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Nigel Dunnett & The Landscape Agency


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Silver-Gilt Medal Winner

Combining his love of the work of William Robinson, a Victorian horticulturalist and for the Arts and Crafts movement, Nigel Dunnett created this sustainable, contemporary rain garden.

Not so well known in the UK, rain gardens are popular in the USA as ways to make the most of water by capturing the rain on buildings, which then flows through garden beds before eventually draining away into the soil. This garden took that approach and modified the ‘building’, which was represented by a converted shipping container which also sported a green roof - reinforcing the gardens main function, sustainability.

To add to this, and in keeping with the spirit of the Art and Craft movement, the sustainability and recycling of water must also be attractive as well as functional. This attitude was also given to the dry stone wall, the office building and the bug hotel; all of which have functions and advocate sustainable gardening, but are aesthetically pleasing at the same time.


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