Horticulture

Barbara Davies established Flora Bella (Overseas) Ltd in Cyprus in 2001, to provide professional horticultural consultation and services to commercial, institutional and individual clients worldwide. With credentialed, specialist expertise in aquatic- and xeric-landscape conditions, Flora Bella can address landscape extremes, in addition to more typical garden conditions.

As a Director of Etablissements Botaniques Latour-Marliac SA in France, Stapeley Water Gardens Ltd. in the United Kingdom, and Santa Barbara Water Gardens and Landscapes in California, USA, she maximized broad, practical experience in many management disciplines.

Among many other projects, she facilitated the restoration and redevelopment of Ets. Botaniques Latour-Marliac, the 5-acre cradle of waterlily hybridization in Le Temple-sur-Lot, southwest France. Founded in 1875 by Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, the nursery and gardens provided inspiration for and aquatic plants to the water gardens of Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, at Giverny, as well as to the restoration of those historic gardens.

Barbara’s horticultural research and writing topics include international contemporary and historic horticulture and maritime themes, practical gardening and garden construction, and gastronomic, ritual/spiritual and medicinal uses of endemic and introduced Eastern Mediterranean and Californian plants. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers and peer-reviewed publications in the United States, Britain, France, Greece and Cyprus.


Nymphaea 'Barbara Davies'
Kirk Strawn, hybridiser/introducer



Nymphaea 'Barbara Dobbins'
Kirk Strawn, hybridiser/introducer