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RHS Hampton Court: Countryfile garden

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The Countryfile garden. Picture; RHS
The Countryfile garden. Picture; RHS

Celebrating show’s 30th anniversary

A garden showcasing the diverse landscapes of Britain will feature at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (July 3-8) to celebrate one of the BBC’s best-loved shows.

Countryfile’s 30th Anniversary Garden, designed by award-winning designer Ann-Marie Powell, is inspired by the British countryside and will encourage visitors to reconnect with nature.

The garden explores the concealed, yet critically important world that lives on our doorsteps and the wider countryside.

The tiered landscape represents different regions, from the Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire Dales and moors to North Wales, coastal areas and the streams, rivers and coast of the south and Ireland.

Showcasing our countryside

Each area has its own stone, plant and wildlife habitat. For the Scottish Highlands, there will be gabbro boulders, Scot’s pine, Vaccinium myrtillus (blaeberry), Calluna vulgaris and Ligusticum scoticum (Scot’s lovage).

The dales and moors will be bright with Crataegus (hawthorn), rock rose Helianthemum nummularium and wild thyme in weathered limestone.

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RHS employee Hattie Sherwood rows pots of flowers across the Long Water at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016. Picture; RHS/Luke MacGregor

In North Wales, woodland trees such as Fagus sylvatica, our native beech, will feature alongside slate outcrops and along the coast Crambe maritima will nestle alongside Crithmum maritimum and Glaucium flavum.

Executive editor of Countryfile Bill Lyons said: “For many people, their back garden is their very own piece of the great outdoors – a haven where home life meets wildlife.

Best of Britain in one garden

“We’re grateful to the RHS and to Ann-Marie for their vision in bringing the very best that the whole of Britain has to offer into this one very special garden to celebrate Countryfile’s 30th anniversary.”

Ann-Marie Powell said: “It is both an honour and a joy to create this wonderful garden for Countryfile at one of the biggest and most famous gardening events in the world.

“I hope it encourages people to think about the diversity of plants they can grow in their own gardens wherever they are in the UK to support our precious wildlife and get people to reconnect with nature.”

Show essential information

  • Where: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.
  • When: July 2, Preview Evening, 5-10.30pm
    July 3-4, RHS members only
    July 5-8, RHS members and non-members
  • Opening hours: July 3-7, 10am-7.30pm
    July 8, 10am-5.30pm (sell off starts 4pm)
  • Tickets: 0844 995 9664 or visit rhshamptoncourtpalace.seetickets.com
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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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