RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is the world’s largest annual flower show!  This family orientated Show covers 34 acres of ground, occupying both sides of the Long Water, in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace.

This year Garden Designer Juliet Sargeant has designed the RHS Kitchen Garden, which has been created to showcase a number of innovative methods used to grow edible plants.  Saturday Kitchen will be broadcasting live from this Show Garden on Saturday the 8th July 2017.

Garden designers Andrew Fisher-Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, Rhiannon Williams, Rose McMonigall, Paul Hervey-Brookes, Charlie Bloom, Will Williams, Martyn Wilson, and Tom Massey have all created Show Gardens to inspire visitors at this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Another special attraction of the RHS Flower Shows are the specialist nurseries, which are found inside the Floral Marquee.  This vast awning is 6,750 square metres in size – big enough to house an FA football pitch!  Inside the Floral Marquee you’ll find an array of 98 specialist nurseries, alongside the Plant Heritage National Collection Holders, who have brought new and old, usual and unusual, rare and commonly found plants to Hampton Court to showcase their love of a particular plant genus.

Visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will have the opportunity to meet 500 exhibitors, from all over the world, selling plants, garden ornaments, tools, compost, and many other garden related products.  The award-winning, specialist nurseries at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show offer visitors the opportunity to purchase a diverse range of beautifully grown, interesting and exciting plants, that you cannot find in regular garden centres.

The RHS continue with their important Greening Grey Britain campaign at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  Mindful of climate change, the RHS have included a new category of Show Gardens – Gardens for a Changing World.  These new Show Gardens are designed to empower and inspire gardeners to to cope with our uncertain climate, offering ideas of how to create gardens that cope during periods of extreme rainfall, and drought.  I loved these new Show Gardens.  I am sure they will inspire urban gardeners to search out pockets of ground in built up areas and use their inspiration to bring a soothing green calm to the precious ground found in town centres and on brown field sites.

The winner of The Rose of the Year Competition is announced inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show each year.  The roses entered into The Rose of the Year Competition have been tested rigorously in comprehensive trials, which are conducted across the UK, to search out the best performing and most disease resistant of the new rose cultivars available.  It’s not only new roses that are inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, older varieties are on show to delight visitors which their warm, summery fragrances.

The RHS Hub is designed to bring visitors together, it features a Village Green, complete with bandstand; there are also food stalls and a themed activity area, where you can take part in seed sowing and other activities.

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a family orientated and fun event; each paying adult can bring two children under 16 years of age, into the show at no extra charge.

Here is an insight into the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017:

Show Gardens

Colour Box

Garden designer Charlie Bloom, pictured in The Colour Box Garden that Charlie designed with Simon Webster for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges presented this Show Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal.

I loved the bright and friendly cheer of the planting in Colour Box, which was designed by Charlie Bloom and Stephen Webster.  I also appreciated the ethos behind the garden – this is a Show Garden designed to showcase its plants, and to celebrate plants and people, and the warmth of the connection between them.

Without a large budget to create their Show Garden, garden designers Charlie Bloom and Stephen Webster turned to social media, and asked for help from the horticultural community on Twitter, requesting donations of plants or materials, or contributions of time worked and skills used.

This fantastically colourful garden is the result of the skills of the designers, and the input of everyone who worked on, collaborated with, or contributed to this Show Garden.  Colour Box is a reflection of the spirit of kindness and good will that was offered and shared, to fulfill and achieve Charlie Bloom and Stephen Webster’s design aspirations.

Colour Box has been designed to showcase the dazzling plants featured in this Show Garden.  The designers have included reflective pools to mirror the luminosity of the planting, and the seating area comprises brightly coloured cube seats, which have been chosen to compliment the vibrancy of the colours of the garden’s plants.

The Colour Box Garden designed by Charlie Bloom and Simon Webster for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges presented this Show Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal.
Colour Box was filled with brightly coloured flowers including this red Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’. Pictured at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Achillea ‘Pretty Belinda’ and Penstemon ‘Andenken an Friedrich Hahn’, pictured in the Colour Box Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
At the front: Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’, Achillea ‘Pretty Belinda’, Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, Achillea millefolium ‘New Vintage Red’, and Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’, pictured in the Colour Box Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Fun on Sea

Fun on Sea was designed by Tony Wagstaff and built by the Southend Youth Offending Service and the Southend Parks Department. The RHS judges awarded this garden with a Silver Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

I love to see the results of gardening projects designed to help others, so I was thrilled to visit the Fun on Sea Show Garden, which was created with plants grown by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and built by the Southend Youth Offending Service.

