12 July 2022
Westminster Stone @ RHS Hampton Court 2022
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022 brought in elements of health and well-being like the previous year with many talks and workshops involving health, design, crafts and floristry. Show gardens stood alongside gardens about global impact and 'get started gardens', ensuring gardeners of all ages and interests were able to find inspiration.
Westminster Stone are proud to once again collaborate with Alitex at the RHS Hampton Court 2022. The stand this year featured our Honey Cathedral paving and Jacobean Brick Pavers to create a chic and rustic setting. Complete with a beautiful cutting garden from Alitex growers club that was curated by Instagram influencer 'The Garden Goddess' with Beautiful preloved items from Lamb & Newt.
Garden Trend Alert - Cutting Gardens
Beautiful British blooms and sustainable floristry were celebrated at this year's show with The RHS Flower School championing independent, artisan growers of local, seasonal cut flowers. Along with a festival of roses and an RHS rose tea garden to sit and relax in! A cutting garden is one of the biggest garden trends coming through at this year's show! According to the RHS:
“Edibles and flowers will share space on the veg patch as people respond to the carbon footprint of shop bought flowers and turn to growing their own.
"Repeat flowering plants such as alstromeria, cosmos, dahlias, and zinnia will be favoured for their ease of growing and reliability during the summer months while sea lavender and everlasting flower serve as dried decoration for winter displays.”
Show Garden Awards @ RHS Hampton Court 2022
As always the show was teaming with garden inspiration from talented garden designers and landscapers. We would like to say a huge congratulations to all the winners and everyone who has worked so hard to create such wonderful spaces. Some of the Awards went to the following show gardens:
Best Show Garden - Designed by Matthew Childs
The garden is a conceptual space to highlight the great work conducted by Over The Wall (OTW) children’s charity and Japanese healthcare company Takeda, who support children living with rare and serious illnesses or disability, and their families.
A winding path leads visitors towards a ‘sunrise’ circular opening in the wall, symbolising new possibilities. On the way, they pass vivid planting, which references the colours of the charity’s Brilliance Beads (awarded to children who attend OTW camps), and elements of Japanese aesthetic representing Takeda’s Japanese heritage.
The garden draws the visitor in along permeable gravel paths with squares of clay pavers providing points to pause and immerse oneself into the tranquility of the space. A simple seating area overlooks a reflective water feature, the ultimate space to reset and unwind from a day in the home office.
The garden is a distillation of the Ukrainian landscape and culture. It showcases the rushnyk, an embroidered cloth used in many rituals, as a symbol of life and identity.
Best Construction (Get Started and Global Impact Garden) - Built by Lifestyle Gardens Design & Build
Following a poll on social media, The Wooden Spoon Garden is a reimagining of a conventional garden as a low-maintenance space, designed for maximum use, to encourage those who may be afraid of gardening.
RHS Iconic Horticultural Hero 2022 - Designed by Sarah Eberle
Alongside the use of sustainable and recycled materials, the garden is about protecting what we know and have, acknowledging environmental stresses and impact upon our plants, and an awareness of how Nature is critical to humankind.