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Meditation garden is a winner all round

Posted on 01st July 2017

Bordering the Forest of Dean, The Howle Hill Nursery may look unassuming, but it is actually rather famous for a large collection of Japanese Maples. However its prowess within the design community and success in show gardens is bringing continued attention to the area.

Japanese Maple

The latest accolade was awarded from RHS Malvern, where Peter Dowle and his team stunned judges with his offering ‘At One With… A Meditation Garden’ and received a gold for their hard work. At a recent interview, Dowle – the managing director and co-designer, praised the innate connection between people and the land, and how a garden links the two:

“Gardens and gardening provide a way of connecting the mind and body to the environment and the spirit, and including the five senses, provides a bridge for these connections. Treating the body and mind holistically provides a connectedness with the self, but a major component for many in healing is a connectedness with the environment and creating an environment that facilitates the healing process.”

He added, “We are delighted our vision was so widely appreciated, a fantastic result and testament to our skilled construction and planting teams for capturing the essence of the design.”

So many of Howle Hill Nursery’s designs combine an undeniable sense of serenity married to the best of the natural world, and though the company has 11 Chelsea Flower Show gold medals to their name, they design for gardens of every size and style. With five more gardens to construct in celebration of 50 years of Gardeners World Live, it looks to be a busy summer for the team.

For designing expertise or high quality plants, Howle Hill Nursery is a wonderful jaunt when staying in a Forest of Dean holiday cottage and is the perfect place to gain inspiration for your own garden.

Image Credit: cocoparisienne