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01st September 2009

Enchanting garden wins Hampton Court Prize

Congratulations to Niki Palmer (1998, Modern Languages) who has recently received two awards for her first major Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

‘Enchanting Escape’ was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal and was also revealed as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the public’s favourite Show Garden. Niki created a modern fairytale setting using materials such as avant-garde etched paving, which created an impression of a carpet for her outdoor room, and also formed a bespoke wall feature behind the garden’s magical four poster bed. Speaking of her concept, Niki said it was ‘designed for both private relaxation and stylish socialising, it was elegant and inviting, contemporary with a touch of eccentricity and blurred the lines as a traditional interior style nestled in with abundant planting.’

After studying Modern languages at Exeter, Niki pursued a career in garden design, passing the FdSc Garden & Landscape Design at Warwickshire College with distinction, and in 2006 opened Niki Palmer Garden Designs in Leamington Spa. In 2007 Niki was awarded an RHS Silver-Gilt medal for her first small show garden, ‘A Courtyard Retreat,’ at Gardeners’ World Live.

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show takes place every year in July and is run by the Royal Horticultural Society, the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

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