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Candide Cuttings: Gardening Scotland, Hampton Court Palace and HTA at Chelsea

Published on 5th April 2019

Gardening Scotland

Gardening Scotland is searching for Scotland’s gardener of the year.

Gardener of the Year and Young Gardener of the Year titles are open for competition to anyone in the country.

Professionals, allotmenteers and houseplant growers can apply equally. To qualify for the Young Gardener title, nominees should be under 21 years old.

To nominate someone, send an email to [email protected] with a brief description of their gardening activities and why you think they should win, along with your contact details.

Winners will receive £200 worth of gardening vouchers from Caulders Garden Centres.

Previous winners include Sallie Sillars, head gardener at Horatio’s Garden in Glasgow and Louis Wall from Newton Stewart, founder of the South West Scotland Rail Adopters Gardening Group. Last year the Young Gardener of the Year title went William Pollock, who began gardening as a volunteer while still a teenager at a garden project in Dunlop.

RHS Hampton Court Palace

The highlights of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Festival has been announced.

The overarching theme of the festival will be the beneficial effects of gardening and plants. Many gardens will hope to inspire visitors to slow down and appreciate nature around them.

The RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area where visitors can meditate and focus on their mind and body. The garden was designed by young horticulturist Ula Maria. Workshops on medicinal herbs and meditation will also take place on the site.

Looking at the plans for Calm Amidst the Chaos by Joe Francis, the garden will offer peace of serenity amongst the usual greyness of an urban environment.

Cancer Research UK has teamed up with Tom Simpson to create a garden which encourages pause and reflection and celebrates those who have pledged legacy gifts in their wills to the charity.

The RHS Hampton Palace Festival will run from the 1st to the 7th of July. Tickets can be bought on the RHS website.

HTA at Chelsea

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) will be returning to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

Their garden titled ‘Helping Children Grow’ promotes National Children’s Gardening Week which takes place between the 25th of May and the 2nd of June 2019.

It will focus on easy projects which could be used to engage children in gardening. These include activities such as edible planters, a pizza wheel, runner bean tipis and a wildlife hotel.

Involving children in gardening tasks can benefit their mental and physical health. HTA is keen to encourage parents, teachers and anyone working with children to incorporate nature in their daily life.

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