I’m told that many of the young people who were involved in building this Show Garden have enrolled themselves on horticulture courses, which is fantastic to hear!  I wish every one of you, every success and happiness in your new careers, and I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to those who initiated this great project and worked worked with the teams involved in building the garden.  Well done to everyone involved!

Fun on Sea was designed by Tony Wagstaff and built by the Southend Youth Offending Service and the Southend Parks Department. The RHS judges awarded this garden with a Silver Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Southend Council: By the Sea

Southend Council: By the Sea was designed by James Callicott, and built by Southend Borough Council, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges presented this Show Garden with a Silver-Gilt Medal.

Garden designer James Callicott began working with young offenders in November 2016 to share his skills and knowledge, and to offer the young people a fantastic opportunity to work together to build this Show Garden for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.  James’ young team took part in all of the pre-show prep, as well as the installation and construction of this Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where James and his team’s sterling efforts have been recognised with a Silver-Gilt Medal from the RHS Judges – a magnificent achievement!

By the Sea is a calming Show Garden.  The colours and tones used in this Show Garden remind us of the relaxing and recharging effect that a visit to the seaside gives us.  The planting in this garden is designed to be reminiscent of waves – echoing the forms and shapes of the waves as they wash in, lapping at the shoreline before ebbing away.

I hope that the young people involved with this Show Garden will be boosted by the success of their work at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, and will be inspired to follow their dreams in horticulture, or whichever career their heart desires.  I wish you all every happiness and success!

The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden

The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.

Garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes took inspiration from one couple’s travels and their exploration around the world with Viking Cruises, for his design of The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden felt very special.  This Show Garden’s planting was full and luxurious, soft and romantic; the planting delivered a sumptuous and very exclusive feel to this garden, and included plants that originate from the Mediterranean and other far away lands that the Viking cruise ships sail to.

The sunken seating area is paved with porcelain tiles and flanked by a classically styled facade, which features three arches.  The wall’s central arch is comprised of four consecutive arches, each of which are painted in sequentially darker coloured tones, which add the illusion of depth to this classically styled area of the garden, the design of which has been inspired by Rome.

 

The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.
The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii underplanted with an array of herbaceous perennials in The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden.  This Show Garden was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.
The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.
The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.
Nicotiana sylvestris, pictured in The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.
The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden, was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Viking Cruises World of Discovery Garden was designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes and built by G K Wilson Landscapes.

Best Construction Award

Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden

Garden designer Dan Bowyer, pictured in The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden. This Show Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award.

The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden has been designed to celebrate the work and activities of the charity Blind Veterans UK.  Garden designers Dan Bowyer and Andrew Fisher Tomlin have designed a community garden for Blind Veterans UK, that is accessible for everyone.

I confess to being a fan of sculptor Tom Hare, so I was delighted to see Tom’s beautifully fluid, woven willow sculpture that encompasses much of this Show Garden.  The willow wraps around the garden, drawing the space together, and delivering a real energy, fluidity, and movement that compliments and embodies this garden’s features.  The willow forms a beautiful series of sinuous arches and organic tentacles, which envelop the garden’s gazebo.

The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden features contrasting colours, using a number of light and dark combinations – using light coloured willow stems against dark coloured willow stems, and white coloured flowers, to create a space which is more visible to those with partial sight, who rely on contrasts of light and dark to gain an understanding of the space in front of them.

The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.
The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Show Garden was presented with a Gold Medal and the prestigious Best Construction Award. The Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden was built by Landform Consultants.

The Journey of Life

The Journey of Life Show Garden was designed by Edward Mairis, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this Show Garden a Bronze Medal.

Garden designer Edward Mairis has designed The Journey of Life Show Garden as a low maintenance garden of contrasts, featuring a modern high-tech atrium, hydroponic salad towers, and other new and rather shiny contemporary features, alongside a beautiful, old and gnarled olive tree, which is undoubtedly the best feature of this garden.

The colourful acrylic backdrop delivers a colourful gloss to the garden, which contributes towards the garden’s holiday feel.

A closer look at the beautiful olive tree in the Journey of Life Show Garden. The Journey of Life was designed by Edward Mairis, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this Show Garden a Bronze Medal.
Beautiful blue Agapanthus, as seen in The Journey of Life Show Garden, which was designed by Edward Mairis, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

On The Edge: The Centre for Mental Health Garden

On The Edge: The Centre for Mental Health Garden was designed by Frederic Whyte and built by Benton Landscapes. This Show Garden was sponsored by Benton Landscapes and The Centre for Mental Health.

