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Photos from Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Friday, 20 July 2012 16:38

It was a very wet day when we visited Hampton Court Flower Show but it didn't put off the crowds.

As we walked in we were greeted by the wonderful tunes of 'Casa Blanca Steps' a 1920's music group who were playing at the main bandstand. This lifted the mood and brought a smile to everyones face. Their joyful tunes must have also brought the sunshine out. We got several hours of sunshine to enjoy the shows full glory.

Here were some of the show highlights:

Hampton RHS Floral Marquee

First stop was the RHS floral Marquee. The Floral Marquee which saw some amazing nursery displays.

A big suprise and highlight was the Craig House Cacti‘s stand. Craig won a Gold award for his display. The Huge cacti had amazing blooms that would make even the novice gardener consider owning a cactus plant.

Another mention should go to Jayne Thomas who created a garden that celebrated the Diamond Jubilee. Nestled amongst swathes of patriotic coloured planting and trees, there was seating area to sit and take refreshment. Little hard landscaping, lots of well crafted accessories and masses of pretty planting. She was also awarded a Gold Medal for her efforts.

Hampton promotes family gardening

Unlike its Chelsea counterpart, which bans the under-5’s, Hampton Court has always embraced families. Their was a display of scarecrows, designed by schoolchildren at the Palace Garden Gate, north side of the show ground that were a great addition to the show. Scarecrows were themed towards the 2012 Olympics. The scarecrows included rowers, cyclists fencers and footballers. The children's sense of humour was apparent with a paddling pool labelled beware of crocodiles and a paper mache diver ready to make the leap.

Low cost high impact gardens at Hampton Court

We were very impressed with some of the low cost high impact gardens. They demonstrate that a fixed budget is nor barrier to a stylish outdoor space.. Four garden designers showed just how much you could do on a limited budget by creating gardens that combined practicality with inspiration.  Nilufer Danisof Landform Consultants, with £7,000 to spend, created a garden in a new home for a young professional couple who would have little spare cash. We still feel this may be a little high for the average first home buyer but at least it gets you thinking what a couple could try if they got out there and started digging.

The Rose Marquee at Hampton Court

At the rose garden there were 12 floristry exhibitors. The exhibitors made use of paintings and sculptures to provide a romantic feel. We were particularly impressed with the wedding dress of roses by Chichester College, Brinsbury Campus and the Romeo and Juliet scene produced by Wood College, Guilford Surrey, awarded gold for their efforts. Another great highlight was McKinlay Gibson's display, The Romance of the Masked Ball, that used an array of foliage and roses to create giant masks pf colour.

Photo's from the show

Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:23


An innovative garden-sharing project in Wandsworth has helped to improve the health and well-being of older people, and could potentially save the taxpayer thousands of pounds, according to a report from Age UK Wandsworth and NHS Wandsworth, published today (Tuesday 17 July).

The Garden Partners scheme, which was the first of its kind in the UK when it began in 2009, links older garden owners with volunteers for gardening and growing fruit and vegetables

together. The scheme has helped more than 60 garden owners to continue to be independent, helping them to remain in – and enjoy – their own homes for longer.

An independent evaluation found that many garden owners who took part in the scheme in 2011 said that their health had improved or remained stable as a result. One-third reported improved mobility and activity levels, while more than half said that anxiety had been reduced.

The greatest boost to the well-being of both garden owners and volunteers was the lasting friendship that had in many cases resulted from sharing the garden.

The scheme is backed by horticulturalist and broadcaster Christine Walkden, who said: “Garden Partners cultivates not only soil but people, friendships and lifelong relationships. The bringing together of people who need space to grow-their-own with older people who have land to spare is a fantastic idea, in the long term benefiting mind, body and soul.”

The project could also help to save on high-cost health and social services for older people. Using standard health and social care costings, researchers estimated that as much as £30,000 per person each year could be saved through fewer GP visits, hospital admissions avoided and reduced need for home care.

Taking just those older people in the survey who reported improvements to their health, researchers calculated a potential saving in one year to the NHS of £113,748. If the estimate was widened to include older people whose health got no worse, this gave a potential annual saving of £500,223.It is not only the garden owners who find the scheme rewarding. The volunteers, who commit a minimum of two hours a week to the scheme, also noted benefits such as the pleasure of assisting somebody else, and the way that gardening helped to relieve the stress and tension of their daily working lives.

