Student Garden Competition Winner 2017

Manon Bordet Chavanes has been announced as the Kilsaran Student Garden Competition winner for 2017. It was announced at a special event in Kilsaran’s Headquarters in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Manon a student of the Landscape Design Academy of Dublin will now see  her garden brought to life for the Peter McVerry Trust as well as receiving a  cheque for €3000 


I’m so happy to have won. I’m so excited to see my design being brought to life by Kilsaran for the Peter McVerry Trust. It is such an honour that someone like Diarmuid Gavin would pick me as the winner. He has won so much himself it’s amazing to be chosen by someone like that”, said the winner, Manon Bordet Chavanes.


Diarmuid Gavin and Kilsaran called on all students of Horticulture, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture and other similar courses to get involved in the competition this year. This attracted a broad and mixed list of submissions and designs. Diarmuid Gavin was the head judge on the  panel and was joined by members of the Kilsaran design team when picking the winner.


Diarmuid Gavin also spoke at the event, “We’re delighted for all the finalists, especially Manon. Judging this year’s competition was so difficult. The standard is going up every year but this year was exceptional. There was very little between first and fourth. We just felt Manon’s design would be more sustainable and timeless for the people the McVerry Trust will be helping.”


Manon’s garden design will now be brought to reality for  Peter McVerry Trust at their new homeless facility  currently being constructed in Kildare. 


Neil Ward from the Peter McVerry Trust said, “We’re so lucky Kilsaran asked us to get involved with the competition. Manon’s design is beautiful. We can’t wait to see it brought to life for our homes in Kildare. We wanted to makes these facilities as welcoming as possible and this garden will go a long way towards that”.