Garden designer Frederic Whyte, designed On The Edge: The Centre for Mental Health Garden, to raise awareness of mental health problems, especially depression, and to convey the desperate, empty, and hopeless feelings experienced by those suffering from depression, to incite a greater understanding in those who have not encountered these emotions.

As well as using spiky plants, such as Eryngiums in his design, Frederic Whyte has included an uncomfortably steep staircase to demonstrate the uncomfortable emotions, trepidation, and fear that those suffering from depression experience.

This Show Garden also includes more cheerful, colourful and softer planting, using herbaceous perennials in the area of the garden that symbolises acceptance and hope for the future.

On The Edge: The Centre for Mental Health Garden was designed by Frederic Whyte and built by Benton Landscapes. This Show Garden was sponsored by Benton Landscapes and The Centre for Mental Health.
On The Edge: The Centre for Mental Health Garden was designed by Frederic Whyte and built by Benton Landscapes. This Show Garden was sponsored by Benton Landscapes and The Centre for Mental Health.

World Gardens

Turismo de Galicia: The Pazo’s Secret Garden

Turismo de Galicia: The Pazo’s Secret Garden was designed by Rose McMonigall, and built by Bowood Landscapes Ltd, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this World Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.

Garden designer Rose McMonigall took inspiration from the Galician Pazos in Northern Spain for her design for Turismo de Galicia: The Pazo’s Secret Garden.

This is a relaxed garden, designed to be a space where there is plenty of time to take in and appreciate the atmosphere of the garden, and absorb the spirit of the garden’s wider landscape.

The granite walls create a private space which is reflective of the Pazo gardens and their particular beauty.

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris, also known as the climbing Hydrangea, pictured in the Turismo de Galicia: The Pazo’s Secret Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this World Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.
Turismo de Galicia: The Pazo’s Secret Garden was designed by Rose McMonigall, and built by Bowood Landscapes Ltd, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this World Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.

Great Gardens Of The USA – The Oregon Garden

Great Gardens Of The USA – The Oregon Garden was designed by Sadie May Stowell and built by Sadie May Studios Ltd. The RHS Judges awarded this World Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This World Garden was sponsored by Brand USA.

Garden designer Sadie May Stowell is something of a gardening superhero, having designed three gardens for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017!  The Oregon Garden, which you see here, is my favourite of Sadie’s designs for this year’s Flower Show.

The Oregon Garden is an exquisite garden, it’s a real delight.  It’s as if Sadie May Stowell has captured the beauty of the gardens and landscape of Oregon, wrapped it up rather beautifully, and delivered the garden safely to Surrey!

The soothing scent from the roses was palpable even as I approached this Show Garden.  The perfume and the abundant planting, which featured Achilleas, Pines, Digitalis, ferns, roses, Ammi Majus, and dark purple coloured Japanese maples, delivered an endearing softness and feminine aura to this Show Garden

The substantial rocks which are peppered throughout this Show Garden, are there to represent Oregon’s mountains and landscape.

Great Gardens Of The USA – The Charleston Garden

Great Gardens Of The USA – The Charleston Garden was designed by Sadie May Stowell and built by Sadie May Studios Ltd. The RHS Judges awarded this World Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This World Garden was sponsored by Brand USA.

Garden designer Sadie May Stowell, took her inspiration from Charleston’s hidden gardens for this symmetrically planted Show Garden.  It’s not easy to condense the features of the wider landscape into one small Show Garden, but Sadie May Stowell has been successful in delivering an American essence and welcome to this small part of Surrey.

The garden’s centrepiece is a scaled down replica of the pineapple fountain in Waterfront Park, in Charleston, South Carolina.  This central water feature is surrounded by a mix of tender plants, including Cycads and lemons, alongside hardy plants, including Hydrangeas and ivy.

A closer look at the pineapple water feature, which is a scaled down replica of the water feature at Charleston. Great Gardens Of The USA – The Charleston Garden was designed by Sadie May Stowell, and built by Sadie May Studios Ltd. The RHS Judges awarded this World Garden a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This World Garden was sponsored by Brand USA.

