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Top 10 Worldwide Gardens At Hampton Court Flower Show

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Coral Reef Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 is now open – and by visiting you won’t just get to see some amazing and innovative gardens set in the grounds of a beautiful English Royal Palace. You’ll also get to travel the world, from Nicaragua to Africa via the gardens on display. Here are 10 ways to be transported from arid deserts to the lush tropics, and back to Blighty via some proper London urban spaces, all without leaving the Thames Path.

1 Switzerland

Swiss Alpine Garden

Complete with St. Bernards (and adorable puppies) the UK’s only alp horn player and as much Gruyere as you can eat, this garden mimics the great outdoors of the Swiss mountains with a miniature version of lakes, streams and mountain peaks at Hampton Court.

 

2 Azores

The Azorean Garden

Displaying a typical selection of Azores vines, lilies, ferns, hydrangeas, palms and grasses set with native scoria volcanic gravel, this garden includes a pool and gentle waterfall to represent the charm of the Portuguese Island archipelago.

3 Jordan

Discover Jordan Garden

Winner of best of the World Gardens this arid mock-up of a desert landscape featuring an archaeological-like site puts us in mind of Jordan’s iconic Petra, which was discovered as a lost city 200 years ago. The garden is split into three sections, the ruins, a dry shrub-filled hillside garden, and a Bedouin tent.

4 Russia

The Russian Museum Garden

Mimicking the St. Petersburg skyline and inspired by Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich, the oversized Matroyshka Russian Dolls are modelled on those in the souvenir shop of the State Russian Museum, the world’s largest collection of Russian Art.

Hampton Court Flower Show 20125 Italy

The Italian Job

An Italian style modern contemporary garden designed to feel tranquil while being high on design concepts with balanced geometry and a side-less cube creating a light, airy and aspirational space.

6 London

A Riot of Colour

A post-apocalyptic interpretation of London’s riots where 3D yellow lines rise up from a which has gone to seed and been reclaimed by nature. This project was created by The Edible Bus Stop an award-winning  guerilla community garden project from South London which aims to redundant plots of urban land into vibrant green spaces. The whole thing is moving to the new Pleasure Gardens after the show to delight the public for three years.

7 Nicaragua

Las Mariposas

Designed to highlight the plight of women in Nicaragua this garden was inspired by an Amnesty campaign called Butterfly of Hope and won a Gold award in the conceptual gardens category. The pink cubed structure is filled with real butterflies  – representing the girls’ hopes and dreams – which flutter around a Frangipani, Nicaragua’s national flower. Outside there is barbed wire and coir ropes to symbolise the issues of legal and political bondage.

8 Dorset, UK

The Badger Beer Garden

With the slogan ‘Welcome to the countryside’ the garden aims to bring the classic beauty of the English Dorset countryside to Hampton Court, and features a cricket pavilion and Dorset signpost.

9 The World’s Coral Reefs

The Coral Desert

A big statement both visually and metaphorically, this large blue cube contains cacti and succulents to represent the coral reefs of this planet – of which three-quarters are at risk as a result of pollution, overfishing and climate change. The designer warns that without action these reefs will die and become ocean deserts.

10 Africa

Various stands

There was a heavy influence of African sculpure, materials and styles in many of the garden accessories for sale.

 

 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 in numbers

  • Open July 3-7 from 10-7.30
  • 34 acres of grounds
  • Number of days to put show up: 21
  • Number of days to take show down: 10
  • Exhibitors at first show: 265
  • Exhibitors last year: 600
  • 23rd event

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