Gardening for everyone will be a key theme at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020. The festival is supported by Viking this summer, 6 – 12 July, and celebrates its 30th anniversary.
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. The feature celebrates the influential designer behind the masterplan of RHS Garden Bridgewater which opens on 30 July.
Many Show Gardens will demonstrate how we can use gardens as places to connect with others. Returning once again with Cancer Research UK, Tom Simpson will create a peaceful space for visitors to sit together. 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.
The Northern Roots Oldham Garden designed by Peter Donegan showcases the pioneering Northern Roots project, exploring how we can utilise vital urban green spaces to provide economic and social benefits to local communities.
Will Williams returns with Viking, the award-winning river and ocean cruise line which is supporting the festival for the fifth year. 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. Award-winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes will also create a contemporary setting for entertaining and relaxing with friends, drawing inspiration from the renowned architecture of Sir Christopher Wren with the Brewin Dolphin Garden – Inspired By Wren.
The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) return with A Place to Meet Again, created in collaboration with its members and apprentices. Meanwhile, Amelia Bouquet designs a garden to meet friends, both old and new; The Communication Garden will feature fractured pathways symbolising changes in communication and conversation alongside a seating hub to listen, talk and share ideas.
In celebration of British grown flowers, gardener and florist Arthur Parkinson makes his festival debut with the RHS Cut Flower Garden. Designed with Sarah Raven, the space will demonstrate a variety of floral combinations for plots of all sizes and hopes to inspire visitors to grow their own floral arrangements.
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