Budget Friendly Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2023

With UK households looking for ways to save money, The RHS and BBC Morning Live are joining forces at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (4-9 July) with a garden full of creative, cost-effective tips and ideas to help keep the nation growing for their health and wellbeing this summer.

Designed by BBC Morning Live's resident gardener Mark Lane, the ‘RHS and BBC Morning Live Budget Friendly Garden’ will show ways to use household goods and equipment in the garden, and includes the use of cheap and readily-available drought-tolerant plants, as well as recycled materials such as scaffold boards, plant pots and pallets.  
The fully accessible garden aims to inspire gardeners of all abilities. Full of fruit, vegetables and edible flowers, including some that can be grown from food waste, it will demonstrate that you don't need a large space to feed the family with home grown produce.
Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens & Shows said: ‘We’re delighted to be partnering with BBC Morning Live on this garden to help highlight ways people can garden on a budget.  Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive and there are lots of ways through plant propagation, reusing and recycling materials and water conservation that means everyone can continue to garden and grow whilst also saving money.’
Here are five of Mark Lanes top money saving tips:
1. Save money and make plant labels and a compost scoop from a plastic milk bottle.
2. Rather than spending money on hormone rooting powder/gel, search your cupboards for honey and cinnamon.
3. Make a drip-irrigation device for houseplants from a recycled plastic bottle, a cotton bud, a bamboo cane and an elastic band.
4. Deter slugs by making your own organic spray from garlic.
5. Grow tomatoes, strawberries and lettuce from leftovers found in the bottom of your fridge.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival runs from 4 - 9 July and tickets are available to buy online at
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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
About the RHS
Since our formation in 1804, the RHS has grown into the UK’s leading gardening charity, touching the lives of millions of people. Perhaps the secret to our longevity is that we’ve never stood still. In the last decade alone we’ve taken on the largest hands-on project the RHS has ever tackled by opening the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Greater Manchester, and invested in the science that underpins all our work by building RHS Hilltop – The Home of Gardening Science.

We have committed to being net positive for nature and people by 2030. We are also committed to being truly inclusive and to reflect all the communities of the UK.
Across our five RHS gardens we welcome more than three million visitors each year to enjoy over 34,000 different cultivated plants. Events such as the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show, other national shows, our schools and community work, and partnerships such as Britain in Bloom, all spread the shared joy of gardening to wide-reaching audiences.
Throughout it all we’ve held true to our charitable core – to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture –to share the love of gardening and the positive benefits it brings.
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