Creative talent in full bloom
- Credit: Nigel Sutton
London’s first contemporary garden fair saw a handpicked range of exhibitors selling everything from outdoor sculpture to hand-forged tools, garden furniture and plants from specialist nurseries including Kelways, Wildegoose and Meadowgate.
To mark the occasion, the Ham&High teamed up with Grow organisers and Camden Garden Centre to run a front gardens competition.
The call went out to find the most creative, imaginative and eye-catching gardens in the region.
The competition was open to gardens both large or small, imaginative or fun – an edible garden or a colourful balcony flower display or a communal garden.
Winners, who each received £250 vouchers from Camden Garden Centre in Barker Drive, Camden Town, were Carolyn Dunster, from Beacon Hill, N7, and University College School in Frognal, Hampstead.
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Carolyn, who loves roses and makes rose-inspired products, specialises in planting design and floral design and has, of course, planted an abundance of roses in her garden.
UCS vice-master Chris Reynolds and Carrie Reiners, the school development director, were delighted their cottage garden also won.
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Peter Hulatt, managing director of Camden Garden Centre, said:
“I was delighted to sponsor the competition for the first Grow London, which had a very successful first show.
“I hope the show has inspired more north Londoners to create their own floral masterpieces and we look forward to welcoming new gardeners to Camden Garden Centre which also provides employment, training and educational opportunities to disadvantaged Londoners.”