Fifty eight gold medals awarded at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Some 58 Gold Medals were awarded to exhibitors at the 25th anniversary of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Bethany Williams and Stuart Charles Towner at Hadlow's garden
Bethany Williams and Stuart Charles Towner at Hadlow's garden

Hadlow College Green Seam won Best Show Garden. Designed by Stuart Charles Towner and Bethany Williams, the garden depicts the regeneration and revitalisation of Betteshanger, a part of East Kent that has suffered a series of major economic and social setbacks.

The RHS judging panel were particularly impressed with the striking bold, good quality planting, describing the garden as ambitious and dramatic. 

Equilibrium, designed by John Humphreys and Andy Hyde was awarded Best Conceptual Garden. The garden highlights the relationship between the sun and moon and the effects of those elements on the seasons and tides. The judges liked the use of simple techniques to ‘create a stunning garden with powerful message.’

Designer Juliet Hutt, QEF: a Different Point of View won Best Summer Garden. The garden is inspired by people with acquired brain injuries who have been helped by the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People. Judges liked the innovative, stylish approach to the design creating an effective, enchanting and thought provoking garden full of detail. 

Botanica World Discoveries: Winnie the Pooh Begins His Journey was awarded Best Historic Garden. Judges were impressed by details such as a trickling stream.

The Historic Gardens are a new addition to the show this year in celebration of its 25 years.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture Tourism: Garden of Paradise designed by Nilufer Danis stood out for the judges among the World Gardens category for its lavish, evocative design and the rich tapestry of flora that blooms in Turkey.

Some 43 growers and nurseries from the Floral Marquee were awarded gold medals at the Show. Vacherot & Lecoufle was awarded Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee for an Orchid display.  Best exhibit in the Plant Heritage Marquee went to Hogarth Hostas. 

David Austin Roses were awarded Best Rose Exhibit with a Formal English rose garden and this year’s RHS Hampton Court Floristry College of the Year went to the City of Bath College.

Millais Nurseries won a gold medal for its exhibit of late flowering varieties of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. 

Owner David Millais said: "We are delighted to have received a gold medal from the RHS after all the hard work that has gone into growing and selecting only the very best plants for our display. We are especially proud of our new 'Midsummer' azaleas that are being greatly admired by everyone."

The Millais display is designed to demonstrate how versatile Rhododendrons can be with colourful flowers, foliage, fragrance and varieties that are suitable for small and larger gardens.

Rhododendrons are definitely back on trend, says Millais, who is expecting to be included in the BBC coverage of the Hampton Court Palace Show on Wednesday evening.

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