Winning gardens announced at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

The WWT Working Wetlands Garden, designed and built by Jeni Cairns, has won Best Show, Water and World Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

The WWT Working Wetlands Garden. Image: RHS
The WWT Working Wetlands Garden. Image: RHS

Cairns' garden shows the many ways a garden can help solve local flooding rather than contribute to it, with a series of sustainable drainage water features and wildlife-friendly planting. Water filters through gravel beds, runs down channels into flower beds, through permeable paving and into a pond and soakaway hollows. A variety of marsh plants help keep the water clean.

Judges said the garden was "really easy to judge"; they liked the story behind the garden and appreciated how delicate many of the wildflowers were to transport and plant. They also approved of Cairns' skillful juxtaposition of one of the show's most "wild-feeling" gardens with the creative use of recycled industrial materials to recycle water.

The garden has been created with the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), and will be transported to its Washington Wetland Centre at the end of the show. It will become a permanent outdoor classroom as part of HSBC's Water Programme. It was built by Cairns' company Juniper House Garden Design along with volunteers.

The new Best Construction Award went to Bournemouth-based Wycliffe Landscapes for their work on Helen Elks-Smith's show garden Zoflora: Outstanding Natural Beauty. The garden's sculpted hills and dales, stream and strong stone elements reflect the natural landscape of Yorkshire.

Best Conceptual Garden went to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): 'Border Control' Garden, which features a wildflower meadow surrounded by a moat, surrounded by barbed wire and set in within an outer landscape of dead and dying plants. The design, by Tom Massey and John Ward, highlights the plight of refugees and the risks they take to find sanctuary. It was built by Landform Consultants.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer took home Best Summer Garden for their Bowel Disease UK Garden for Crohn's Disease, a lush garden filled with exotic greenery designed for a young person suffering from Crohn's. Contractors Smartscape Cardiff built the garden.

Steve Dimmock won the Best City Garden award, for the bright, sunny garden he designed and built, inspired by a famous gravel garden designed by Beth Chatto. It features a dried river bed framed by olive trees and is filled with pollinator-friendly planting.

A special category was created this year in celebration of the tercentenary of the birth of landscape designer Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Best Capability Brown Garden went to 'Reflecting the Landscape', a garden designed by Victoria Truman. Her design, built by Andrew Stringer, features serpentine landforms creating the illusion of a velley, planted with Brown's signature tree species and a terraced, turfed bench where visitors can sit and contemplate the landscape.


Show, Water and World Gardens:


Dogs Trust: A Dog's Life (Show Garden) - Paul Hervey-Brookes, built by GK Wilson Landscapes

Squire's 80th Anniversary Garden (Show Garden) - Catherine Macdonald, built by Landform Consultants

The Viking Cruises Scandinavian Garden (Water Garden) - Stephen Hall, built by JDC Gardens

The World Vision Garden (Show Garden) - John Warland, built by Garden Builders

The WWT Working Wetlands Garden supported by the HSBC Water Programme (Water Garden) - Designed and built by Jeni Cairns & Juniper House Garden Design

Zoflora: Outstanding Natural Beauty (Show Garden) - Designer Helen Elks-Smith, built by Wyclifee Landscapes


Crabtree & Evelyn: The Botanical Studio (Show Garden) - Jade Goto, built by Garden House Design

Galicia - The Route of the Camellia (World Garden) - Rose McMonigall, built by Bowood Landscapes

Great Gardens of the USA - The Oregon Garden (World Garden) - Sadie May Stowell, built by Sadie May Studios

Great Gardens of the USA - The Austin Garden (World Garden) - Sadie May Stowell, built by Sadie May Studios

All the World's a Stage (Show Garden) - Lunaria Landscapes, built by Living Landscapes UK

PMS: Outside Inside for NAPS (Show Garden) - Emma Bannister & Ben Donadel, built by Landscape Associates

Witan Investment Trust Global Growth Garden (Show Garden) - Jane Bailey, built by Burnham Landscaping


Great Gardens of the USA - The Charleston Garden (World Garden) - Sadie May Stowell, built by Sadie May Studios

Journey Latin America's Inca Garden (World Garden) - Jennifer Jones, built by Surrey Hills Landscaping

Immerse (Water Garden) - Cherry Carmen, built by Living Landscapes


Cancer Research UK's Life Garden (Show Garden) - Antonia Young, built by Jeff Rosenblatt

Normandy and 1066 Country Medieval Garden (World Garden) - Stephane Marie & Alexandre Thomas, built by Alexandre Thomas - Agapanthe Gardens


Conceptual Gardens:


Near Future Garden - Arit Anderson, built by Terraforma Landscapes

The Red Thread - Robert Barker, built by Terraforma Landscapes

Rolawn: Why? - Tony Smith, built by Hortus Infinitus

The Outdoor Room: Inner Demons - Amanda Miller, built by The Outdoor Room

UNHCR: 'Border Control' Garden - Tom Massey & John Ward, built by Landform Consultants


Our Lives in Time's Hands - Mark Whyte & Abigail Ferguson, built by Hythe Garden Landscapes

Pancreatic Cancer Action: Striving for Survival - Holly Fleming, built by The Botanical Gardener

Greenhouse Effect - Sheena Seeks, built by Eden Landscape Projects


Peacemaker - Katerina Rafaj, built by Rafaj Design


Summer Garden Awards:


CCLA: A Summer Retreat - Amanda Waring & Laura Arison, built by Arun Landscapes

Shropshire Lavender: The Lavender Garden - Paula Napper, Sara Warren & Donna King, built by Burnham Landscaping

The Bowel Disease UK 'Garden for Crohn's Disease' - Andrew Fisher Tomlin & Dan Bowyer, built by Smartscape Cardiff 


Final5: Retreat Garden - Martin Royer, built by Final5


Katie's Lymphoedema Fund: Katie's Garden - Carolyn Dunster & Noemi Mercurelli, built by Frogheath Landscapes

The Abbeyfield Society: A Breath of Fresh Air - Rae Wilkinson, built Outdoor Options

Unique Japan Tours: Japanese Summer Garden - Saori Imoto (partner designer of Studio Lasso), built by Nihon Garden & Kew Green


City Garden Awards:


Beautiful Borders Garden Design: New Horizon - Beautiful Borders Garden Design, built by Mark S. Nelson Landscapes

Lawn Ace: Inner City Grace - Gary Price, built by Lawn Ace

Steve Dimmock Gardens: The Drought Garden - designed and built by Steve Dimmock Gardens


Streetscape's Summer in Sussex - Will Williams, built by Streetscape


Youth Workz Garden - Tony Wagstaff, built by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Parks Department & Southend-on-Sea Youth Offending Service


Capability Brown Garden Awards:


Reflecting the Landscape - Victoria Truman, built by Andrew Stringer


Mind the Gap - Benedetta Pecorari & Elisa Varetti, built by Burnham Landscaping

Plumpton College: Capable of Reinvention - Peter Wood, Zaidee Penhaligon, Emma Wilson, Alex Newman and Lyndsay Cooper

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