Power of community gardening shown to 650,000 flower show visitors PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 20:07

Pic: Designer Chris Beardshaw - "an ambitious and exciting project"

Power of community gardening shown to 650,000 flower show visitors

The power of community gardening has been shown to more than 650,000 RHS flower show visitors this summer through a series of challenging Urban Oasis gardens designed by Chelsea Gold Medal winner Chris Beardshaw.

The last garden in the series, unveiled this week at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, marks the conclusion of an ambitious partnership between environmental charity Groundwork and the Royal Horticultural Society to raise awareness of the difference community gardeners are making across the UK. The exhibit, sponsored by Marks & Spencer, will be on show at Tatton Park from July 18-22.

Beardshaw’s Urban Oasis gardens mark the first time a landscape designer has produced an exhibit for every RHS show in a season and showcase some of the most challenging urban environments where gardening, community work and good quality landscape design have brought people together and yielded powerful social benefits.

The Tatton Park Urban Oasis looks at ways of improving the space between streets of terraced housing. Back alleys, often used simply as a place for bins or hanging out washing, can – when gated at each end – have massive potential as community gardens. Previously dull spaces soon become havens where children can play safely and gardening clubs can flourish.

Elements from this garden will be reused at projects across the north-west of England, including the Atherton Road community garden in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Currently an underused and neglected green space, the site will be transformed into an area with sensory planting and vegetation to encourage wildlife. Raised beds will also allow users to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

All the Urban Oasis gardens came together to form the 1,600m2 centerpiece exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and were inspired by Groundwork and RHS community projects that Chris Beardshaw visited earlier this year.

The Urban Oasis message is to challenge people to think about how they can get involved in either preserving their cherished green space or creating their own Urban Oasis.

Chris Beardshaw said: “It has been an ambitious and exciting project and I am really pleased to have been responsible for designing and creating the schemes to reflect the work of these two valuable charities.

Has the RHS found the future Alan Titchmarsh? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 July 2012 13:15



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Has the RHS found the future Alan Titchmarsh?


Eleven-year-old Lucas Hatch, from Woodbridge in Suffolk, has been named the first RHS Young School Gardener of the Year for impressing judges with his flair, enthusiasm and knowledge of gardening.

Broadcaster and The Sun's gardening editor, Peter Seabrook and RHS Curator Elizabeth Balmforth were among the judges who were wowed by Lucas's application when assessing the final selection.

Following a preliminary round involving schoolteachers nominating pupils, sixteen finalists were chosen. Each of the finalists' schools was given a digital camcorder to make films of the finalists, who were asked to answer eight questions. The judges then reviewed the sixteen videos.

Hyde Hall Flower Show 3–5 August 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 19:54


Press Release

12 July 2012

Hyde Hall Flower Show

3-5 August 2012


Plans are well under way for the 2012 Flower Show at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, near Chelmsford, Essex.

A firm favourite with visitors, this showcase event attracts thousands of garden lovers from near and far. With many more than 30 specialist nurseries, there will be a great selection of plants, from ferns and hostas to gladioli and fuchsias to name but a few.

Nurseries will also be exhibiting floral displays to give people inspiration and advice on how to create colourful planting schemes for their own gardens. Combined with a selection of trade stands selling garden sundries and decorative ornaments, the flower show is a one-stop shop for all your gardening needs.

Visitors attending on the first day of the show have the added benefit of a Gardeners' Question Time session with BBC Essex Radio presenter Ken Crowther. Ken will be joined by Tom Cole from Writtle College and freelance gardening expert Geoff Hodge.


There are also Flower Show Breakfast packages which include premium parking, a full English breakfast and early access to the show. Full details are on RHS Online: www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall

And if the pace is all too much, there's a 360-acre estate and gardens where visitors can relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity away from the hubbub of the show site. With its eclectic mix of horticultural styles from traditional English rose gardens to the Mediterranean Dry Garden, it offers a great day out for the whole family.


