For the first time, the RHS is promoting a garden with innovative, cost-efficient ways of growing fresh food at home.
Award-winning garden designer, Juliet Sargeant, who won Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year, has created an entirely edible garden packed with simple and creative growing ideas and inspiration for visitors and viewers to take home to their own gardens and communities.
Exciting growing methods, mainly used only by commercial growers, such as aquaponics (where plants receive nourishment from fish), and hydroponics (growing plants without using soil), are also highlighted. The garden also shows you cost-saving growing techniques, such as planting-up straw bales - which enables the growing of fruit such as melons without an expensive greenhouse.
Juliet says: “Through this new partnership at the world’s largest flower show, we want to demonstrate to people, communities and organisations that it can be easy, cheap and fun to grow what you eat at home, in public spaces, at work, in fact wherever you like - I want to show that anyone can grow food anywhere!”
The garden will demostrate simple and innovative growing techniques and recipe ideas for small spaces aimed at gardeners of all ages and abilities. At the same time, popular TV duo, The Hairy Bikers, will present live cookery programmes using ingredients from the garden every day of the show. Si King and Dave Myers – aka The Hairy Bikers – said:
“We are thrilled to be presenting a week of live telly from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. It’s gonna have everything we love: beautiful flowers and amazing gardens, delicious food, entertaining celeb guests and crowds of enthusiastic visitors that we can have a laugh with. We can’t wait!”
- Saturday Kitchen will be launching the campaign on 6 May and will broadcast live from the show on Saturday 8 July. In addition, a spin-off series called ‘Kitchen Garden Live with the Hairy Bikers’, will also broadcast live on BBC One at 11am every day of the show.
- Saturday Kitchen Live is running a series of 'Grow Your Own' recipe segments every Saturday at 10am on BBC One from May 6, culminating in live broadcast on Saturday 8 July.
- Kitchen Garden Live with the Hairy Bikers will be broadcast every day of the show (Monday 3 July – Friday 7 July) from 11 – 11.45am on BBC One.