A riot of colour and beauty

Faces among the flow­ers

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

1. The but­ter­fly dome

The enor­mous dome by the Thames en­trance fea­tures trop­i­cal plant­ing in­side to match a flurry of trop­i­cal but­ter­flies, which were ac­cli­ma­tis­ing so they fly well dur­ing the show.

Land­scap­ing around the dome will also en­cour­age na­tive but­ter­flies and nec­tar cater­pil­lars to sur­round the dome.

Mr Green said: “That’s a big at­trac­tion. A lot of peo­ple have been talk­ing about that al­ready. It’s been a mas­sive job to get it to­gether but it should be worth it.”

He said it would hope­fully en­cour­age peo­ple to try wildlife gar­den­ing at home. 2. Fam­ily day

Satur­day (July 9) will see the show’s first ever fam­ily day, with many ac­tiv­i­ties to keep chil­dren en­ter­tained, in­clud­ing CBee­bies gar­dener Mr Bloom, who is ap­pear­ing in the celebrity theatre.

There is a rocket sci­ence theme to the day, in­clud­ing kids’ cook­ery classes, sto­ry­telling in a dou­ble decker bus and an astro­nom­i­cal pup­pet show, after RHS linked up with Tim Peake’s space mis­sion.

Mr Green said: “This will be a re­ally nice day for fam­i­lies. They can see all the nor­mal gar­dens as well, but there will be ex­tra things for the chil­dren to en­joy.” 3. Sur­rey gar­dens

Mr Green picked out a few of his favourite gar­dens this year with Sur­rey links.

Squires, which has a chain of gar­den cen­tres through­out the county, has had a gar­den at Hamp­ton Court in ev­ery one of the 26 years and has once again pulled out all the stops on what is its own 80th an­niver­sary.

The busi­ness teamed up with pre­vi­ous gold win­ner Chob­ham-based gar­den de­signer Cather­ine MacDon­ald.

Mr Green said: “It’s go­ing to be one of the best things they have ever done here.”

He also men­tioned Sur­rey de­signer Rae Wilkin­son, who has cre­ated a gar­den for a de­men­tia care home filled with fea­tures to make it a safe and wel­com­ing space. 4. Fes­ti­val of Roses Mar­quee

Mr Green said his team was proud of the an­nual Fes­ti­val of Roses Mar­quee, with the flower more prom­i­nent on show public­ity this year.

“This time of year the roses are look­ing re­ally good and we want the roses to be in the cen­tre of the show,” he said.

“It isn’t new but it is one we are re­ally proud of along­side the big Floral Mar­quee.”

This year the thou­sands of blooms will be within a cot­tage gar­den set­ting in­spired by Beatrix Pot­ters’ gar­den, mark­ing 150 years since the author’s birth. 5. RHS Green­ing Bri­tain cam­paign

Four win­ners of the Feel Good Front Gar­dens de­sign con­test were an­nounced at RHS Chelsea – Bris­tol, Kent, Corn­wall and Manch­ester.

Their gar­dens, de­signed to high­light the health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits of gar­den­ing to con­quer de­press­ing grey spa­ces, will be built for Grey Hamp­ton Court.

A new city gar­dens’ cat­e­gory will tie in with this theme, with de­sign­ers fo­cus­ing on smaller ar­eas which could be some­one’s gar­den in a built-up area.

Mr Green said: “We added the city gar­dens this year be­cause peo­ple said they want to see more of the things they could do.

“Some­times they say the big show gar­dens, they could never have a gar­den like that, it’s too big. So, we tried to have pocket-sized stuff peo­ple can re­late to more.” 6. Wa­ter gar­dens

River cruise line Vik­ing Cruises has be­come the show’s head­line spon­sor, prompt­ing a re­turn of the wa­ter gar­dens’ cat­e­gory.

Mr Green said: “They were pop­u­lar for quite a while – re­ally spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter fea­tures, but they sort of went out of fashion a lit­tle bit.”

Vik­ing Cruises’ own gar­den will fea­ture a small pool with a sloped beach be­hind, while an­other will have an im­mer­sive room fea­tur­ing wa­ter fall­ing on three sides plus a wet­lands-in­spired de­sign with wa­ter fea­tures based around the ecol­ogy.

A sight to see: The Fes­ti­val of Roses.

Pic­tures: Dar­ren Pepe Ref: EN162628

Kelly Brook un­der the dome in but­ter­fly world.

The World Vi­sion Gar­den catches the eye.

Homage to the Olympics: The Rio Games are in Au­gust.

Pic­ture: Jake Dar­ling. Ref: EN153778

Gar­dens fit for a King.

Will Young.

Raquel Cas­sidy.

Michelle Collins.

Indira Varma.

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