In 2016 we commissioned award-winning Cleve West as our garden designer for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for a second time. Cleve’s garden was awarded an RHS Gold Medal, which was his sixth at the Show.
The ancient oak woodland themed garden was inspired by Cleve’s childhood memories of Exmoor making it one of his most personal creations to date. The centrepiece of the garden was a sunken terrace and pool in grey sandstone, sourced from The Forest of Dean. Edges were sharp and the layout geometric, the essence of a modern garden design.
The garden featured a stone and gravel path through woodland edge planting, leading past stunted oaks and rocks to a smoother path. The path, a metaphor for Cleve’s own journey into garden design, started with rough stone and gravel becoming smoother with sawn stone towards the sunken, ‘designed’ space.
The oak-woodland inspired garden featured seven trees and other planting including shrubs, perennials, grasses, ferns, bulbs and annuals.