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Gardening inspiration to beat the heat this summer at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Gardens packed with innovative ideas to reduce water use will take centre stage at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this July as the UK expects another summer of heatwaves.

Featuring drought tolerant planting schemes and landscaping techniques for managing water use, designs at the festival this year will demonstrate how gardeners can adapt their planting and landscaping practices to help make their own green spaces more climate resilient.

For the 1 in 3 rented UK households, The Wildlife Trusts: Renters’ Retreat garden is teeming with ideas of how renters can use their outside spaces to help tackle the nature and climate emergency. A flat pack inspired design that can be taken down and rebuilt easily utilises hügelkultur to create moisture holding beds that reduce watering needs. The garden also highlights the responsibility of landlords to provide rainwater harvesting systems to help reduce mains water use.

The Inghams Working With Nature Garden designed by Joshua Parker and Matthew Butler features resilient planting for wet and dry periods and utilises a shallow creek to collect water runoff and divert it into plant packed sunken swales to reduce reliance on mains water.

Drought tolerant planting schemes also feature in Caroline and Peter Clayton’s Nurturing Nature in the City and Queenie Chan’s The Lunar Garden, whilst Inspired Earth Design have taken inspiration from the varied landscapes of America to include a desert themed area using dry, arid planting in America’s Wild presented by Trailfinders and Visit the USA.

Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens & Shows said: “Climatic extremes are becoming increasingly common in the UK and our green spaces will need to adapt to weather them. The gardens at RHS Hampton Court provide plenty of inspiration for visitors to try at home to help make their own gardens more resilient.”

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival runs from 4-9 July and tickets are available online at rhs.org.uk/Hampton

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Show and Get Started Gardens line-up:

Show Gardens

Plastic Fantastic designed by Hana Leonard

The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes

Korea LH Garden designed by Danbee Kim

America’s Wild presented by Trailfinders and Visit the USA designed by Inspired Earth Design (Emily Grayshaw, Imogen Perreau Callf, and Jude Yeo)

The Oregon Garden designed by Sadie May Stowell

Explore Charleston – Welcome to Charleston designed by Sadie May Stowell

Get Started Gardens

The Wildlife Trusts: Renter’s Retreat designed by Zoe Claymore

The Inghams Working With Nature Garden designed by Joshua Parker and Matthew Butler

The Lunar Garden designed by Queenie Chan

Nurturing Nature in the City designed by Caroline Clayton and Peter Clayton

The Landform Mental Wealth Garden designed by Nicola Hale

 

Event: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2023

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU

Dates: 4-9 July 2023

 

Opening times:

Tuesday 4 July & Wednesday 5 July – RHS members, 10am-6.30pm

Thursday 6 July to Saturday 8 July, 10am-6.30pm

Sunday 9 July, 10am-5.30pm

Tickets: www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt

 

About the RHS:
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.

The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.

In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.

We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk .

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.