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The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show build is finally here…

We can’t quite believe that we’re off to Hampton Court Palace to build The Wellbeing of Women Garden. The final preparations have all started to come together as we double check that we’ve not missed anything and have started to take delivery of a lot of the features for the garden.

A couple of weeks ago Amy, Wendy and I spent a day at The Plant Company nursery playing with our plants in a rough mock up of the garden. It was the first time that we had seen the design on the ground and it gave us the first real sense of what the garden is going to look like. It was really useful to decide where the shrubs are going to go and to play with the plant shapes and leaf textures. A lot of the plants weren’t in flower so the overall effect we are aiming for is still in our heads….

We also had news on the other larger plants for the garden. The 3 multi-stemmed birch trees, which Hedgeworx have so generously donated to the garden, are looking great and have already been sold, and the yew hedging bought from Deepdale has been lifted, ready for delivery to the showground. All of the plants in the garden will be for sale as part of the big plant sell off on the final day of the show, Sunday 5th July or can be bought throughout the week and then collected on the last day.

We have extremely lucky to know so many talented people who have donated their time and energy in making the different features we designed for the garden.

These include Barry Gosden, who not only helped us design the structure of the bench, but has also designed and built the metal supports to which the three botanical will be attached so they appear to be hanging on the yew hedge.

The stone engraving has been done by Chris Kemp who has added the charity’s name and motto around the centre circle for the patio and the five decades on to the stepping stones which will lead the visitor through the planting to the seating area…..

…. the beautiful bespoke curved, cantilever bench made by Rob Drumgold…..

…and the funky waterproof garden purple poufs by Mary Goulding which will provide some extra seating where I imagine we will all collapse once the build is finished, just in time for the RHS judging on the 29th June.