Archive | July 2012

Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 – Gardens of Healing and Hope


The Frustrated Gardener

It’s hard not to compare the relatively modest gardens created for Hampton Court with the blockbuster, famous name efforts at Chelsea. However, there’s no doubt that Hampton Court welcomes more adventurous ideas within categories such as Conceptual Gardens and Low Cost, High Impact Gardens. This year there was a real thread of resiliance and reconciliation running through many of the designs.  These gardens were perhaps a reflection on the hard economic times and a public show of determination not to give in to some of less pleasant influences on modern society.  The Celebration and Jubilation garden (above) simply celebrated the Diamond Jubilee, a theme which was thankfully not overexploited at the show.

I especially enjoyed some of the more unusual creations this year. A Riot of Colour, designed by Will Sandy, really stood out from the crowd.  A London taxi, vandalised telephone box and graffitied wall are all shown being reclaimed by nature…

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 – Top Picks


The Frustrated Gardener

So, it finally stopped raining and I was able to spend a few enjoyable hours in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, soaking up the sights, the smells and the mud underfoot.  Hampton Court flower show is our second biggest show after Chelsea, but Chelsea it is not.  Although it’s a more spacious event, the gardens are generally on a smaller budget, with fewer big name designers.  The show is also much more commercial – which I think is a blessing and a curse.  It’s certainly great to have the opportunity to buy a few choice specimens.  The range of rare and unusual plants on sale is almost overwhelming,  but the growers and nurserymen are always so helpful, knowledgeable and happy to see their well tended plants go to new homes.  At the same time it’s irritating (and sometimes painful) being cut up constantly by dithering old dears with wheelie…

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