be found here.
The second phase of the competition is open nationwide and invites members of the public to apply for a scholarship to work alongside the winning designer and the Le Manoir garden team. Find out more about the scholarship programme here