Veolia Water's "Naturally Dry" garden wins silver medal at Chelsea

The garden - designed by Vicky Harris Garden Design and built by Sean Butler at Cube 1994 - demonstrates that it is possible to have a beautiful garden, even during times of drought, by choosing plants that need little water and making good use of rainwater.

Vicky Harris said: "To get a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show is a real honour. Sean and I have worked extremely hard on this drought resistant garden and we are absolutely ecstatic that the judges were impressed enough to give us this accolade." 
"I would like to thank Veolia Water for sponsoring the garden, we hope gardeners will be inspired to make use of water efficient plants in the future and to capture rainwater for watering their gardens."

The plants in the garden are available from most garden centres, enabling gardeners to create their own drought tolerant gardens and save water.

Vicky Harris and Sean Butler with the silver medal
Despite the recent rainfall, groundwater levels in the underground chalk aquifers, from which Veolia Water takes most of its water, remain very low following two successive autumn and winters of very low rainfall.

The plants in the "Naturally Dry" garden have been supplied by the on-line garden nursery Crocus. Visitors to Veolia Water's garden at the Show will be able to receive 10% off all purchases of drought tolerant plants purchased through Crocus - including plants they see in the garden - when they pick up the Veolia Water garden leaflet at the Show.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 22 to 26 May at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3.

Details of measures customers can take to save water in their gardens are available on our dedicated website:

Notes to Editors:

The "Naturally Dry" garden is situated in Serpentine Walk, number SEW5 at the Show.

For further information please contact Nigel Beaven or Sue Pavey on: Tel. 01707 277110, email: [email protected],

About us:

Veolia Water Central is the UK's largest water supply only company and is part of Veolia Water UK. We are committed to delivering a high quality water service to all our customers. We provide 870 million litres of water each day to a population of 3 million people, in parts of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon and parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, and Enfield. Our supply area covers a total of 3,700 square kilometres, stretching from Luton and Royston in the north to Guildford in the south, and from Berkhamsted in the west to Dunmow in the east.

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Vicky Harris Garden Design

Having spent many years working as a plant buyer for London Garden Centres, Vicky Harris went on to study Garden Design at Capel Manor College, where she graduated with the added accolade of Best Student. Since then she has successfully transformed private gardens into tranquil yet functional outdoor spaces.

Vicky Harris is currently a pre registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, with the target of becoming a full member in the near future.


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Cube 1994

A specialist landscape design and build company that provides a professional service complemented by a personal and creative approach to meet individual requirements. Sean Butler MSGD is managing director of Cube 1994 Ltd and is a member of the Society of Garden Designers, whose aim is to promote excellence in garden design.


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