Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013: new look, butterflies and Surrey gardens

PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:29 12 July 2013

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013


Thousands of colourful butterflies will join the inspiring gardens and celebrity visitors at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which runs from Tuesday July 9 to Sunday July 14, and there’ll be a new look for this year too

Make sure to pick up July’s Surrey Life magazine from www.buyamag.co.uk/Surrey for our interview with Hampton Court Palace Flower Show manager, Mandy Almond...


What: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU

When: Tuesday July 9 to Saturday July 13, 10am to 7.30pm, and Sunday July 14, 10am to 5.30pm (grab a bargain at the sell-off, which starts at 4.30pm)

Tickets: £19 to £33.50 (under 16s free).

How: rhs.org.uk/hampton or 0207 649 1885


The Surrey selection

Be sure to visit the gardens below, all created by local designers...

A Moveable Feast

An edible garden designed by Kate Turner and inspired by the lives of Army wives, the beauty of this garden is that it’s able to be transported wherever they get relocated using inexpensive, colourful containers at little cost. It is also a representation of the Flourish Community Garden’s grow your own course at Frimley Lodge Park, which combines a passion for growing edibles and encouraging community support. Kate has previously worked at Charterhouse School in Godalming as acting head gardener and currently runs the Flourish Community Garden.

Layers and Links

This secluded, sociable space sets out to celebrate and mirror the diverse, and dynamic make-up of modern Britain. Interlinked over different levels, its surfaces and sculptures reflect different cultures, and its planting draws on horticultural influences from all over the world. Designed by Haslemere’s Raine Clarke-Wills, his company Raine Garden Design has been awarded four medals at past Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows including silver-gilt medals in both 2011 and 2012.

The QEF Garden for Joy

The QEF logo inspires the uplifting theme of this garden, which is said to typify the bubbly atmosphere at QEF’s residential home for disabled young people in Leatherhead. Designed by Heather Appleton in association with accessiblegardens.org.uk, the easily navigated circular pathway within the garden is taken from the Q of the logo, limiting the need for three-point turns, which are normally a daily hazard for wheelchairs users. The garden will be relocated to the QEF Independent Living Centre at Dorincourt.

The Clints and Grykes Garden

Chertsey’s Benedict Green makes his debut at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with a garden that encourages the use of an alternative to water-worn limestone in garden settings. Just as limestone pavements were removed from the ground in the quarrying process, this garden is a conceptual abstraction where the shapes are formed using concrete from more sustainable limestone aggregate. Ben teaches at Merrist Wood College near Guildford.

Spirits of the Land

Japanese designer Mariko Naka has been inspired by her culture in the design of her garden Spirits of the Land. Mariko believes that Shinto spirits exist in natural environments and should be respected, not thoughtlessly destroyed. This will be Mariko Naka’s first RHS show garden having just begun her garden design career after a course at Guildford’s Merrist Wood College in 2011.

Desolation to Regeneration

Catherine Macdonald’s garden explores the two phases of forest fire, desolation and regeneration, through the abstract use of plant colours, forms and structural sculptures. The concept for the garden was inspired by the forthcoming film The Desolation of Smaug, the second part of The Hobbit. Catherine joined Chobham-based Landform’s design team in May 2010 to help plant the gold medal winning Children’s Society Garden at Chelsea, designed by Mark Gregory. She now coordinates all new design schemes for the company and helps manage the construction and show garden projects.

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