The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden won an RHS Gold Medal, the highly coveted RHS Best in Show and the popular RHS People’s Choice Award at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2017. Designed by Landscape Architects Adam White and Andrée Davies, Winning the treble is unheard at any RHS Flower Show as the public normally choose a garden for entirely different reasons to the judges.
Adam and Andrée recruited a team of talented craftspeople, artists and volunteers to support the construction team from Gerald Davies Ltd. These included Nick Sneller from Wild-Hart who created the mushroom cave, woodland swing and seating area within the garden. After several weeks of working in his timber yard in Devon Nick arrived on site and became a key member of the project team. His input went beyond his original brief and he helped create the woodland steam, create an enclosure for the sponsors area and even got stuck-in with some of the planting. Nicks hands on involvement and enthusiasm helped the garden secure the three RHS awards. His woodland swing was chosen by BBC TV presenter Monty Don as his favorite feature in all the 2017 RHS Show Gardens and during show week Nick ran a hands on workshop using mediaeval woodland craft techniques.
Landscape Architects Adam White and Andrée Davies run their design practice, Davies White Ltd in Kingston upon Thames which specialise in creating children’s nature play spaces and gardens. They designed the Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden which highlighted the beneficial qualities of a therapeutic garden for children with various disabilities, in particular Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It’s been ten years since they were last at RHS Hampton Court where they also won an RHS Gold Medal and People’s Choice Award for their Playscape Show Garden.
Playful and edible planting, wild grassy mounds, huge trees and tree-top nests, a huge spinning boulder, hidden woodland scent pots, a secret mushroom cave, a ground level trampoline, a giant hollow oak log and opportunities to play and explore along a woodland stream were all on offer. A number of secluded spaces within the garden provided somewhere safe to relax. BBC Gardeners World presenter Monty Don said the garden was like no other show garden he had ever seen before and was beautifully designed and constructed.
During October 2017 the garden will be reimagined at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre at Keele University, Staffordshire, which provides multi-disciplinary support for children with developmental disorders. Adam and Andrée will again lead the design and oversee its delivery on site.
Adam White who is the current President Elect for the Landscape Institute said, “Andrée and I are passionate about reconnecting children with nature and believe the design process is as important as the end product. We have serious epidemic of nature deficit disorder in the UK and we hope this garden will showcase and raise awareness of how landscape and horticulture can create the perfect antidote. The garden was designed to be accessible and inclusive for all children, including those with autism.”
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