The Garden Guide

Garden designs at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2009 - a review by Tom Turner

7th July to 12th July 2009: Like Chelsea 2009, the Hampton Court Flower Show showed signs of recession-damage in 2009. There were fewer designed gardens and too many looked as though they were designed on the cheap and, on the whole, it was more like a Gardener's market than a Flower Show.

But good things come from belt-tightening and it was a pleasure to see designers' increasing emphasis on sustainability and on vegetable growing. And, as last year, the conceptual gardens were interesting.

Hampton Court Flower Show
Hampton Court Flower Show
The Garden Energy feature was designed by Sarah Eberle and explores the use of green technology in garden design.
Concreation, by Flemons Warland Design
It's Hard to See
Monstruosa by Metagardens (left) and Its Hard to See (by Rebecca Butterworth, Victoria Pustygina and Ludovica Ginanneschi (right)
I Promise Garden
I Promise, Hampton Court 2009
I Promise was designed by students from Year 6 at St John The Divine Church of England Primary School. The garden is about sustainability and is built with reused and recycled materials.
Hanging Basket of Cherry Tomatoes, The Growing Tastes Allotment Garden
Growing Tastes Allotment Garden, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009
A fabulous hanging basket of cherry tomatoes and a cabbage in The Growing Tastes Allotment Garden.  The allotment garden won Best in Show, making it the first allotment design to win this award at an RHS show.
Urbanise, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009
Urbanise, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2009
Urbanise, designed by Ian Rochead. The garden was designed with a young couple in mind.  It is functional with attractive low maintenance planting.