The Royal Horticultural Society has revealed friendship and social connection to be the theme for this years Hampton Court Flower Festival.
The festival will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, celebrating garden spaces that allow people to connect not only with nature but with each other and communities.
Message In A Bottle Garden
The acclaimed landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith is this year’s Iconic Horticultural Hero and will showcase a drought-tolerant garden. Community lies at the heart of this display as Tom will work with a team of apprentices at Sunnyside Rural Trust, a charity offering training and work experience to vulnerable people, who will help grow the herbaceous plants for the garden.
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The feature celebrates the influential designer behind the masterplan of RHS Garden Bridgewater which opens on 30 July.
Other show gardens will demonstrate ways to connect with people in these spaces.
- Tom Simpson has designed a garden for Cancer Research UK. The figure of eight layout will see the two halves connected by a serpentine water rill and will highlight the importance of pledges and how they support the research breakthroughs to help beat cancer sooner.
Cancer Research UK Garden
- The Northern Roots Oldham Garden, designed by Peter Donegan, will showcase the pioneering Northern Roots project, an urban green project in Oldham, Manchester.
Northern Roots Garden
- Designed by former RHS Young Designer of the Year, Will Williams, The Viking Friluftsliv Garden is a Scandinavian-inspired social space promoting a relaxing outdoor lifestyle complete with a kitchen, plunge pool, seating area and fire pit.
The Viking Friluftsliv Garden
Alongside the garden and throughout the festival, there will be demonstrations, workshops and talks focusing on different areas of horticulture, floristry, crafts and wellbeing to showcase the range of benefits plants, gardens and green spaces can offer.
Other highlights include the RHS Community Allotments, It’s A Wild World School Competition and a range of family activities to inspire and delight visitors of all ages.