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The Hampton

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Lisa, wife of Gary, has recently completed the Garden Design Foundation

Degree at Sparsholt College, passing with distinction. She is pictured here

in the Dean Garnier Garden at Winchester Cathedral. Lisa works as an independent

gardener and has her own gardening business 'Gardening Angel' offering a refreshing

hands on approach to design and maintenance. Although recently qualified she has

already completed one garden makeover with her husband and his landscaping team

and is now working on a new, challenging commercial project. All enquiries currently

via Ground Designs.  




A "Silver Gilt Medal" was awarded for the "Wild In The City" garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011



A member of the Ground Designs team helps out at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011.


Lisa Joynes, first year Garden Design student at Sparsholt College Hampshire and wife of Ground Designs owner Gary, is part of a team helping to create the award winning garden ‘Wild in the City’ designed by fellow third year student Charlotte Murrell. Further information can be found at her own website                                                     and the press release issued by the college can be read below.  



PRESS RELEASE 16 June 2011

Sparsholt College’s garden design students showcased at world’s largest annual flower show


What better backdrop to showcase the garden design talents of Sparsholt College students than RHS Hampton

Court Palace Flower Show? The world’s largest annual flower show will feature gardens from a number of the

College’s current and former horticulture and garden design students including Charlotte Murrell, the winner of

the Student Design and Build Award 2010.

Foundation Degree student Charlotte’s ‘Wild in the City’ garden won the National Student Design and Build competition sponsored by Wyevale East Nurseries run in conjunction with the Royal Horticulture Society.  Charlotte’s garden, which can be found in the Small Gardens section of the show, has been created to demonstrate that wildlife gardens can be urban, modern and suitable for a range of wildlife and busy city dwellers!  The College’s horticulture and garden design students have also been heavily involved in the project by both tending to the plants and flowers and helping with the actual build of the design garden.

Garden Design courses Manager at Sparsholt, Harry Mycock says “Not only did Charlotte win this prestigious competition but it is also providing the College students with a great opportunity to take the garden from the drawing board to the Show.  Following hot on the heels of the Sparsholt Gold and Best Continuous Learning Exhibit at Chelsea you can imagine that there is a lot of excitement about this fascinating project at Hampton Court.”      

Meanwhile, over in the Show Gardens is an ex Foundation Degree and current RHS student Judy Cornford.  ‘The Eye of the Maze Garden’ investigates and portrays the problems of learning the skills for using IT and the internet by the older generation. The maze of hedges and narrow paths represent the complexity of the Internet in which the planting has relevance, signifying problems and confusion.

Kevin Young’s  also previously studied horticulture at Sparsholt College and his ‘Less and More’ is a Japanese themed garden which is ornamental in its layout. Easily maintained due to the minimal and concentrated planting this garden is intended to be more fun than a chore whilst also enabling the occupants quiet time and tranquillity.  

Harry comments that “It is quite something to see three gardens designed by Sparsholt Students and alumni at this prestigious Show.  The designs are imaginative and quite different, each bringing something to inspire the visitors to this great Show.”  

Courses at Sparsholt range from practical courses in horticulture and organic gardening; Apprenticeships; RHS courses and both Further and Higher Education courses in Horticulture  and Garden Design.

For further information go to or telephone 01962 776441.





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