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Best in Category in the 2022 Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) National Awards

This garden was beautifully built by Bowood Landscapes and designed by Caroline E. Butler Garden Design. This garden is doubly amazing because it was built and planted through the first lockdown, despite all the difficulties and challenges that that bought.

The judges’ commented, “A beautifully delivered project, with challenges such as levelling the pool and the stones surrounding it. The planting is sympathetic, and it feels like a very comfortable space to be in.

APL Awards 2022
This year’s judges were Richard Barnard from Hillier Landscapes (Chief judge), Rod Winrow from Garden House Design, Bob Sweet - ex RHS Head of Garden Judging, Robin Templar Williams from Robin Williams and Associates, Rupert Keys from Keyscape Design & Construction and Phil Tremayne - APL General Manager.

In 2011, I won a national competition with my first show garden design, becoming Chris Beardshaws’ ‘Scholar of the Year’. This gave me the opportunity to produce two more show gardens, sponsored by Bradstone, going on to be awarded another Silver and Silver guilt RHS medal, the most recent being at Chelsea Flower Show, 2012.

This achievement led to interviews at Chelsea Flower Show on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Berkshire, 2012 and 2013, and publication in The Garden Design Journal’.

A show garden is a wonderful opportunity to be experimental with ideas, materials and plants – a chance to be really creative and push personal boundaries. Initiated by a brief, often supplied by a sponsor, the concept is developed and allowed to evolve during the designs production.

‘Caroline has grown enormously over the last year and she has experienced first-hand many valuable opportunities …I wish her every success not just with her first Chelsea garden but with her continuing career’
(Chris Beardshaw, May 2012)

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