For more information contact Sue Carter, 01245 402006, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Notes to the Editor:

  1. The Hyde Hall Flower Show runs from Friday 3 August to Sunday 5 August inclusive, between 10am and 5pm.

  2. Garden entry is free for RHS members. Adult admission for non-members is just £7.00 (£7.70 including Gift Aid).

  3. Children aged 5 - 16 years go free for whole of August.

  4. The No.3 bus from Southend to Writtle now stops at the garden and all visitors that can produce a valid ticket for their journey will receive a 25% discount on normal admission prices. For further information on bus timetables go to: www.essex.gov.uk/publictransport

RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8ET

Simply follow the tourism signs from the A130 southbound and head towards South Woodham Ferrers on the A132.


About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 to Champion Community Gardening PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:18


For the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Groundwork have united for the world’s largest annual flower show, to raise awareness of the extraordinary difference community gardeners are making to Britain today. Landscape designer and broadcaster, Chris Beardshaw, has designed the

biggest feature for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 (3-8 July), to champion the impact of this work.

The Urban Oasis garden, sponsored by M&S, was inspired by Groundwork and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) projects that Chris Beardshaw visited across the country. It is a vast 1,600m² representation of the wonderful ways that neglected public spaces can be transformed into beautiful and productive community havens. With mature trees loaned by Majestic Trees, garden features include Derelict Space, Gated Alleyway, Community Allotment, Community Garden and Community Orchard.


Community gardening is very much of the moment and, through the Urban Oasis garden, both the RHS and Groundwork are keen to draw attention to it in the hope of inspiring even more people to sign up to projects. Despite council cuts and extreme weather changes, there has been a 10% increase in the number of IYN and Britain in Bloom groups signed up this year.

Yorkshire wins Gold at Chelsea PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:49

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Brontës Strike Gold at Chelsea

Yorkshire’s Brontë Garden has won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden from Welcome to Yorkshire celebrates the famous authors and the Yorkshire landscape which they found so inspiring.

Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The garden has had a non-stop stream of admirers since The Chelsea Flower Show opened but this was the ultimate goal, taking gold back to Yorkshire. This is the third time we’ve entered and we’re delighted to be going home with a gold medal for the first time. We hope to convert thousands of well-wishers into tourists over the course of the week.”

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012 Unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2012 17:38

The Royal Horticultural Society's Flower Show Tatton Park will open this July, once again set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheshire's stunning thousand acre deer park. Renowned for its pioneering and innovative gardens and ideas, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is the highlight of the North of England's gardening calendar. The 2012 Show will feature Visionary Gardens, Show Gardens, the RHS National Flowerbed Competition, Orchestra Gardens, the announcement of the National Young Designer of the Year, the Floral Design Studio, the Great Taste Food Market and much more.

Especially exciting will be the announcement of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year in association with the Society of Garden Designers on Wednesday 18 July. The three finalists for this year's competition will be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and each will be granted £12,000 to make their designs a reality at the Show in July - Judges will face a tough decision choosing from these talented under-28s.

This year's Visionary Gardens will bring together art and horticulture to challenge traditional ideas and boundaries of conventional garden design and engage art and sculpture in horticulture. Also on display during this year of the London 2012 Olympics will be entries for the RHS National Flower Bed Competition, celebrating the Olympics. A range of flowerbeds by local authorities and community groups from around the country will showcase the theme ‘Celebration of Sport', with each bed depicting a different sport.

Those more interested in music will be intrigued to see Orchestra Gardens, a new themed garden competition in which designers have been given the brief to create a garden that reflects part of an Orchestra. There will be five gardens each representing one musical discipline for example brass, strings and percussion.

Visitors in search of culinary inspiration should head for the Great Taste Food Market which will showcase delicious regional produce from across the UK. In addition to this Fortnum & Mason Michelin-starred Chef Shaun Hill will select the finest ingredients available at the market and incorporate them into his menu on offer in the Tatton Club and Parlour at the Taste of Fortnum's.

Garden designers of the future will also display their expertise with this year's School Front to Front Gardens. 28 local schools will create gardens based around a theme of favourite children's television programmes, Local primary schools will also be encouraged to enter the ‘Jubilant Diamond Jubilee' North West Container Competition. Containers will be on display for the duration of the Show with visitors voting for their favourite across the five days.

The popular Ladies' Day taking place on Thursday 19 July, features fashion, floristry demonstrations, cocktails and talks, promising to be a great day out.

From music to fashion and flower beds to food markets; this year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will be the most exciting yet. Guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in the North West this July and a wonderful day out for all the family.

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