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The ‘Bean There’ Garden was Runner Up in the Raymond Blanc Heritage Vegetable Garden Competition
I was delighted to have come second in this competition to design a sustainable vegetable garden for Raymond Blanc’s Restaurant at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons near Oxford.

The brief was to follow Organic Gardening Guidelines to create a garden for the purpose of growing Heritage Vegetables. The garden is also designed to raise awareness of the work of the Heritage Seeds Library. It had to be a perfectly integrated eco-system with consideration of the carbon footprint, and with organic varieties of fruit, vegetables and herbs.

My design was based around the shape of the runner bean as it germinates and grows and included the following elements:
  • Chestnut and oak arches with hazel weave detailing .
  • Apple lattice boundary with 30 different varieties of heritage apples
  • Bee and butterfly hibernation habitats
  • Native hedging with goat willow to attract early pollinators
  • Year round interest from structural planting Integration of flowering plants with the vegetables, again to attract pollinators
  • Willow weave compost bins
  • Reclaimed brick paths plus compacted gravel paths and circular juctions including the Open Pollinated logo
  • A wildlife pond, plus leaf and log piles for habitat
  • Use of British grown chestnut, oak, hazel, and willow for posts, edging and plant supports
  • Suggestions for crop rotations and varieties of organic fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and perennials

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