Who is Alice Bowe
Alice Bowe is a British garden designer and artist who is renowned for her unique vision of garden design. Her approach to designing is an outstanding blend of colour and the traditional forms with a contemporary flair. But Bowe does not only have a one of a kind sense for form, colour and beauty. She also pays a great deal of attention to eco-friendliness and sustainability. Although she only slightly over 30, she has proved that green gardening and aesthetics do not exclude each other. On the contrary, she has proved that the finest results are achieved when the gardener works with the nature rather than against it. Alice also designs unique art work which are perfect for family members.
Bowe was born in 1980 in Redhill in the county of Surrey, England. She spent her early childhood in the historic market town of Dorking. When she was 9 years old, she moved to the village of Osgathorpe in Leicestershire.
After completing the Loughborough High School in the East Midlands, Bowe continued education at the Ruskin, Oxford University where she studied fine art and opened a small shop. But she soon discovered her passion for gardening and thus she graduated from garden design and landscape architecture at the Oxford College of Garden Design.
Bowe’s garden design reveals that she draws a great deal of inspiration from art and art forms as well as architecture. She puts a major emphasis on colours and forms, making her designs look like a painting that is ‘painted’ with plants. But as mentioned earlier, Bowe also puts a major emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendliness. She wants to help home owners create stylish gardens which involve an efficient use of resources and little effort, time and money to keep them healthy and beautiful.
Bowe strongly believes in gardening in harmony with the nature. How to create environmentally friendly gardens that reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, promote health and well-being, and reduce consumption of resources, Bowe extensively describes in her book ‘High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways Garden Sustainability’ that was published in 2011.
Eco-Friendly Through Material (teaks, stone, natural)
With the above in mind, the Bowe philosophy of course leads on to using eco-conscious and natural materials whilst planning, designing and creating your garden. Doing so keeps the harmony with nature. This approach also makes the additions to any garden more long-lasting, durable, high-quality and aesthetically pleasing. Once you adopt the Bowe approach to uniting an environmentally friendly approach with modern, contemporary design and see the benefits, there really is no turning back. Some of the materials we like to focus on include:
Using stone materials and solutions means the work you are doing is in keeping with nature. Any plant work will blend in nicely and compliment things like granite tables, pebble dashing finishes and/or marble water features.
Teak, a highly sustainable, long lasting and durable material. The quality afforded by furniture made of such a material is truly on another level. However, there is much to be aware of. The different grades of available teak is a serious consideration and you should educate yourself on matters surrounding identifying the right kind of and ethically sourced teak. Go with a reputable supplier, high-quality brands do not come cheap but you won't find yourself needing to replace your purchase any time soon and upon delivery will be grateful you did. The look and feel of such pieces can not be beaten by cheap alternatives. We suggest trying someone like Faraway who provide teak outdoor furniture at exceptional quality.
Work and Awards
Besides running her own garden and landscape consultancy, Bowe is also a very active writer and designer of luxurious abstract hats. She regularly writes for The Times, Garden Illustrated, The Good Gardens Guide and Design Journal. In 2011, Bowe also issued the above mentioned book ‘High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways Garden Sustainability’ in which she offers lots of useful and practical tips on how to make our gardens ‘greener’.
Bowe received a number of awards for her work including the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award in 2006. One year earlier, she was also a finalist of the Startups Awards in the category the Young Entrepreneur of the Year.