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A first look at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

by | 28 Mar 24 | Garden Design, News

Anniversaries, international inspiration and gardening for wildlife all take centre stage at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July. 

Gardening for People and Planet designed by father and son duo, Jon and James Wheatley, celebrates the 60 years of RHS Britain in Bloom.

Inspired by The Friendship Garden, which will commemorate the anniversary at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, the garden at RHS Hampton will feature native and British grown plants, alongside beehives in a bid to improve biodiversity.

Juliet Sargeant is paying homage to Disney’s The Lion King in the West End, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, for her African savannah themed garden.

The Lion King Anniversary Garden will feature dusty red soil planted with swathes of resilient grasses and vibrant, drought tolerant flowers. 

Also drawing inspiration from hotter climates, The Climate-Forward Garden by Melanie Hick, which features in the Get Started Garden category, reimagines a UK front garden into an aesthetically stylish, yet climate conscious green space complete with Australian gum and crepe myrtle trees. 

Then turning to the Mediterranean, designer Katerina Kantalis draws on the gardening traditions of Greece with drought tolerant plants sewn in terracotta pots, with her Mediterraneo Garden. 

Whilst Nilufer Danis’ The Way of Saint James seeks to capture the mystical essence of Galicia’s forests as well as support biodiversity through creating habitats for insects and wildlife.

Oliver Bond takes inspiration from closer to home for Bond Landscape Design: Match Point, a garden which features a tennis court, framed with green, purple and white planting to support biodiversity.

Tim Jennings and Giada Francois are also looking to promote biodiversity in their designs. Jennings’ A Four Season Sanctuary features a pond to demonstrate the value they provide to wildlife and Francois’ The Garden of Renewal is packed with naturalistic planting.

“There is such a variety of ideas at this year’s festival,” says Natalie Gearing, manager of RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. 

She goes on to say that “there will be inspiration to suit all styles, abilities, and garden size.”

Visitors at the show can also explore the Floral Marquee and the Festival of Roses, as well as the mass planting installation of the Asteraceae family and Freddie Strickland’s RHS Adventure Within Garden, a Feature Garden designed to reconnect visitors with a sense of childhood playfulness.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival runs from 2-7 July 2024, information and tickets can be found at rhs.org.uk/Hampton 

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