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Graduate designs garden with Duchess of Cambridge
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Graduate designs garden with Duchess of Cambridge

written by Richard Allen | 28 May 2019
Landscape architecture alumna Andrée Davies has worked with the Duchess of Cambridge to design the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Andrée studied both BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture (1991) and PG Dip Landscape Architecture (1993) at Leeds Beckett. She is now co-director of Davies White Ltd, an RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice award winning Chartered Landscape Architects practice, which she founded in 2009 with Adam White.

Inspired by childhood memories of the natural world, the garden is a woodland setting which encourages people from all generations and backgrounds to reconnect with nature and enjoy growing plants for their health and wellbeing. Key elements include a waterfall and stream, a den, a crafted hollow log and a tree house.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “We couldn’t be happier with the wonderful design by The Duchess of Cambridge and Andree and Adam for our garden at Chelsea this year.

 “The RHS’s Garden is a beautiful natural space for families to get together, play, dig, grow plants, connect with nature and spend time in the great outdoors – something core to us as a charity to promote, inspire and encourage people to do.”

Continuing the collaboration, the RHS Back to Nature Garden will be redesigned for visitors to enjoy at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival before finding a home at RHS Garden Wisley.

As part of the RHS’s partnership with NHS England, some of the planting and landscaping will go to an NHS Mental Health Trust.

Photo credit: Richard Carman and Davies White Ltd.