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The Merritt Medical Centre in Chessington received a garden makeover last week by a group of horticultural students.

The students were attending a Garden Design course at the King’s Centre run by Cathie Brooks who is well known in the area for her garden expertise. 

The course entailed choosing and designing a garden from proposals put forward by individual students on the course. 

Lorna Campbell’s proposal for the Merritt Medical Centre captured the class’s imagination and Diana Smith’s design was chosen from all those put together by the group. Her ‘tear drop’ flower beds and patio edging together with the choice of plants for a hot sunny site on poor soil stood out above the others. 

The group worked extremely hard on one day to achieve the result Dr Anne Baruch of Hook Surgery, on behalf of the Merritt Medical Centre said ‘The teams at the centre are delighted.’

Commenting on the project Diana said ‘ I thoroughly enjoyed Cathie’s course. It gave me an opportunity to expand my plant knowledge and develop design skills. I now know how much work goes into producing plans and drawings and how challenging it can be to work to a limited budget.It was very satisfying to be able to implement the design and I look forward to seeing the garden mature over the next few years’

Cathie trained at Kew Gardens and now runs her own courses and workshops as well as organising garden makeovers, maintenance and finding jobs for her students!

What better way to follow up the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show than to turn your attention to your own garden or a local project.

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