Hampton Court Flower Festival 2022 – If you are a regular reader of the Women Talking Online Magazine, you will be aware we are avid attendees of the Hampton Court Flower Festival. Not only for the inspirational gardens, the magnificent colours, mighty blooms, and unforgettable fragrances, but the event is a glorious day out and a gardener’s paradise.
I admire the innovation, creativity, and gardening skills, as well as how a 34-acre empty space can transform into an outstanding festival for thousands of people to enjoy and celebrate all things gardening!
It takes 18 months to plan each show, and a staggering 200 people to build and dismantle it. For the individual gardens, it takes three weeks to build a show garden and two weeks to build a small garden – but just five days to dismantle them.
I can fully understand how, on average 140,000 people attend the show every year, and happy to know that all waste at the show is recycled.
This year the annual British flower show at Hampton Court is running from 4-9th July and my focus is on supporting a charity garden – The John King Brain Tumour Foundation, are delighted and excited to have the opportunity to showcase a garden at the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show 2022, with the amazing support of Tony Woods, Rhiannon Williams, and the team at the Garden Club London.
The John King Brain Tumour Foundation Garden is a hospital rooftop garden that provides a vital space for patients and hospital staff to be immersed in nature. It is a calming environment designed to aid recovery and provide a safe space for often difficult conversations. This small garden demonstrates how the charity is transforming under-used areas of grey concrete rooftops into hidden sanctuaries for people and wildlife to discover and enjoy.
At the heart of the garden, a sculpture by Emma Rodgers, inspired by a mighty English oak, symbolises strength, wisdom, and healing. Its leaf canopy is made from hands applauding the NHS. Under a canopy of dappled shade, there is a selection of spaces to sit, pause, reflect, and heal. Surrounding raised planters are filled with scented and textural plants in a blue and pale-yellow colour scheme as a tribute to the NHS.
After the festival, all the elements of the garden will be re-used and relocated to the Atkinson Morley Wing at St George’s Hospital, close to Hampton Court Palace, to live on as a peaceful rooftop oasis for neuroscience patients and staff to use.
“It will quite literally change lives as for many patients they spend all the time in hospital looking at a ceiling. The garden will make a huge difference in recovery and will also support families and staff. Especially when privacy is needed for very difficult conversations. A connection with nature so beneficial for spiritual well-being and resilience”
Henry Marsh CBE, leading British neurosurgeon, author, and Patron of the John King Brain Tumour Foundation
The Hampton Court Flower festival is run by The Royal Horticultural Society, which is the UK’s leading gardening charity that aims to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
If you have to opportunity to visit the garden Festival be sure to absorb the beautiful plants, and detailed landscaping, and sample some of the delicious eateries.