Gardening inspiration at RHS Hampton Court

Gardens packed with innovative ideas to reduce water use will take centre stage at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (4th- 9th July 2023) as the UK expects another summer of heatwaves.

This year, the Show will feature drought tolerant planting schemes and landscaping techniques for managing water use, as well as demonstrating how gardeners can adapt their planting and landscaping practices to help make their own green spaces more climate resilient.

The Wildlife Trusts: Renters’ Retreat Garden is demonstrating how renters can use their outside spaces to help tackle the nature and climate emergency with a flat pack inspired design that can be taken down and rebuilt easily. The garden also highlights the responsibility of landlords to provide rainwater harvesting systems to help reduced mains water use.

Cancer Research Legacy Garden ©Paul Hervey-Brookes

Designers, Joshua Parker and Matthew Butler have created The Inghams Working With Nature Garden, featuring resilient planting for wet and dry periods, utilising a shallow creek to collect water runoff and divert into plant packed sunken swales to reduce reliance on mains water.

Visitors to the show will also find drought tolerant planting featured in Caroline and Peter Clayton’s Nurturing Nature in the City and Queenie Chan’s The Lunar Garden. Inspired Earth Design have taken inspiration from the varied landscapes of America to include a desert themed area using dry, arid planting in their garden America’s Wild presented by Trailfinders and Visit the USA.

Explore Charleston Garden ©Sadie May Stowell

Other show gardens include The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes, Plastic Fantastic designed by Hana Leonard and the Korea LH Garden designed by Danbee Kim. Sadie May Stowell returns to RHS Hampton Court with The Oregon Garden and Explore Charleston – Welcome to Charleston garden.

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