Visiting most of the major shows can take its toll after a few years and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to visiting the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this year until I arrived and was greeted by the first garden. A bright display of blooms designed by Charlie Bloom.
COLOUR BOX is a celebration of the wonderful gardening community. It is a collaboration between volunteers, trade industries and all brought together under the design of Charlie Bloom and my BEST IN SHOW.
“It has no conceptual purpose or meaning other than a celebration of people helping people within the horticultural industry. The garden simply intends to build a backdrop and stage for what horticulture is essentially all about, the plants.”
– Charlie Bloom
I returned to see this garden many times during my visit, not only beautiful as a whole it has many colourful ideas which can be transferred into the home garden or allotment. I have one such border on my allotment by the pond so I paid close attention to the plants used, the colour and groupings. Look out next year on my allotment garden for a little bit of Bloom bringing a splash of colour to my videos.
Inspired by the coastline of Southend-on-Sea, The Sea Garden offers a peaceful idyll being by the coast. It offers a relaxing and practical space with cool, calming blues and drift planting. The only creative touch this garden lacked was sound-effects of seagulls flying over. This garden was built by young offenders from Southend.
A romantic spot, steeped in history and drenched in greenery, this garden nestles under the walls of an old Galician palace, or Pazo. It evokes elements found in the wider palace grounds, including its famous camellia and hydrangea gardens, ponds, springs and special Albarino vines.
Designed to capture the simplicity and elegance of Thomas Edison’s Moonlight Garden, this design takes its inspiration from the layout of the original garden and features some of the plants found there.
The garden has been built by landscaping apprentices, trainees and students volunteering their time and mentored by David Dodd and other leading industry contractors giving them their first taste of building a show garden. Designed by Andy Sturgeon.
The Blind Veterans UK garden (below) is designed by duo Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bower. The charity supports anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, including National Service, who is now living with significant sight loss. This garden celebrates the abilities and activities of our blind veterans and the vibrancy of the whole Blind Veterans UK community.
The plants in the AUTISTIC KITCHEN GARDEN have been grown by young adults with autism and other learning disabilities at the social enterprise, Easi Works, in Easingwold, North Yorkshire.
Designed by a member of staff at Easi Works, the kitchen units and many of the accessories are kindly donated by members of the Easingwold community.
And finally, the RHS Kitchen Garden has some stunning displays of vegetables and it’s great to see so much food on display. The RHS wants this garden to enrich everyone’s life through plants aims to encourage visitors to make the UK a greener and more beautiful place to live.