About the Garden
The RBC Brewin Dolphin garden draws creative inspiration from the way knowledge is passed down from generation to generation and interpreted for the modern world. Gardens, gardening techniques, buildings and the pattern of use and history are all explored..
It looks at how we see ourselves, first in the shadow of the past and later how we use that wealth of knowledge to create something new and of our own moment.
The garden will be a space to relax, find restful moments and enjoy plants. It is created by a young couple who have drawn on the experience and expertise of their grandparents to make a rich, plant diverse garden which uses the best lessons from the past to create their ideals of longevity, biodiversity and habitat for the future.
We are working with a number of carefully selected craftsmen to create the RBC Brewin Dolphin Garden, each of them is a business that prides itself on using techniques and skills, which have been handed down through generations adapted and incorporated with new ideas, technologies and machinery to give the very best in terms of design, craftsmanship and quality.
London Stone was incorporated in December 2005 by Gavin, Steven & Duncan Walley, three brothers from Stoke-on-Trent. They all come from a hard landscaping background and it was while working in this industry that they first came across natural stone paving. Looking to diversify their landscaping business, the young entrepreneurs thought importing natural stone paving would complement the existing hard landscaping operation.
Within a month Gavin & Steven were enduring a 16-hour taxi drive across Rajasthan, India, to meet prospective stone suppliers. Their experience of stone at that time was particularly limited. Meeting up with their suppliers, Gavin & Steven were shown around quarries in baking conditions of up to 45C. This was December 2005 and it was essential to get some stone shipped to the UK in time for the 2006 season. Gavin & Steven took a chance and ordered 15 containers of riven Indian sandstone paving.
Meanwhile, Duncan was back in the UK searching for storage space. With funds being very low Duncan was forced to look for storage well away from London. He managed to find a farmer in Dorking, Surrey, who rented them 200m2 of yard space for £100 per week. London Stone was born.
Today stone experts are on hand at their inspirational showrooms in North London, Surrey, Middlesex, Kent and Essex, where they display one of the largest ranges of stone available in the UK, including sandstone, limestone, granite, basalt, Yorkstone & Portland Stone.
In addition to their comprehensive range of natural stone paving they also offer a bespoke stone service using time honoured techniques to create a range of finishes. Their modern Bespoke Stone Centre uses the latest technology and state of the art cutting equipment to cut and finish steps, coping stones, pier caps and pool surrounds.
In 1980, Border Oak revived the art of traditional green oak framing, which had been out of use for more than 200 years, and over the past four decades they have established an unrivalled reputation as craftsmen, innovators and purveyors of the finest oak-framed structures available.
Most importantly, they know (and love) their products and feel passionately about what they do. Border Oak have a long and widely acknowledged reputation as industry leaders and innovators.
They have pioneered major advances in both the construction and self-build market - transforming the process and enhancing what is achievable, accessible and available.
Border Oak invented the much imitated Oak Frame Infill Panel (theirs was the first and only to be TRADA and NHBC assessed and approved). It has been adopted as 'Best Practice' by the National House Building Council (NHBC), and remains the ultimate method to make an exposed oak-frame waterproof and thermal whilst also allowing for the natural movement of the oak- frame.
Border Oak were the first company to embrace the potential of SIPs in the UK (they designed and built the very first domestic SIPs building in the UK in 2000, as featured on Grand Designs). They first used SIPs for our own design barn in 1999, subsequently devising and inventing all the necessary details and methods to combine green oak with the structural panel system and launching this to market - a truly revolutionary advancement that has shaped the industry.
Border Oak delivered the first collective custom build schemes in the late 1980s - constantly refining (and personally investing in) the concept and opening the possibility of self build & custom build to a wider audience. They helped redefine how plots could be found and purchased, making self-build more affordable for more people. They continue to shape this area of the industry, resolving and removing many of the entry barriers all whilst staying true to the time honoured medieval techniques of oak-frame house construction as passed down through generations.
Livingreen Design is a family business which started its first fibreglass factory back in the early 1990s, making just one range of four different size planters.
Today, they are the UK’s market leader, in terms of their manufacturing capacity, size of product range and experience in the design and production of quality, long-lasting commercial grade, landscape products. They make everything in their workshops, by hand, in the UK.
Everything is made to order, giving the confidence that finishes and sizes are as requested.
Their experience is borne of a passion for landscaping. All of their Directors have held senior jobs at some of the country’s leading landscape contractors and landscape architects previously leaning they understand the business from the ground up and know exactly how to design and build a product that will perform on site for many years.
Mentoring for tomorrow
As part of this year's garden Paul will be mentoring a new to RHS Chelsea Flower Show horticulturlist. Clare Dawson will shadow Paul on plant selection visits, work with the build team and be involved in every step of creating a garden at the world's most famous flower show.
From a very young age, Clare grew up immersed in horticulture and has always had a deep connection to the natural world and the wider impact it has not only on our environment, but our lives and wellbeing, and the importance of spreading this passion to future generations.
Having studied Horticulture with the RHS and RBGE, Clare then went on to gain practical training within a large manor house and gardens and going on to set up her own business as a professional gardener.
Being outside and surrounded by plants and nature has always been a driving force and Clare is often described as having ‘a natural affinity with plants’, which is evident in her work creating outdoor spaces for others.
Although mainly working on the practical side of gardening, Clare has a background in art and design and it is this creativity, together with her passion for plant's that sparked her love and journey into show gardens and her desire to be part of the Chelsea Flower Show.
“It’s not only Paul’s wealth of knowledge and experience that makes him such an excellent designer and mentor, i is his willingness and generosity to pass this information on that makes being part of his team so special.”
Clare says "To be a part of the Chelsea experience and to be surrounded by like-minded people who are all so passionate about horticulture, well it’s impossible to not be inspired" . Its this aspiration to go on and inspire others to maximise and enjoy their outdoor spaces, that made Clare stand out for Brewin Dolphin
About RBC Brewin Dolphin
RBC Brewin Dolphin is a UK FTSE 250 provider of discretionary wealth management. With £56.9* billion in total funds, we offer award-winning, personalised wealth management services that meet the varied needs of our clients including individuals, charities and corporates.
We give clients security and wellbeing by helping them to protect and grow their wealth, in order to achieve their goals and aspirations. Our services range from bespoke, discretionary investment management to retirement planning and tax-efficient investing. Our focus on discretionary investment management has led to significant growth in client funds and we now manage £49.8* billion on a discretionary basis.
Our intermediary business manages £18.1* billion of assets for over 1,700 advice firms either on a discretionary basis or via our Managed Portfolio Service, the MI Brewin Dolphin Voyager fund range and Sustainable MPS.
In line with the premium we place on personal relationships, we’ve built a network of 34 offices across the UK, Jersey and Republic of Ireland, staffed by qualified investment managers and financial planners. We are committed to the most exacting standards of client service, with long-term thinking and absolute focus on our clients' needs at the core.
For more information, visit: www.brewin.co.uk