Great Gardens Of The USA – The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

Great Gardens Of The USA – The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel was designed by Sadie May Stowell and built by Sadie May Studios Limited. The RHS Judges awarded this World Garden a Bronze Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This World Garden was sponsored by Brand USA.

Ellen Biddle Shipman’s Moonlight Garden provided the influence for garden designer Sadie May Stowell, in her design for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.  The use of reclaimed materials and the electric lighting, were all chosen by the designer to emulate those found in the Moonlight Garden.

Best Show & World Garden and….

..People’s Choice Best Show and World Garden

The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden

The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Garden designers Adam White and Andrée Davis took inspiration from their workshops with Zoflora and the children they met from the Cauldwell Children’s charity, for their design for this Show Garden, which has been designed to benefit children on the Autistic spectrum.

The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden is a sensory garden, a small play park, which features a spinning boulder, which despite its size, can easily be pushed and spun around by a child.  There are numerous other play features and spaces including a tree top nest, a swing, trampoline, a mushroom cave, a stream, and a hollow log.

The grassy areas and mounds are soft and meadowy, and are sure to appeal to both adults and children alike.  The planting in this children’s garden is soft, naturalistic, and sunny.

The garden designers have featured many edible plants in this Show Garden, including wild strawberries, fruit trees, and edible flowers, to engage the children’s interest and connect them with the garden.   The garden designers have designed features that offer opportunities to stimulate each of the five senses within the garden, but they have also created many secluded spaces to relax, unwind, and appreciate the calm and beauty of this naturalistically planted, soothing garden.

The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden will be dismantled after the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show closes.  Happily, this wonderful and very special garden will be rebuilt at the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, at Keele University.

The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies of Davies White Ltd. This Show Garden was built by Martyn Hughes of Gerald Davies Ltd. The RHS judges awarded The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Show & World Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Feature Gardens

This year the Royal Horticultural Society commissioned two feature gardens.  These special gardens are not judged and so are consequently not awarded a medal of any kind.

Watch This Space

Featuring rocks from Cleve West’s M&G Garden, and fins from Andy Sturgeon’s garden, designed for The Telegraph for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, Watch This Space was designed by Andy Sturgeon for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Feature Garden was built by David Dodd and the Outdoor Room, assisted by landscaping trainees, apprentices and students.

Watch This Space was designed by Andy Sturgeon to inspire young people to take up landscaping, and to showcase the fun, success, reward, and achievement that Landscape Gardeners’ experience throughout their careers.  The Watch This Space Garden was built by landscaping apprentices, students, and trainees.

Andy Sturgeon has created a large show garden, which is intersected by a series of hedges.  These hedges divide the garden and result in the garden being viewed one section at a time.

The main properties and features of the Watch This Space Feature Garden have been taken from previous Chelsea Flower Show Gardens designed by Andy Sturgeon, Cleve West, and Sarah Eberle.  See how many features and plants you can recognise!

Blue Eryngium mingles with grasses in the Watch This Space Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This Feature Garden was built by David Dodd and the Outdoor Room, assisted by landscaping trainees, apprentices and students.

To read my interview with Andy Sturgeon, and see these fins in their original Show Garden – The Telegraph Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, please click here.

RHS Kitchen Garden

Juliet Sargeant pictured in the RHS Kitchen Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

My favourite garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was the RHS Kitchen Garden, which was designed by Juliet Sargeant.  Every plant that featured in this accessible communal garden was edible, to showcase the vast array of edible plants that are on offer for us as gardeners to grow.

The RHS Kitchen Garden demonstrates the interesting methods that we as gardeners use to grow edible plants.  This Feature Garden shows that even in the smallest of spaces it’s possible to grow vegetables, fruit, and herbs.

Mary Berry pictured in the RHS Kitchen Garden, at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Cavolo Nero Kale, pretty pink Dianthus and thyme, with pink pom pom dahlias behind, pictured in the RHS Kitchen Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’, pictured in the RHS Kitchen Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. This new dwarf Mulberry was chosen as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2017.

Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’ is new for 2017.  This award winning Mulberry fruits in its first year and is the product and result of many years of dedicated plant breeding.  This brand new dwarf mulberry was the winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2017 Competition.  To discover more about the top twenty shortlisted plants, including the finalists and the winner of this prestigious competition, please click here.

 

The RHS Kitchen Garden is a beautiful, accessible garden, which is filled with edible plants, including flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and trees.

To read my interview with Juliet Sargeant and discover more about the RHS Kitchen Garden, please click here.

