Propagating Dan is a North Wales born Garden Designer. His first Chelsea Flower Show garden shows his innovative approach, as the garden appears to defy gravity.
Rugged Icelandic landscapes, Italian architecture and a quiet peacefulness come together in unexpected horticultural harmony to provide the inspiration for The Garden of Potential, designed by Propagating Dan, the professional name of Daniel Bristow, a young(ish) London based garden designer who was born and brought up on Anglesey.
The five-tonne glacial boulder balances precariously on the roof of an oak pavilion, directly above a ceramic sculpture by contemporary artist Jesse Wine. An ‘elaborate gutter’ zigzags through the landscape, capturing rain in a gurgling rill. A path, inspired by a collapsed fence in Propagating Dan’s front garden in Peckham, South London, almost tips the visitor into the garden.
Rarely used- and often derided- plants predominate: the maligned majestic field horsetail, Equisetum arvense, will weave its way through a lush and unusual woodland planting scheme. The sometimes scorned golden leylandii, in all its neon beauty, makes a focal point. Other standout plants include rare umbrella plants (Schefflera sp.), and the ghost flower, Diphylleia grayi, the flowers of which turn transparent when moistened by rain.
This garden, while serene, lush and a space for contemplation, is, at the same stroke, teeming with ideas.
Propagating Dan said:
“The Garden of Potential has a multitude of influences; from the energy held within boulders that perch on Snowdonia’s mountainsides, to the idea of unity in Buddhist teaching, to Icelandic meadows. What this garden won’t have is a theme. I believe a design should be praised or critiqued on its own merits and I want this garden, as any I design, to provoke a response in the visitor without the necessity of a guidebook.”
Propagating Dan is working work closely with Anthony Tavernor of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens of Menai Bridge, Anglesey, and plant specialists Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm Plants.
The boulders are being lent to the project by GreenWood Forest Park, an award-winning eco-adventure park in North Wales run by (Dan’s parents) Stephen and Andrea Bristow. They said: “”Both GreenWood Forest Park and the two of us are delighted to be able to sponsor the Propagating Dan team in their brilliant garden design. The inclusion of a huge Snowdonia boulder from our Eco Adventure Park in North Wales will ensure that the garden is remembered for its innovation and authenticity.”
The Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious Horticultural Show in the UK each year, and will run in 2016 from 24th to 28th May.
For further information please contact Daniel Bristow or Sarah Page:
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