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Chelsea Flower Show gold for Greenwich graduate

PUBLISHED: 12:21 27 May 2011

Sarah Eberles crammed roof garden complete with swimming pool, called Monaco Garden, was inspired by her many trips to Monaco.

Sarah Eberles crammed roof garden complete with swimming pool, called Monaco Garden, was inspired by her many trips to Monaco.

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A Greenwich University graduate walked off with a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for her entry which was visited by the Queen and the Prince of Monaco.

Sarah Eberle’s crammed roof garden complete with swimming pool, called Monaco Garden, was inspired by her many trips to Monaco.

Like Monaco itself, the garden is condensed, high-rise and angular. The glass in the apartment is filled with rose petals which were a favourite of Princess Grace of Monaco. And the roof of the floating canopy is filled with lavender. The crammed garden, which won on Wednesday, is home to Austrian pine, Hottentot fig, a floss silk tree, tree aloe, and tree mandarins.

She said: “Without my training, and the support of my tutors, I could never have achieved so much. In fact, it was my tutor Tom who recognised my independent spirit when I was in my final year.

“I believe that my greatest strength comes from my skills of visualisation, something that I was taught at university. With a trained eye, I have become involved in a wide range of built environment projects as well as understanding and conversing with all involved. I learnt to question all assumptions and think outside the box, something my tutors always encouraged.”

Ms Eberle, who is a previous winner of the coveted Best in Show award at Chelsea, was awarded an honorary degree by the university in 2008 after graduating in 1980.

Her landscape and garden design tutor Tom Turner, said: “Sarah’s Monaco garden succeeded in bringing the brilliant light and colours of the principality to London. Her garden design includes an intense Mediterranean blue, in the swimming pool, the warmth of wood, on the path to the diving board, the lushness of orange trees, rich flower colours, a lavender-planted roof, and the deep shade from which it is most comfortable to view a bright scene on a hot day. It was a particular pleasure to see a former student discussing her design with a Prince Albert of Monaco.”

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