THE LEAF CREATIVE GARDEN
A Garden of Quiet Contemplation
Our Leaf Creative Garden won Gold Medal and Best in Show!
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The RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2019
Leaf Creative is bringing some contemporary style to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in a garden that showcases the range of its design skills.
A dark, reflective pool, modern paving and a bespoke sculpture by Simon Gudgeon are just some of the eye-catching features.
The Leaf Creative Garden, A Garden of Quiet Contemplation, has been designed by the firm’s founder Peter Dowle, who has won many top awards at the Festival in recent years under the Howle Hill Nursery name. The nursery now runs alongside Leaf Creative and is producing the plants for the garden.
At its heart is a long pool with ‘Zephyr’, a ballerina made from bronze leaves, appearing to be floating above the water in a smaller infinity pool.
Boulders from the Forest of Dean have been split so that from one angle water is running through them and more reflections are provided in a polished stone bowl set into a path.
The garden will feature a new range of paving, ‘Kast’, by Mandarin Stone. A terrace of large slabs with a polished finish will reinforce the contemporary style alongside a cedar-clad pavilion.
Unusually for recent show gardens, the Leaf Creative design has an area of lawn, broken by specially designed corten steel panels, again with the leaf motif.
Overlaying this hard landscaping is soft planting in mainly pastel colours. Howle Hill Nursery is growing hundreds of Ammi majus for the project and their white flower heads will be mixed with the froth of Thalictrum ‘Pink Cloud’.
Structure comes from Lagerstroemia indica and Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-Ito’ with hedges giving the garden an enclosed, secluded feel.
The garden is deliberately very different in style to Peter’s past Malvern gardens, which were more naturalistic and featured more of his trademark Acers.
“This contemporary style is something we’ve been doing for clients for the past decade,” he explains, “but we’ve never really showcased it.”
And in another new departure, visitors to the Festival will be allowed onto part of the garden to experience it as an owner would.