Friday, July 27, 2012

Hampton Court Flower Show

Celebration and Jubilation garden.
The weather held on Saturday for the Hampton Court Flower Show, I walked with my sister this year through the Hampton Court entrance and gardens, which was a lovely way in. The old palace could be seen with the rose garden in front, the roses blooming in profusion.

The clipped yew trees set the formal view lining the walkway to the entrance of the palace nearest the Flower Show.

There were as usual some very lovely gardens, all the more remarkable given how bad this years weather has been. Following on from the last couple of years there seemed to be a trend of naturalistic gardening, informal planting, lots of grasses mixed with flowers and subtle colour schemes. The stronger summer colours of reds and oranges were noticeable when spotted. There were also a lot of gardens with more challenging themes or inspirations, like the Japanese Tsunami, dyslexia, crime and sexual violence.

Interestingly I found myself with a trolley full of purple flowering plants, I hadn't really noticed they were purple until my sister pointed it out. I was looking for butterfly and bee friendly and slug resistant as the key qualities in my choices!
The This is me garden caught my eye, with it's theme of dyslexia,
This is Me Garden

  • Designed by James Callicott
  • Built by Simon Flory (Flory Works) with Gordon Speakman
Link to RHS site info here

The Japanese Reconstruction Garden.

The Japanese gardens are always lovely, this year the Japanese Reconstruction Garden had the tsunami as it's theme. The turbulence of the tsunami itself and the help with reconstruction after.
  • Designed by Makiko Sato
  • Built by Masato Ito, Eiichi Aoki, Makoto Kikitsu, Ray Williamson

Link to more info here
The Japanese Reconstruction Garden.

The Las Mariposas, Hopes of a Nicaraguan Girl, garden had a bright pink building filled with tropical butterflies.
  • Designed by Robert Kennett
  • Built by Greenhaven Landscape.
  • Link to more info here
la Mariposas Hopes of a Nicaraguan Girl.     
 It was supporting Amnesty International's campaign of Butterflies for Hope, for the woman of Nicaragua, who suffer high levels of sexual violence.

In the Corner of the World Garden Tall tubes of bubbling water were planted in the garden giving a sense of playfulness. An old hollow oak tree in the back of the garden gave some character.

  • Designed by Nick Buss & Clare Olof
  • Built by Field Work Rest & Play
  • Link to more info here
  • Corner of the World Garden

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