Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

I must admit to being a little nervous about the last Sunday’s visit to the Hampton Court Palace flower show. The recent ongoing bad weather loomed over us as we drove from Poole to London.

After an hour, the steely grey clouds split apart to reveal a beautiful blue sky
dotted with fluffy white cumulous clouds.

Favourite show gardens of mine are as follows:

Best conceptual garden…

Light at the end of the tunnel by Matthew Childs design.




A beautifully planted garden about hope and recovery, detailing Matthew’s experiences after being injured in 7 July 2005 bombing at Edgeware Road station in London.

The garden takes you Wanna journey starting through a narrow opening in unimposing wall leading into a confined, shaded tunnel. You can clearly see a path ahead and as you move forward, there is a transition. The tunnel structure breaks up, allowing more light and space, planting is fuller and the materials take on an uplifting tone.


Author: Mike the Gardener

Freelance gardening writer, consultant and designer. Mike Palmer is a passionate and professional plantsman, offering services in garden writing, consultancy and garden design. Mike is also available for garden and plant related talks and presentations. Mike has been a professional horticulturalist for over fifteen years.

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