Jack Dunckley is a young garden designer with a wealth of experience. At the age of 22 he already has more than a handful of RHS medals under his belt, a successful garden design practice and a nursery of six and a half acres in Sussex where 80% of the stock is grown on site.
Jack’s interest in gardening stems from a love of the outdoors as a child and plenty of encouragement from his mother, a knowledgeable plantswoman, and his father, with whom he has built up Birchfield Nursery in Henfield, Sussex.
Jack decided to pursue a career in horticulture after meeting Alan Titchmarsh when he was 10 years old. He met Alan with his parents on a visit to the NEC in Birmingham for the Gardeners’ World Show. Alan signed a book for Jack and encouraged him to ‘follow his dream’ if gardens and horticulture were his true passion. It seems they are.
Jack’s first show garden design was at the Malvern Show when he was 14 and there have been many more. He combines a love of contemporary materials and cutting edge design with an obvious passion for plants. His design ‘The Italian Job’ at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2012 was a geometric design with straight lines, formal pleached hornbeam trees and clipped box but softened with a planting palette of purples, blues and pinks teamed with silvery foliage.
Jack’s clients come from all walks of life and from all over the world – from Oxford to Dubai. His designs appeal to all age brackets, since he has a young outlook and a lot of experience, not only in design but also with plants.
When asked about his own personal plant favourites, Jack reveals that he loves Cannas, Hedychium, Colocasia, Dahlia and all those plants that have interesting and dramatic flowers and foliage to provide a tropical effect.
Jack is showcasing his garden designs at Grand Designs Live at Excel, London, from 2nd to 10th May 2015.