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RHS Hampton: garden category winners

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Best in Show: The Zoflora and Caudwell Children's Wild Garden by Adam White and Andrée Davies. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth

Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden takes Best Show Garden

Designers Adam White and Andrée Davies have won Best Show Garden for The Zoflora & Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The garden highlights therapeutic outdoor spaces for children with disabilities and will be rebuilt after the show at the Caudwell at Keele University which provides support for children with developmental disorders.

Andrée said: “On behalf of everyone who’s been involved in this project, we are so delighted to win this award. It’s been a monumental project building this garden – we’re thrilled with the outcome and absolutely honoured to be awarded Best Show Garden.”

Adam added: “We can’t wait for the volunteers that did all this planting to come down this week to see how stunning the garden looks and for them to hear the public response to this wonderful wild garden.”

Best Construction Award was given to the Blind Veterans UK: It’s All About Community Garden, designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, and built by contractors Landform Consultants.

Bill Wilder’s Elements of Life took home Best Conceptual Garden. The garden takes viewers underground to explore plant roots and scientific soil composition.

In the new category of Gardens for a Changing World, Future Gardens. London Glades, by Andreas Christodoulou and Jonathan Davies, was judged to be best highlighting how to relinquish control and allow for the natural process to take centre stage.

The RHS awarded 141 medals to the gardens, floral exhibitors and Flower & Vegetable Boxes – 57 gold, 47 silver-gilt, 29 silver and eight bronze.

Nurseries won 50 golds in the Floral Marquee, 36 silver-gilt, 23 silver and four bronze. The Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee went to orchid specialists Vacherot & Lacoufle, while Marshalls Malmaisons was awarded Best Plant Heritage Exhibit for their carnations display. David Austin Roses Ltd took the title for Best Rose Exhibit, Hooksgreen Herbs won Best Cook & Grow Exhibit and the New Design Award was presented to Fernatix.

For the best Flower & Vegetable Box Award, Esher Molesey Garden Society won the title for their Centenary Celebration flower box.

The show runs until July 9. For further information, visit www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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