Caroline Davy is an award-winning landscape and
garden designer with a growing reputation for creating
beautiful gardens across the country.
Caroline’s style is typified by an instinctive and intuitive response to each individual site. Her designs emphasise the strengths of every location’s natural character so each garden develops a completely unique look and atmosphere. Practicality is also central to Caroline’s work and she creates relevant outdoor spaces that are perfectly suited to the needs of their owners.
Click here to see how the grounds of this 16th C manor have been turned into a rural oasis.
(video shot by DEFRA)
We did it! The experience was fantastic and the garden looked great. We were delighted to win a medal (even if it was not the colour we'd hoped for!)but it has sown the seed and the desire to do more show gardens in the future! The short time-span we were allowed to build and plant the space was testing but it's amazing what can happen when you have real deadlines and a plan to put into action. Thanks to the sterling efforts of my team—we pulled it all together and everyone was happy with the result.
Back in the office I'm working on a number of projects varying from a large country estate in Hertfordshire to smaller town garden designs and planting plans.
My own garden is looking—at the same time—decidedly lush and verdant following the May 'surge' when everything seems to change overnight but also strangely empty in the aftermath of Chelsea! I bought the majority of the herbaceous plants for the show from Orchard Dene back at the end of March and brought them all on in the garden. Potting on, dead-heading and preening them on an almost daily basis. They had their homes either in the greenhouse or laid out under shade netting on the raised vegetable beds. I got to know them all personally and felt rather bereft when they all travelled to Chelsea! After the show closed, some of the plants from the garden went to FERA to form part of their Centenary display in York and all the others went to excellent homes via the charity Groundwork London. Every year the RHS run a reuse scheme at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the scheme aims to ensure show build materials and plants have a life after Chelsea. Taking part in the Reuse scheme reduces waste costs for exhibitors and has a hugely beneficial impact on local community projects. Groundwork collected the plants from the show during breakdown and these and any useable landscaping products were taken to community projects in Wandsworth. Their intention is to create at least 10 new community gardens on neglected spaces in some of the most deprived communities across London. In doing so, they enable resident groups and volunteers to improve their existing community gardens and growing spaces and offer local people the opportunity to learn how to build and look after their new community gardens and gain accredited horticultural training and work experience help to them back into work. It was comforting to know that the plants I had nurtured for the past three months were moving on to provide beneficial enjoyment to so many people!