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Hampton Court Celebrates 25 Years

The 25th anniversary of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has been blessed with a run of warm sunshine to greet visitors this week. Running until Sunday 5th July, the show is set in the ground of the royal palace adjacent to the River Thames as it makes it way through East Molesey in Surrey.

Designed by Jean Wardrop and Alexandra Stevenson, the Yardley London Perennial Garden brings together a partnership between English fragrance house Yardley London and the gardening charity, Perennial. The garden is based on a publication from the 1840s, ‘Instructions in Gardening for Ladies’, written by Jane Loudon.

Perennial spokesperson Anita Bates, commented:

“This garden helps highlight our heritage as a charity that grew from Britain’s great gardens to look after people who tended them. Even though some sectors of the horticulture industry are traditionally male dominated, in other areas such as garden design, there are huge numbers of extremely talented women.”

Monty Don rehearing for BBC Gardeners' World TV programme
Monty Don rehearsing prior to filming an episode for the television coverage of the show.

Zantedeschia Mercedes
Popular at most shows this year makes an appearance at Hampton Court. A member of the Aracease family, Zantedeschia ‘Mercedes’ puts on a stunning display. Grow in sandy, well drained soil, placing in partial shade to full sun. Growing to a height of 2ft with a spread of 1ft. I’m totally hooked on these this year and will be making sure my garden includes some next year.

rolawn
An interesting garden sculpture is Freestyle Turf, constructed by Rolawn to celebrate their 40th anniversary in the turf industry. Billed as an opportunity to “celebrate the freedom to use natural products to challenge common perceptions.”

Just Retirement Garden at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
‘Just Retirement Garden: A Garden for Every Retiree’ is designed by Tracy Foster, and aims to portray how enjoyable retirement and gardening can be. Using raised beds, seating area, potting shed, cottage garden flower beds and vegetables garden. The garden was built by a team of volunteers of retirement age.

The vegetable garden of 'Just Retirement'.
The vegetable garden of ‘Just Retirement’.

The cottage garden inspired flower beds of 'Just Retirement'.
The cottage garden inspired flower beds of ‘Just Retirement’.

Rob Hardy
Winner of 20 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals, Rob Hardy of Hardy’s Plants is back at Hampton Court with his stunning display of herbaceous perennials, all grown in peat free compost.

Sponsored by Fryer's Roses and designed by Adam Leverett, Take Time to Smell the Roses, is a typical English rose garden. Filled with perfumed roses from the Fryer's collection alongside their new introduction, Blue Diamond Rose.
Sponsored by Fryer’s Roses and designed by Adam Leverett, Take Time to Smell the Roses, is a typical English rose garden. Filled with perfumed roses from the Fryer’s collection alongside their new introduction, Blue Diamond Rose.

Rose Blue Diamond Rose
Blue Diamond Rose, launched by Fryer’s Roses.

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