Show Garden – ‘Wild in the City’ Student Design & Build Award 2010

CLIENT: Wyevale East Nurseries (Now Provender Nurseries)
DESIGNER: Charlotte Murrell FdSc
CONTRACTOR: Volunteers and Students from Sparsholt College Hampshire
LOCATION: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011
SIZE: 24m2
STATUS: Completed

BRIEF: Simply create a peaceful place for a working couple to escape from the daily stresses of city life.

ELEMENTS: The planting and landscape features were designed to attract a variety of wildlife to the garden, whilst also providing a calm and relaxing space, demonstrating that wildlife gardens can be created in a small urban setting. An oak post and log wall created a backdrop to the gravel garden, with a natural water feature and overhanging circular oak deck, allowing the user to relax under the dappled shade of the multi stemmed tree. Bespoke green roofed insect houses and bird boxes add extra interest to the garden.


‘Charlotte Murrell first came to the attention of Provender Nurseries in 2010 when she won the nationwide competition, Student Design & Build Award with her garden design for ‘Wild in the City’. 

The Student Design & Build Award was created and designed by Provender Nurseries in conjunction with The Royal Horticultural Society in order to recognise and nurture new Garden Design talent with winners of the Award building their garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  The Award was judged by respected members of the horticultural industry. 

Charlotte deservedly won the Award with her artistic, sympathetic approach to ‘Wild in the City’ and fulfilling the brief in terms of understanding the client’s needs and associated plant choices.  She was in charge of all aspects of the garden from conception, design drawing, organising and sourcing hard landscape elements, organising planting teams, plant choice and managing budgets.  Her design, organisational skills and proficient handling of timescales and deliveries ensured that the building of her garden went without a hitch. 

With such a prestigious first project Charlotte handled each aspect of making ‘Wild in the City’ a reality with aplomb and a professionalism that she has now carried on into her further career. Indeed with ‘Wild in the City’ Charlotte gained a prestigious Silver Gilt medal at Hampton Court Palace flower show – a great accolade for her first garden. 

Charlotte has also been approached and has successfully designed trade stands at the Chelsea Flower Show for BALI in 2013 and Hampton Court Flower show in 2014 for Ocean Spray.  

Charlotte has a background in arts and as such has an approach that is sympathetic to both the environment and clients needs. She is a pleasure to work with and is mature and professional in her approach to suppliers and clients alike.  We have seen Charlotte grow from a budding new talent to a respected individual in the industry and are justifiably proud of her and what she has achieved.‘


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