Gardens For A Changing World

The Power to Make a Difference

The Power to Make a Difference was designed by Joe Francis, and built by Gardens for Good. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Garden designer Joe Francis, took his inspiration from the destructive nature of mankind when he designed The Power To Make A Difference.  This Show Garden features frozen irises to represent climate change, crazy paving to embody the crazy lives we lead, while the neglectful nature of humans, and the abuse that we have delivered to our world is expressed by the use of rubble, which is a notable feature of the garden.

Garden designer Joe Francis hopes that each one of us will understand that we each have the power to make a difference.  We can bring a positive change to the planet and to our environment.

A closer look at the frozen Irises in The Power to Make a Difference was designed by Joe Francis, and built by Gardens for Good. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
A closer look at the frozen Irises in The Power to Make a Difference was designed by Joe Francis, and built by Gardens for Good. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden was designed by Tom Massey, and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden has been designed by Tom Massey to celebrate the work of the fantastically supportive horticultural charity Perennial, who help people of all ages that are working in horticulture, or have retired from working in horticulture.

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden was designed by Tom Massey, and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.
The Perennial Sanctuary Garden was designed by Tom Massey, and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.

Sunflowers add a characterful element and charm to The Perennial Sanctuary Show Garden.  These dwarf Sunflowers mingle with swathes of Deschampsia grasses, which diffuse the planting and blur the edges of the garden, adding an airy feel around the outer circle of the garden.

The centre of this Show Garden offers a sheltered, safe place of quiet refuge, symbolising the safety net that Perennial offer to gardeners who are enduring difficult times and are experiencing trauma and distress.

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden reminds us that with help and assistance from Perennial, gardeners who are braving bad times and are enduring chaos, can again find sanctuary, calm, and respite, as they work through their problems with assistance from Perennial.

The Perennial Sanctuary Garden was designed by Tom Massey, and built by Landform Consultants, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.

To read my interview with Tom Massey and learn more about the UNHCR: Border Control Conceptual Garden, that Tom designed with John Ward for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

Holding Back the Flood

Streetscapes Holding Back The Flood was designed by Will Williams, and built and sponsored by Streetscape. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Garden designer Will Williams, has taken inspiration from Pickering, a small town in North Yorkshire, which was a flood hot spot and had previously endured flooding on numerous occasions.

After failing to secure the funding that the town of Pickering required for the ugly and disruptive, large concrete flood defences they had hoped to install, the townspeople worked with environmentalists and academics to find and trial alternative solutions, that would absorb and hold back the future flood waters to avert any future flooding.

Thousands of Alnus glutinosa, commonly known as Alder trees were planted in the areas surrounding the town, and leaky dams were installed to slow the flow of the water that ran off from the adjacent moors.  These methods slowed the water flow and gave the land the additional time it required to absorb the water.

Since the town of Pickering introduced their new environmental flood defences, which work with nature, following centuries old methods, the town has avoided being flooded, despite episodes of very inclement weather and persistent, heavy rainfall, where other towns in the vicinity have succumbed to flooding.

In his design for Holding Back The Flood, garden designer Will Williams, reminds us that the centuries old wisdom of the knowledge and experience of plants growing within our landscape, which has been passed down through the ages, often has the answers.

Natural planting methods can offer a more effective and robust solution to flooding problems, which can save towns and communities that are at risk of flooding millions of pounds, and will contribute and enhance the natural beauty of the area.

Streetscapes Holding Back The Flood was designed by Will Williams, and built and sponsored by Streetscape. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Brownfield – Metamorphosis

Brownfield – Metamorphosis was designed by Martyn Wilson and built by Keyscape Design and Construction. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Offering ideas of low maintenance, drought tolerant plants, that are beneficial for bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, and naturalise readily, to provide an option for the regeneration of brownfield industrial sites to be replanted as gardens and areas for wildlife.

Brownfield – Metamorphosis has been designed to showcase methods of reusing left over materials from each Brownfield site’s past, to repurpose these components to use as seating, or to reimagine these objects, which might at first be considered an obstruction, to create new, positive facilities that will be used and valued in the new life of the brownfield site.

The bee artwork reminds us of the importance of bees, and of our dependence on these beautiful insects to pollinate our crops.

