Landscape architects Adam White and Andrée Davies, with contractor Gerald Davies won gold and the Hampton Court Flower Show best show and world garden title, for their Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden, a naturally styled, tranquil woodland garden that was built with disabilities in mind. Following the show, the garden will be reimagined at Caudwell International Children’s Centre at Keele University. TouchWood supplied ther play features.
BALI chief executive Wayne Grills joined the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group’s (APPGHG) planned tour of the show, providing a detailed presentation on the RHS’ and BALI GoLandscape’s Watch this Space Feature Garden alongside co-chairman Baroness Fookes and Defra minister and George Eustice.
The Watch this Space Feature Garden, designed by Andy Sturgeon and built by David Dodd of The Outdoor Room, along with 25 students and apprentices from across the UK in support of BALI’s GoLandscape careers initiative, used recycled and reusable RHS Chelsea and RHS Chatsworth materials to create 4-5 interconnecting gardens.
A gold medal was awarded to Landform Consultants for their It’s All About the Community Garden, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer for Blind Veteran's UK, which also scooped the best construction award.
Landform Consultants were also awarded a silver-gilt medal for two further gardens in the RHS’ Gardens for a Changing Climate category, for the Urban Rain Garden and for the Perennial Sanctuary Garden by Tom Massey.
The Urban Rain Garden from Squire’s Garden Centres, London Stone and Landform Consultants joined forces to present the contemporary garden in the new RHS category ‘Gardens for a Changing World’, which reflects the more sustainable direction that gardening is taking worldwide. The garden is designed by Rhiannon Williams and showcases clever rainwater management techniques, so that all rainwater and run-off from the house is redirected, stored and used within the garden.
This year APL members are responsible for more than 60% of the gardens being built at the show, including the Blind Veterans UK: It’s all about Community Garden, Brownfield – Metamorphosis garden built by Keyscape Design and Construction and designed by Martyn Wilson and silver gilt winners Turismo de Galicia: The Pazo’s Secret Garden built by Bowood Landscapes and designed by Rose McMonigall and On the Edge: The Centre for Mental Health Garden, built by Benton Landscapes and designed by Frederic Whyte, as well as Not for Sale built by Hythe Garden Landscapes and designed by Mark Whyte and Sharmayne Ferguson.
Gold and best rose exhibit went to David Austin Roses. Among other gold medal winning nurseries were Burncoose, Cooks Garden Centre, Desert to Jungle and Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants.
Fryers Roses/Blue Diamond Group won silver gilt.
The best exhibit in the Floral Marquee went to orchid specialists Vacherot & Lacoufle, while Marshalls Malmaisons was awarded best Plant Heritage exhibit for their heritage carnations display. Hooksgreen Herbs won best Cook & Grow exhibit and the New Design Award was presented to Fernatix.