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The return of the UK’s Biggest Garden Festival

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will be back to transform the grounds of Hampton Court Palace from 5 – 11 July.

Following the resurgence in gardening across the nation in 2020, the UK’s biggest festival of flowers will focus on gardening for everyone and celebrate all things ‘grow your own’ as the nation welcomes back outdoor events.

The festival takes inspiration from the effects of the last year. After a huge increase in people growing their own produce, the RHS introduces an Allotment area providing tips, advice, and information on all things ‘grow your own’. Practical demonstrations, talks and get growing inspiration from allotment plots built by community groups and grow your own experts will be on going through-out the week.

Well-known faces including award-winning designer Tom Stuart-Smith, no-dig champions Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty and former RHS Young Designer Will Williams will be amongst those designing inspirational gardens whilst Mary Berry, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Chris Packham will be taking to the stage to provide their expert tips, advice and insights.

In the Show Gardens category, designer Will Williams returns with a garden inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle – The Viking Friluftsliv Garden – which incorporates the clean, elegant design principles the award-winning river and ocean cruise line is known for.

Amelia Bouquet will design her first garden in the Lifestyle category, The Communication Garden in support of Mental Health UK, creating a tranquil space to meet, talk and listen as it underlines the importance of face-to-face communication.

The pandemic has resulted in an increase in gardening primarily due to the positive impact it is proved to have on mental health. Promoting exercise, encouraging healthy eating, and reducing time on technology, gardening has been one of the most popular lockdown activities.

Rebecca Welti, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Manager, says: “We are thrilled to be able to bring the festival back to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. It is the garden festival for everyone; it provides so much inspiration for avid and new gardeners alike with lots of exciting displays and plenty to get involved in, all within the beautiful setting of the palace.

“It will be the first opportunity for us all to come together again to enjoy and celebrate everything we love about gardening and growing which we have missed over the last year but has become more important than ever for so many. Our team and exhibitors have been working really hard to pull out all the stops and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back safely this summer.”

For further information on the gardens and exhibitors or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt.

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