Wealth managers strike gold at Chelsea

Written by Peter Davison.

Darren Hawkes' award-winning garden for Brewin DolphinDarren Hawkes' award-winning garden for Brewin DolphinA garden designed for Marlborough-based wealth management company Brewin Dolphin has struck gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Brewin Dolphin Garden, designed by Darren Hawkes, has been awarded an RHS Gold Medal. 

Stephen Depla, head of Brewin Dolphin in Marlborough, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with our Gold Medal success at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

“We greatly admire Darren Hawkes’ design and the planting, and are so pleased that all his great work has received the recognition it deserves.

“We would like to thank Darren and his team for ensuring that visitors of the garden have an enjoyable experience but also for making such a beautiful space.”

Darren said, “This garden definitely required stepping up a gear from my 2013 Chelsea garden, the plot was much larger and the rock bank location much more challenging. 

“That said, the team I have been working with on the Brewin Dolphin Garden are supreme professionals and this meant I could focus purely on executing the garden of my dreams for my sponsor.

“The joy of doing a CFS garden is very much in the camaraderie during the build but getting the RHS seal of approval via a wonderful medal is the icing on the cake”. 

Describing the garden, he added: “It captures a love of craftsmanship, and is a complete one-off.

“Over 40,000 pieces of hand cut slate make up the surface of the platforms that people walk on. The garden is filled with mature English Elms and familiar hedgerow plants that will evoke a feeling of a garden that has been left to run wild.

“Many of the elements of the garden have been inspired by the Cornish landscape: dry stone, granite walls, slate paving and hedgerow inspired planting.

“The monolithic stone platforms create drama when juxtaposed against the fragile fresh plants that lie underneath and between.

“The garden draws on Brewin Dolphin’s heritage, but also reflects their forward thinking approach to business.”