The design – in effect, a landscape in miniature in effect, was developed with a typical London backyard in mind, and viewed from a living-room or study. It was partly inspired by a garden we had created on a Japanese theme for a Japanese American businessman, whose wife informed us that the scene viewed from his study had imbued him with a peace that had enabled him to make wise business decisions in critical situations.
Certainly peace was the main factor, along with joy. Another influencing factor was the 1937 movie Lost Horizon, which features a stunningly beautiful place called Shangri- La or Valley of the Blue Moon, a place of peace and tranquility, permanent happiness and immortality.
That visitors enjoyed peace and joy (and perhaps a glimpse of immortality!) on viewing the garden was borne out by the many who struggled to see it, see image below, and those who sought us out offering their thanks and appreciation.
Gardeners’ News described it as “a garden to draw the lines from every furrowed brow and leave you at peace with the world and sinking into its beauty.”
Garden on a Japanese Theme
Visitors viewing the garden
Visitors jostled one another to get a view of the garden and once having reached the front of the viewing stand, were reluctant to leave, such was the appeal of the scene.
The design and construction of the garden involved contributions from many, including Elspeth Logan, artist; Terry Anderson, landscape architect; Don Millar, architect; Ray Cheeseborough, garden designer and master mason; Ron Stempfer, hydraulic engineer; Bill Brown, master mason and landscape craftsman; Wally Skinner, master mason and landscape craftsman; Stan Cheeseborough, master mason and landscape craftsman; Duncan Alexander Mackenzie, marketing assistant; Janice Petersen, secretary; and John A. Davies, first principle and conceptual designer.
Representatives of the Winning Team Members
From left to right John A. Davies, Janice Petersen, Bill Brown, Duncan Alexander Mackenzie, Don Miller.
In February 2014 our services to the landscape development of Bahrain were acknowledged by HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Sulman Al Khalifa, (late Prime Minister of Bahrain), during an audience with him at Gudaibiya Palace.
Lifetime Achievement Award
In 2019 John A. Davies received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the Landscape Industry in Bahrain and the Middle East.
John A. Davies being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Nawaf Al Khudhairy, Director, Strategy and Growth, AECOM.