12 June 2014 By Billy Hawkins
As long standing fans of Cleve West, we are over the moon that he will be our guest speaker at this year's Annual Lecture. Fresh from his RHS Chelsea success and the heady heights of international horticultural events, Cleve will be sharing his love of gardening - from the allotment to winning show gardens. We can't wait!
For the first time we will be hosting this event at Torberry, our head quarters at the base of the South Downs. We hope that you will enjoy seeing our show glasshouses, both greenhouse and conservatory ,whilst you wander around the lawns, a refreshing drink in hand.
More details will follow closer to this (evening) event - but for now - get the date in the diary (Thursday 11September) and please call to book your place for what will be a very popular event, I'm sure.
Cleve West – Biography 2014
Cleve West is a landscape designer whose creative use of space and imaginative planting have put him at the forefront of contemporary garden design in the UK. He has won a total of eight RHS Gold Medals (five at the Chelsea Flower Show) and three awards for innovative garden design. His garden for Bupa at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2008 won the BBC/RHS “People's Choice” award and he has won the coveted “Best in Show” two years in succession for The Telegraph in 2011 and Brewin Dolphin in 2012. This year his paradise-themed garden won a Gold Medal for the Chelsea Flower Show’s main sponsor, M&G Investments.
Whether in town or in the country, Cleve will combine structure with sensuality, the classic with the contemporary, invariably embracing the tension between the familiar and unfamiliar to give the garden an ‘edge’.
Sustainability is the corner stone of Cleve’s philosophy. He uses local materials wherever possible and carefully selects plants that work in their surroundings. His planting schemes, natural or contrived, will always be guided by existing flora and local conditions especially where bio-diversity is an issue.
Collaboration with artists, architects and craftsmen is also an important element in any design. Cleve has developed a close bond with nurseries, suppliers, artists and contractors to achieve reliability and excellence in quality and afterwards to maintain and manage the garden to a high standard.
One of his more recent projects is Horatio's Garden (at the Duke of Cornwall's Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury) was opened in September 2012 and he is currently designing a garden for a new Maggie’s Centre in Cardiff.
For more information about how Cleve can help with your own garden design and landscaping, please contact:
To book for this event, please call 01730 826900 or firstname.lastname@example.org