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The Wonderlust of Plants by Peter Dowle

Designed for a client who enjoys mixing “theatre” with plants, inspiration for this garden stems from exploring plant theatres; combining plants from around the world with rocks, water and multiple viewing points.

The focal point is a dramatic structure of three shipping containers stacked on top of each other to create a roof garden for entertaining, overlooking a pond and cobble beaches.

Showcasing plants from the world over, alongside a principle mix of greens, with some purple, gold and silver accents, you can expect muted and minimal colours that explore whites, soft yellows and pastels.

Designer: Peter Dowle

Peter Dowle is head Garden Designer and owner of Howle Hill Nursery located near Ross on Wye and provides design, construction and specimen plants. Howle Hill Nursery has been supporting RHS Malvern Spring Festival since 2013 and was awarded three Gold Medals and a ‘Best in Show’ for garden design and delivery during this period. Peter trained at Pershore College of Horticulture but his involvement with all things gardening began long before this. Much of his youth was spent at the Chelsea Flower Show alongside his father Juilan, who was himself a distinguished, Gold medal winning designer. Alongside the Howle Hill Nursery team, Peter has delivered 11 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning gardens, spanning 20 + years. He also designed and built the ‘L’Occitane Immortelle Garden’ which received Gold Medal in 2013. Peter is a keen plantsman with a nursery full of interesting and unusual plants. A self-confessed ‘collector and lover of Acers’ his nursery holds a huge collection and range of specimen Japanese Maples. Peter founded acersdirect.com in 2016, an ecommerce website that showcases and sells specimens directly from his nursery.

Sponsor: Leaf Creative

Contractor: Howle Hill Nursery