Brownfield – Metamorphosis was designed by Martyn Wilson and built by Keyscape Design and Construction. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Brownfield – Metamorphosis was designed by Martyn Wilson and built by Keyscape Design and Construction. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Brownfield – Metamorphosis was designed by Martyn Wilson and built by Keyscape Design and Construction. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Gold Medal, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The People’s Choice Best Conceptual and Gardens for a Changing World

The Urban Rain Garden

The Urban Rain Garden was designed by Rhiannon Williams. This Show Garden was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal. This Garden was chosen as the People’s Choice of Best Conceptual and Best Garden For A Changing World. The Urban Rain Garden was sponsored by Squires, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Garden designer Rhiannon Williams, has designed this clever garden, which offers a number of solutions for rainwater management for a garden in a residential setting.

Garden designer Rhiannon Williams, has designed methods of catching, storing and moving rainwater to irrigate this sustainable garden, which incorporates a parking space, a seating area, an enclosed lawn, and various planting areas which offer differing growing conditions.

I was sorry that I wasn’t able to spend longer looking at this Show Garden.  I would have liked to have discovered more of the garden’s design and features.

Best Garden For A Changing World

London Glades

London Glades was designed by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies. This Gold Medal winning Garden, which was build by Flower + Stone, was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Garden for a Changing World, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

London Glades is a fantastically different Show Garden!  London Glades has been created from a tapestry of planting, which has been woven together rather intricately, to produce a beautiful, sustainable garden that encompasses forest gardening methods.

London Glades offers a wild and naturalistic beauty, which is calming and soothing.  Filled with edible plants, this is a garden designed for a pocket of inner city or town centre land, that will allow the resident gardener to revitalise and restore themselves in their urban home environment, where they can be at one with nature and dine out on the edible plants that fill the garden.

Garden designers, Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies have invited their audience to reconnect with nature and the earth, showcasing the simple, yet effective technique of Hugelkultur – an ancient method, where wood, branches, and garden waste are mounded up, covered with top soil, and planted into.  Raised beds created with the Hugelkultur method can be fertile and productive.

The entire typography of this raised Show Garden has been created using Hugelkultur.  The moisture loving plants have been planted at the base of the mound, where they will enjoy the run off of water after the rain, while plants that prefer drier, free draining conditions have been planted at the top of the mound.  I don’t think of Hugelkultur as being an instantly stable method of raising ground up, so if you’re considering using Hugelkultur for anything larger than a raised bed, or for an area which will be walked on or over, it would be worth taking some professional advice before you act on your ideas.

London Glades is a low maintenance, edible garden, which has been designed to be productive and restful.  This Show Garden features a number of close, low growing plants which offer a great alternative to grass, including Ajuga, moss, Sagina, and thyme.  These tight knit, very low growing plants, allow you to walk barefoot and enjoy the softness and textures of the planting, reaffirming your connection with the plants and the earth.

It is wonderful to see forest gardening, permaculture, and sustainable gardening methods receiving publicity and being talked about.  I was so happy to see the success of this garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

London Glades was designed by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies. This Gold Medal winning Garden, which was build by Flower + Stone, was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Garden for a Changing World, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
London Glades was designed by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies. This Gold Medal winning Garden, which was build by Flower + Stone, was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Garden for a Changing World, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
London Glades was designed by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies. This Gold Medal winning Garden, which was build by Flower + Stone, was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Garden for a Changing World, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
London Glades was designed by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies. This Gold Medal winning Garden, which was build by Flower + Stone, was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Garden for a Changing World, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
London Glades was designed by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies. This Gold Medal winning Garden, which was build by Flower + Stone, was awarded the prestigious title of the Best Garden for a Changing World, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Conceptual Gardens

Not For Sale

Not For Sale Conceptual Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. Not For Sale was designed by Mark Whyte and Sharmayne Ferguson, and built by Hythe Garden Landscapes. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver Medal.

As I approached the Not For Sale garden I experienced an empty sadness, and feeling of despair in my heart, as I was reminded of the terrible deeds of man, and the appalling ivory trade, which has tragically led to the mindless destruction of so many beautiful elephants.

80 replica elephant tusks have been installed in the Not For Sale Garden, to create a symbolic archway, as a reminder of the 80 elephants which are brutally killed by man each and every day.  It is shocking to think that humans have treated elephants so badly.  I hope with all my heart that this trend will be reversed and elephants will be respect, valued, and revered for the beautiful mammals they are.

Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman of Craig House Catci pictured visiting the Not For Sale Conceptual Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. Not For Sale was designed by Mark Whyte and Sharmayne Ferguson, and built by Hythe Garden Landscapes. The RHS judges awarded this garden a Silver Medal.

