Highlights from RHS Hampton Court 2012

Well, as the medals are distributed at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 I’m sure some will be over the moon, and others disappointed as they narrowly miss out on the coveted gold.

Nevertheless, all of the gardens look amazing, and it has been a feat in itself to have got them built in such crazy weather.One which particularly caught my eye was The Garden of Contemporary Contemplation, designed by OneAbode Ltd. so simple and effective, you gasp, oh, I wish I’d thought of that! Another favourite, in the new category of World of Gardens was the very ambitious Discover Jordan Garden, sponsored by the Jordan Tourist Board and designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes. This, to me, perfectly evoked the sultry desert environment and important culturally historical aspects of this overlooked tourist destination.Two silver-gilt winners which need a mention are Heather Appleton & Twig for their amazing Russian Museum Garden and A Very Victorian Fantasy which manages to incorporate both the art nouveau and Gothic influences of Bournemouth’s most famous residents, Aubrey Beardsley and Mary Shelley. Sponsored and built by Bournemouth Borough Council the designers, Chris Evans & David Ifould should be very proud of their outstanding achievement, as they even managed to include the dreaded sea of summer bedding in an interesting way!