The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 - 7 July. With an abundance of beautiful gardens and plants on display, the festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants alongside plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love.
Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria. Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body, mind and soul. Medicinal planting will reflect its transitions while herbal, aromatherapy and meditation workshops will complement the garden’s therapeutic qualities.
This year’s Show Gardens also promote the positive impact of plants. Teaming up with first time designer Aleksandra Bartczak, Crest Nicholson will create a small public park dedicated to physical and mental wellbeing. The garden will be divided into a community space and a contemplation area to encourage reflection and allow neighbours of all ages to come together.
Calm Amidst the Chaos by Joe Francis will create a natural place of tranquillity all set within man-made chaos. It represents the importance of creating a calm space and inner sense of peace to manage our hectic day-to-day lives. Lawrence Roberts’ immersive Through Your Eyes also explores the path of life and obstacles we must overcome as it draws visitors out from the crowds to enjoy a moment alone to contemplate.
Set as a tribute to those who have pledged legacy gifts in their wills to the charity, Cancer Research UK will team up with Tom Simpson to create an area for pause and reflection. The Cluniac Garden by Tony Wagstaff in collaboration with Southend Youth Offending Service will support all members of the community in Southend while promoting the health giving properties of horticulture.
Headline sponsor Viking will return with last year’s RHS Young Designer of the Year, Will Williams to create The Viking Cruises Lagom Garden. Providing a space to appreciate nature and its beauty, the design will lend itself perfectly for relaxing with friends and family. Entertaining is also captured with Pickering’s Gin and Hampden & Co’s The Botanical Engineers. Designed by newcomer Nic Houldsworth, the sensory garden features a floating bottle centrepiece as it depicts Pickering’s Gin’s journey from India.
Other gardens will embrace sustainability. Designer Tony Woods and Thames Water will highlight the need to take care of our water resource. The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden will demonstrate how gardeners can encourage biodiversity, reduce water use and prevent flooding. Last year’s Best in Show designer Matthew Childs will also highlight the environmental benefits of getting a Smart Meter with Smart Energy GB.
A new Global Impact Gardens category will address challenges we face in today’s world through plants and design, whether they are social, economic or environmental issues, with this year welcoming three first time designers. The Forest Will See You Now by Michelle Brandon will highlight the benefits of trees, recreating a forest contained in an oversized packet of pills as it champions nature as a medicine in the 21st century.
Also demonstrating how nature is imperative to happiness in a digital age, Seonaid Royall’s Believe in Tomorrow will reconnect children with nature while Nick Fermor’s garden will look at ways to incorporate sustainable food production in our gardens with zero food miles and waste.
Following their debut last year, the Lifestyle Gardens return offering plenty of ideas to suit different ways of life. Dave Green’s Stop and Pause Garden will offer a meditation-inspired space providing a still and tranquil woodland setting to practise the activity.
Caitlin McLaughlin and sponsor Warner’s will join forces to encourage all pollinators to thrive with The Urban Pollinator Garden. Meanwhile, Pollyanna Wilkinson returns for her second year at the festival with a creative sanctuary that lends itself for a range of botanical crafts demonstrating how plants are not only beautiful but can be useful in so many ways, whether they’re for eating, dying fabrics or producing medicinal oils.
More exciting content is still to be announced including details of the RHS Garden designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Davies White.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will run from 1 – 7 July. The exclusive Preview Evening* held on Monday 1 July is the perfect opportunity for those wanting to be one of the first to experience this year’s gardens. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt