Today I went to the Hampton Court Flower Show and this post will be on a selection of show gardens I saw at the show. Naturally I did go round and see all of them but I have picked a selection to show on this blog post.
RHS Kitchen Garden designed by Juliet Sargeant
Theses are two pictures I took in the RHS Kitchen Garden where the Hairy Bikers do a show at 11 O’clock every day where they cook in it using produce from the garden. They were also doing Aquaponics In a few tanks inside a greenhouse in the garden too. The designer of this garden was Juliet Sargeant who got a Gold medal at RHS Chelsea in 2016 for her modern slavery garden that is a true contrast to this garden showing true garden design skill and talent.
Miracle / Elements of Life designed by Bill wilder
The next garden is a conceptual garden. Its key theme is portraying all the elements that go into growing plants and enable them to survive. It also brings a focus to other small elements that are less well known and brings about the issue that if some of these elements were gone plants would find it diffract to survive and the world would be changed for ever. The box that fits on the base if filed with water and emits air bubbles up to the plants above. This together with the hight of the garden makes it quite a spectacle and it is definitely my favourite conceptual garden at the show this year. However, I would have loved to see the planting as it looked spectacular from the ground so I expect it will be amazing if you look at it form above. If you think this too you can see it on BBC 2 at 9:30pm tonight (5th June) on the first episode of three programs the BBC are doing to broadcast the Hampton Court Flower Show.
Colour Box designed by Charlie Bloom and Simon Webster
This is one of the show gardens at the show. It is on one of the smaller plots at the show. it has some very colourful and vibrant planting at ether side of a path with water on ether side. The three colourful boxes add an interesting focal point to the garden and combined with the planting create a lot of theatre to the design. The message behind this garden is about helping people with horticulture and though this good things can be achieved. All the plants in this garden were donated to it via a page that was set up of the Internet calling for donations. It is reaky amazing of whst must have been a bit of a brick a brack of plants has turned out to be a beautiful garden with a very bright and vibrant planting style.
Blind Veterans UK: Its All About Community Garden designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and David Bowyer
This is a garden that has been created for the charity Blind Veterans UK. It is in the show garden category and has some wonderful planting. This is what i have included pictures of. It was difficult to get a picture of the whole garden as there was filming and press activity going on in the garden at the time I was there. Many of the parts in this garden are for stimulating the senses and put together in a way for everyone to enjoy.
Not for Sale designed by Mark Whyte and Sharmayne ferguson
This garden is a conceptual garden it is surrounded by 80 tusks that symbolise the amount of animals that will be killed for ivory every day. It is definitely a thought provoking garden with the barren dessert landscape in the centre and bones and skulls of dead animals add to the image.
Brownfield – Metamorphosis designed by Martyn Wilson
This garden is part of the gardens for the changing world category and is a conceptual garden. It symbolised the transition from a brownfield site to being regenerated. The planting transitions form being brown with little colour to being green and vibrant in colour as it is regenerated. I particular like this garden as it shows a verity of different materials and the use of rusty metal is interesting gas it blends very well with the panting style.
Hope you enjoyed these few gardens – Tomorrows post will be on the Floral Marquee