The Dew Pond by Christian Dowle


Garden Award: Silver

Designer: Christian Dowle

Sponsor: Garden Inspiration

The main feature of the garden is a dew pond at the bottom of a wildflower meadow. Across from the pool there is a curving timber garden room with a deck reaching out over the pool. To one side is an orchard with old, local fruit trees (e.g. Herefordshire Russet) and behind woodland with bold styled planting to include Corylus avellana 'Zellernus', a form of purple Hazel.

The twin themes of the garden are sustainability and bio-diversity. Dew ponds were used to collect water for animals on higher pastures. This garden also collects sunlight using the solar panel. It converts it to electricity and stores it in a battery for re-use. The pond and native planting encourage wildlife providing habitat and food. The inspiration comes from our rich landscape heritage and reminds us of past times where nature and food production came together and produced landscapes full of memories.

Five Key Plants in the Garden

  • Silver Birch (Betula pendula)
  • Purple Hazel (Corylus Avellana 'Zellernus')
  • Apple Herefordshire Russet (Malus var)
  • Water Hawthorn (Aponogeton Distichum)
  • Shrub Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Neglecta 'Autumn Fire)

About the Designer

Christian has worked on several RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens in 80’s and 90’s helping his father, renowned designer, Julian Dowle.

Before setting up his own business, Garden Inspiration, Christian worked for family business in design. Garden Inspiration was formed in 1999 focusing on design led horticulture.

Christian made his debut at RHS Malvern Spring Festival in  2016 and was awarded Silver Gilt and Best Festival Garden for ‘The Water Spout’

In addition to his design business Christian is interest in developing horticulture at St Pauls Homeless Hostel in Worcester.