Friday 29 March 2019
• This year’s Garden highlights announced
• Take time out on The RHS Sanctuary Garden
• RHS Young Designer of the Year to design Viking Cruises Garden
• New Global Impact Category
• Popular Lifestyle Gardens Return
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking will bring a celebration of flowers to the historic Hampton Court Palace from 1 - 7 July. With an abundance of beautiful gardens and plants on display, the festival will bring together thought-provoking designs to highlight the power of plants alongside plenty of inspiration for visitors to grow a garden they love.
Promoting the benefits of green spaces, the RHS Sanctuary will offer a hidden area based on ‘Hortus Concluses’, Latin for ‘enclosed garden’ designed by Ula Maria. Ideal for contemplation and meditation, the garden will take you on a journey of the body, mind and soul. Medicinal planting will reflect its transitions while herbal, aromatherapy and meditation workshops will complement the garden’s therapeutic qualities.
This year’s Show Gardens also promote the positive impact of plants. Teaming up with first time designer Aleksandra Bartczak, Crest Nicholson will create a small public park dedicated to physical and mental wellbeing. The garden will be divided into a community space and a contemplation area to encourage reflection and allow neighbours of all ages to come together.
Calm Amidst the Chaos by Joe Francis will create a natural place of tranquillity all set within man-made chaos. It represents the importance of creating a calm space and inner sense of peace to manage our hectic day-to-day lives. Lawrence Roberts’ immersive Through Your Eyes also explores the path of life and obstacles we must overcome as it draws visitors out from the crowds to enjoy a moment alone to contemplate.
Set as a tribute to those who have pledged legacy gifts in their wills to the charity, Cancer Research UK will team up with Tom Simpson to create an area for pause and reflection. The Therapeutic Garden by Tony Wagstaff in collaboration with Southend Youth Offending Service will support all members of the community in Southend while promoting the health giving properties of horticulture.
Headline sponsor Viking will return with last year’s RHS Young Designer of the Year, Will Williams to create The Viking Cruises Lagom Garden. Providing a space to appreciate nature and its beauty, the design will lend itself perfectly for relaxing with friends and family. Entertaining is also captured with Pickering’s Gin and Hampden & Co’s The Botanical Engineers. Designed by newcomer Nic Houldsworth, the sensory garden features a floating bottle centrepiece as it depicts Pickering’s Gin’s journey from India.
Other gardens will embrace sustainability. Designer Tony Woods and Thames Water will highlight the need to take care of our water resource. The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden will demonstrate how gardeners can encourage biodiversity, reduce water use and prevent flooding. Last year’s Best in Show designer Matthew Childs will also highlight the environmental benefits of getting a Smart Meter with Smart Energy GB.
A new Global Impact Gardens category will address challenges we face in today’s world through plants and design, whether they are social, economic or environmental issues, with this year welcoming two first time designers. The Forest Will See You Now by Michelle Brandon will highlight the benefits of trees, recreating a forest contained in an oversized packet of pills as it champions nature as a medicine in the 21st century.
Also demonstrating how nature is imperative to happiness in a digital age, Seonaid Royall’s Believe in Tomorrow will reconnect children with nature.
Following their debut last year, the Lifestyle Gardens return offering plenty of ideas to suit different ways of life. Dave Green’s Stop and Pause Garden will offer a meditation-inspired space providing a still and tranquil woodland setting to practise the activity.
Caitlin McLaughlin and sponsor Warner’s will join forces to encourage all pollinators to thrive with The Urban Pollinator Garden. Meanwhile, Pollyanna Wilkinson returns for her second year at the festival with a creative sanctuary that lends itself for a range of botanical crafts demonstrating how plants are not only beautiful but can be useful in so many ways, whether they’re for eating, dying fabrics or producing medicinal oils.
More exciting content is still to be announced including details of the RHS Garden designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Davies White.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will run from 1 – 7 July. The exclusive Preview Evening* held on Monday 1 July is the perfect opportunity for those wanting to be one of the first to experience this year’s gardens. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt
Notes to editors
Notes to Editors:
Event: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019
Venue: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU
Date: 1-7 July 2019
Monday 1 July, Preview Evening: 5pm – 10.30pm
Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6: 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday 7: 10am – 5.30pm
*RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Preview Evening, Monday 1 July 2019, 5 – 10.30pm
The Preview Evening is a chance to enjoy all that the Festival has to offer before it opens to the public. Visitors will get the first chance to explore the showground and enjoy a summer evening listening to live music with friends and a magnificent fireworks display to add to the festivities. Tickets start at just £60 for RHS members (£70 for non-members). Visit www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourtpreview for more information or call 0844 995 9664.
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society, the world’s leading gardening charity, was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This aspiration underpins all that we do, from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes such as Campaign for School Gardening and Britain in Bloom. We produce key publications, hold a world-class collection of horticultural books and botanical art, and sell the very best plants and gardening gifts.
The RHS is fundraising £40m to transform our gardens, outreach and education facilities, which includes redeveloping our flagship RHS Garden Wisley and opening a new garden, RHS Garden Bridgewater, in 2020. We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk.
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