Heading for Hampton

PUBLISHED: 14:47 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 February 2013

Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Set against the backdrop of Henry VIII's historic estate, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a new look this year and features a diverse range of new features and fabulous show gardens. The show runs from July 7 to 12 and draws some of the b...

Nature to nurture
GARDENING writer and landscape designer Philippa Pearson is creating a show garden at this year's event that explores how to release the countryside into our own gardens. The Sadolin Nature to Nurture Garden celebrates the bringing together of nature and formality in a stylish, contemporary garden. The garden features naturalistic planting, using tall plants for a transparent, 'see through' effect, and wildflowers. A decked garden building, with its sedum roof, gives a fabulous vantage point over the garden. Arcangel, based at Bendish, Hertfordshire, have made a stainless steel sculpture for the garden: the sculpture has been designed to echo the movement in the meadow and the ornamental borders, and will gently sway in the breeze, just like the blades of grass it represents.
Julie Olsson, marketing manager at Sadolin, is thrilled with the design, which will be the woodcare company's first show garden, having previously sponsored only small gardens. 'At Sadolin, we speak a lot about our woodstains and varnishes enhancing the natural beauty of wood,' says Julie, 'and this is something that really resonates in this garden.'
Once the show has finished, the garden building, plus a selection of the wildflowers, will be donated to the garden that Philippa, who writes for Hertfordshire Life and Buckinghamshire Life, has designed at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge.

One for the teenagers
Teenage Sanctuary, a small garden to encourage teenagers into the outdoors to relax, study and socialise, is Kathryn Hibberd's first show garden. Kathryn, who lives in Prestwood, Buckinghamshire, wants to highlight a positive approach to teenagers and has involved Year 13 art students at The Misbourne School in nearby Great Missenden to create a graffiti wall which forms part of a water feature.
Central to the design is a contemporary two storey cedar tower which incorporates a swing seat, spiral staircase and chill-out roof terrace. Planting is bright and relaxed with lots of orange, purple, red and lime.
Little Hampden Forge have made a wrought iron step to cross the water feature and Lawrence Landscapes, based in Meadle near Aylesbury, are helping to build the garden. After the show, it is hoped the garden will be re-built at
St Katharine's House near Henley on Thames, a Sue Ryder retreat home for several charities.

A fresh new look
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will have a whole new look this year as the centre of the show is redesigned. The four floral marquees now fill one large space, allowing more nurseries to attend the show and giving visitors the chance to take home an even wider range of plants and flowers. A new 'Gardening Energy' feature looks at gardening with the environment in mind. Other features include The Gardens of the Six Wives of Henry VIII to celebrate the 500-year anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne, with a garden created to represent each of his famous wives, whilst Sustainability Gardens will inspire visitors who are looking for ways to be green.

Make a day of it
When: July 7-12 (RHS Privilege Days July 7-8, public days July 9-12)
Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molsey, Surrey
Ticket hotline: 0844 209 0363
RHS show information: 020 7649 1885

Ticket prices range from 14 to 32. Children 16 and under FREE with an accompanying adult.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Charity Gala Preview
July 6, 6pm-11pm
Tickets range between 60-305 per person.
For more information call 0845 3700 128 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt/2009/gala

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