To read my interview with Stan Griffin and Vicki Newman of Craig House Cacti at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Kinetica

Kinetica was designed by John Warland, and built by Paneltech Systems Ltd, for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS Judges awarded this garden a Silver-Gilt Medal.

John Warland has taken his inspiration from particle theory in his design for Kinetica.  The Betula jacquemontii trees gently sway, thanks to the pendulums in the ground which keep the potted plants constantly moving.

Kinetica features a couple of references to the discovery of Brownian motion – the moving planters help the birch trees to shed their pollen into pools of water, and John Warland has also included Clarkia pulchella in his design, as Robert Brown, the Scottish Botanist, observed the pollen of this Clarkia species and its movement through water using his microscope.

Best Conceptual Garden

Miracle/Elements of Life

Miracle/Elements of Life was designed by Bill Wilder, and built by Wilder Gardens. This Conceptual Garden was awarded a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Conceptual Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

There was something about the fullness of the roots of this pomegranate tree that I loved, which drew me towards the Miracle/Elements Of Life Conceptual Garden, which was designed by Bill Wilder.  The design for this Conceptual Garden was inspired by the amazing qualities of soil, the soil’s composition, and its significance in plant growth.

Bill Wilder has lifted this beautiful pomegranate (Punica granatum) specimen tree up, mounting the tree on a plinth, so that we can admire the tree’s beauty, and marvel at its delightful, characterful form.  This captivating pomegranate specimen epitomises the shape of the trees seen in children’s drawings, which are I think, eternally beautiful and joyous.

But this charming tree is not the focus of this design, it’s the soil that takes centre stage, as the designer Bill Wilder, showcases the significance of the soil.  Soil is something that’s frequently taken for granted.  It’s often all too easy to expect and demand so much from the soil, without giving back, adding to, or nourishing this layer of life, or working to protect the fertility and life of the soil under our feet.

The stainless steel base of the Elements/Miracle of Life Conceptual Garden has been engraved with the names of the elements found in the soil.  The water above the engraving represents life itself, and the water bubbles which move around within the water represent the exchange of elements within the plant’s roots.

In this Conceptual Garden, Garden designer Bill Wilder, reminds us of the importance of having well maintained soil, and how we need to look after and protect this precious life force.

Miracle/Elements of Life was designed by Bill Wilder and built by Wilder Gardens. This Conceptual Garden was awarded a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Conceptual Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Miracle/Elements of Life was designed by Bill Wilder and built by Wilder Gardens. This Conceptual Garden was awarded a Gold Medal and the prestigious title of Best Conceptual Garden, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The Festival of Roses Marquee

The Festival of Roses Marquee is one of the highlights of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.  This marvellous space is encapsulated with the delightful perfume of the combined scent of the hundreds of roses which fill this marquee.

Adam Frost broadcasting for the BBC, under the rose arch of the Peter Beales’ Roses exhibit, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Best Rose Exhibit

Congratulations to David Austin Roses who were chosen as the Best Rose Exhibit in the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

David Austin Roses stand, pictured inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
David Austin Roses stand, pictured inside the Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To discover the new rose introductions from David Austin Roses for 2017, please click here.

Seale Rose Gardens

Seale Rose Gardens were awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the judges, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To see more photographs inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

The Rose of the Year 2018 Competition

Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’

Launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ is named for the charity that shares its name, Hope for Justice.  Hope for Justice is a charity which helps to raise awareness and to rescue victims of modern slavery.

Derek from the charity Hope for Justice, speaking at the launch of the rose named in the charity’s honour, Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’. Pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
Here are the darker coloured blooms of Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’, pictured at this new rose’s launch, inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

For more information about Rosa ‘Hope for Justice’ and the other new roses launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’

Rosa ‘Little Angel’ was launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.  This special new rose was named in honour of the charity Tree Aid.  Tree Aid is a charity that works to help people living in the drylands of Africa by planting trees that will thrive in their climate and will grow on to provide much needed food, income, and independence for the local residents.

Rosa ‘Little Angel’.
Rosa ‘Little Angel’.
Rosa ‘Little Angel’.

For more information on Rosa ‘Little Angel’ and the other new roses launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Rosa ‘Oxana’

Rosa ‘Oxana’ is a special new rose, which was named for Oxana, as a special birthday gift from her husband.

