Excitement grows as garden festival h-edges closer

Published Thursday, 27th June 2019

Small cloaked Monk made of wicker.

For the tenth year running, the council will be displaying a garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, and now they need your support to add to the impressive RHS medal collection.

This year’s garden, known as ‘The Therapeutic Garden’, shines a spotlight on the beneficial role that plants and gardening have in supporting people living with dementia, anxiety and other mental illnesses. With raised beds in the garden to make the design accessible for all, and bright and colourful planting lifts the visitor’s mood and attracts wildlife. The plants in the garden have been chosen for their health-enhancing effects and will see eucalyptus, thyme, and eryngium included in the garden.

The council has been very successful at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (previously known as RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), winning the following awards in the past nine years:

  • Four bronze awards
  • Four silver awards
  • Two silver-gilt awards

The garden has been submitted into the ‘People’s Choice Award’ category with voting opening Monday 2 July.

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Every year for the past nine years, the council has been proud to be able to submit a garden at the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. As each year goes by, the level of detail and intricacy increases and the message behind the garden becomes stronger.

“By linking together the youth offending team and the Dementia team, we are able to promote personal wellbeing and have connected two groups who wouldn’t usually come into contact together, however they have worked cohesively and proactively together, supporting each other where possible to create this stunning garden.

“We really hope that we can bring home yet another medal to add to the already impressive collection we have here, but we need the support of the public and local residents to make that happen. It only takes a minute to vote and will make a huge difference to those living with Dementia and will help develop the skills of the youth offenders.”

The young people involved complete this work as part of their community reparation. While showing drive and passion when delivering the project, they are able to work towards a City and Guild Level 1 in practical Horticulture skills, enabling them to apply their practical skills in the future.

People living with Dementia have also been able to assist with odd jobs and handiwork including planting seeds. Local volunteers of St. Lukes Community Garden (Cluniac Gardens), are supporting the garden this year with the growing of plants/flowers for the event.

The construction of the garden would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors SCOPE, Tree Fella, CED Stone, Sovereign Play, Wood BlocX and Formara Print and Marketing.

You can vote for the garden by visiting our Hampton Court pages.