The Bees are not the only thing buzzing in Sussex! Award winning Garden Designer, Jack Dunckley’s services are much in demand at the moment. Apart from the intense preparation work for his forthcoming garden “Juxtaposition” at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 20 (Press day) through to May 25, he has acquired several contracts to design, build and landscape a number of different sized gardens. “I think the better weather has played a part in this sudden rush. The heavy rainfall during February and March meant that I was making potential site visits and doing designs for clients but the ground was too wet to start work on many of the Gardens. Now it has become much warmer, the phone has been busy with everyone wanting work started asap!” said Jack who has his own 6 acre Nursery (Birchfield Nursery) in Henfield,Sussex.
Jack is also pleased to announce a collaboration at Chelsea 2013 with some big names in the gardening world, Perennial the horticultural Charity, Classiflora/Zelari and Chilstone all have leant their support. “Chelsea is a huge event for me. Although I have won awards at other RHS Shows, somehow if I can achieve recognition for my work at Chelsea, then that really would be a significant milestone in my career so far. I can’t pretend that it would also be a great honour to meet Her Majesty the Queen who visits the Show.” Chelsea is celebrating its Centenary which makes the invitation for Jack to design and build a garden all the more significant.
It is difficult to believe that Jack is just 20 years old. He really is proof that gardening is not just something for the more “senior” folk! Recently, his profile around theSussexarea has visibly increased, quite literally. Keen eyed people may well see the newly liveried Birchfield Nursery van making deliveries. (see photo) Apart from the new corporate logo, the van has two different life size photos of Jack on the either side. At the Nursery, work has started on opening a Cafe at the Nursery to allow customers to relax over a cup of tea or coffee and a snack whilst they contemplate their purchases. Attached will be a small garden designed by Jack which will feature a few of the 3,500 different varieties of plants he stocks.
Customers are also encouraged to visit the small on site design studio and meet Daniel Barber, Jack’s assistant designer. As well as beautiful illustrations, Dan creates sophisticated and accurate scaled 3D computer “walk throughs” of the larger gardens for clients, to give a scaled impression of how their new garden will look from all the different angles and perspectives.
Following Chelsea, Jack will be the guest Speaker and give a talk and Q&A to two different Horticultural Societies. One in Burgess Hill and the other in Seaford.
Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery is open seven days a week and is in Kidders Lane, Henfield.