A beautiful basket of Rosa ‘Oxana’ blooms, as pictured inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

For more information about Rosa ‘Oxana’, and the other new roses launched at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

The winner of The Rose of the Year 2018 Competition is Rosa ‘Lovestruck’!

The winner of The Rose of the Year 2018 Competition was announced inside The Festival of Roses Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.  Congratulations to Colin Dickson, of Dickson Roses who bred the best performing rose in The Rose of the Year 2018 Trials, Rosa ‘Lovestruck’!

Rosa ‘Lovestruck’.
Congratulations to Colin Dickson, of Dickson Roses, who bred Rosa ‘Lovestruck’, the winner of the Rose of The Year 2018 Competition.

To discover more about Rosa ‘Lovestruck’ and the Rose of the Year Competition, please click here.

Dalefoot Composts

Simon Bland from Dalefoot Composts, pictured with the composts that Dalefoot produce, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Dalefoot Composts are producers of fantastic peat free composts, made using natural ingredients including bracken, and sheep’s wool for increased water retention.

Dalefoot Composts came top in my 2016 Compost Trial, to read my 2016 Compost Trial Report, please click here.

Simon Bland from Dalefoot Composts, pictured with the composts that Dalefoot produce, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Specialist Nurseries

Daisy Roots Nursery

Anne Godfrey of Daisy Roots Nursery, pictured with her Gold Medal winning exhibit of herbaceous perennials and grasses, inside the Floral Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Hooray for Anne Godfrey of Daisy Roots Nursery who won her third Gold Medal this year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017!  Anne Godfrey also achieved Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and Gardeners’ World Live 2017.  To read my interview with Anne Godfrey of Daisy Roots Nursery, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Jacques Amand International

Jacques Amand International’s Gold Medal winning exhibit of Alliums and Eremurus, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Plant Heritage National Plant Collections

National Collection of Alliums

Jackie Currie pictured with her beautiful Allium exhibit, inside the Floral Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

National Collections of Small Hosta and Saxifrage

Jonathan Hogarth of Hogarth Hostas and Adrian Young of Waterperry Gardens with their joint display of Small Hosta and Saxifrage, pictured at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017. The RHS judges presented Jonathan and Adrian with a Silver-Gilt Medal for their beautiful exhibit.
Jonathan Hogarth of Hogarth Hostas and Adrian Young of Waterperry Gardens with their joint display of Small Hosta and Saxifrage, pictured at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To read my interview with Jonathan Hogarth at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, please click here.  To read my interview with Jonathan Hogarth at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

 

Joe Swift, pictured inside the Floral Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

New Design Award

Fernatix

Fernatix were awarded a Gold Medal and the prestigious New Design Award, inside the Floral Marquee, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee

Vacherot & Lecoufle

Vacherot & Lecoufle were awarded a Gold Medal, and the prestigious title of the Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee, for this beautiful display of orchids, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

The Butterfly Dome

Visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 can experience exotic butterflies from Asia, the Americas, and other exotic climates, inside the Butterfly Dome.
A striking red Anthurium, pictured inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The White Morpho Butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Morpho polyphemus, originates from Mexico and Central America, its pictured here inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
An exotic Blue Morpho Butterfly, also known by its latin name of Morpho peleides, is pictured resting on a visitor’s finger, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
This butterfly, pictured in the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, sports brown and neutral colouration to the undersides of its wings, which helps to camouflage the butterfly, protecting him from predators.
The Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Papilio rutulus, pictured resting on a visitor’s floral dress, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
The Pink Rose Butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Pachliopta kotzebuea, can be seen inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.
A Blue Morpho Butterfly, also known by its latin name of Morpho peleides, pictured resting on a leaf, inside the Butterfly Dome, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

To see more photographs of the butterflies and plants inside the Butterfly Dome at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Floral Art

Aldershot Floral Design Club

Janet Arm, Linda Brown, Valerie Clark, and Jean Warren from Aldershot Floral Design Club have designed and created this beautiful floral exhibit for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This magnificent exhibit was specially designed to publicise The NAFAS Festive Flower and Food Show, which will be held in Blackpool, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017.

To see more photographs and find out more about Aldershot Floral Design Club’s exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

Other articles that may interest you………..

To see any overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To read about The Festival of Roses and The Rose of the Year Competition, at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017, please click here.

To read my interview with Juliet Sargeant and find out more about the RHS Kitchen Garden, please click here.

To see the top twenty shortlisted plants including the finalists and winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of The Year 2017, please click here.

To see an overview of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

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