RHS and BALI announce joint garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Thursday 21 December 2017

Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) announce they will team up at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 (2 – 8 July) to jointly fund a feature show garden to promote and celebrate the skills of Landscape Contractors.

The joint initiative replaces and will build on what has been achieved through the Young Landscape Contractor Competition, held for the last two years at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, that involved trainee Landscapers and Planting Designers working together on a show feature.

RHS Director General Sue Biggs, said: “The RHS cares very much about promoting and recognising the skills of Landscapers, which is why we introduced the Young Landscaper Competition at Tatton two years ago, as part of our Horticulture Matters campaign. However, the competition struggled to attract applicants because it seems young landscapers have been unable to be released from work or their own in-house training programmes.
“For some time now we have been discussing with BALI other ways that we can support and promote Young Landscapers at our RHS Shows so I am very excited to announce our new plan for a feature garden at RHS Hampton next year and look forward to sharing more details in 2018.”
BALI’s Chief Executive, Wayne Grills, commented on the joint announcement: “I am delighted to confirm that BALI has reached an agreement to jointly fund a feature show garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next July with the RHS, to continue the efforts of what has been achieved over the last two years at Tatton.”
“BALI has an obligation to its members, and the industry, to continue to promote, support and inspire our younger generation of landscape contractors as well as garden designers, and this is a great way of achieving this through BALI’s GoLandscape initiative and alongside the RHS. I am pleased to see that we will continue to fly the flag for promoting the benefits of working in our industry. This announcement will now grant access for young talent to design and build a show garden that is supported by the GoLandscape brand, our Ambassadors, the RHS and the wider industry. BALI and the RHS will provide further announcements detailing how designer and landscaping students/apprentices can get involved with the project in the New Year.”
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will run from 2 – 8 July. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt


Notes to editors

For further information please contact the Press Office at pressoffice@rhs.org.uk.

Please contact showspr@rhs.org.uk for access to images of the 2017 RHS Flower Shows.

About RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2 – 8 July 2018)
(2 July Preview Evening, 5 – 10.30pm)
3 – 4 July RHS members only
5 – 8July RHS members and non-members
4 – 8 July 10am – 7.30pm
8 July 10am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4.30pm)

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molsey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tickets: 0844 995 9664 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras) or rhshamptoncourtpalace.seetickets.com

RHS Show information: www.rhs.org.uk/shows

Ticket prices range from £19.50 to £37.

Each full-paying adult may bring two children aged 16 and under free of charge to the show.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call 020 3176 5820 or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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About British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
Founded in 1972, The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is the UK’s leading trade association for landscaping professionals; promoting, supporting and inspiring over 900 fully Registered organisations and individuals, including contractors, designers and affiliate members. Working across over 50+ disciplines, including hard and soft landscaping and design and grounds maintenance, BALI members are vetted against the highest standards of excellence. BALI members have been transforming domestic and commercial landscapes for over 45 years, deploying the very best skills and the latest products and materials to deliver projects that not only renovate spaces but also inspire future generations to enjoy the rich and diverse landscapes around them.

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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