The RHS Back to Nature Garden, co-designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Landscape Architects Andree Davies and Adam White, for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (1-7 July) has been unveiled today at the festivals press preview.
The Garden continues to encourage families and communities to engage with nature and spend time in the great outdoors.
The design is inspired by the original garden at RHS Chelsea with many of the key features such as the waterfall, dens and hollow log returning, alongside new elements including a wildflower meadow, rolling hill and summer planting.
New elements include a pond, a hidden burrow, as well as the bee-friendly meadow that covers the hill.
As with the original RHS Back to Nature Garden, this garden aims to support The Duchess of Cambridge’s work to highlight how time spent in natural environments can help in building the foundations for positive physical and mental wellbeing that last through childhood and over a lifetime.
These environments enable children to develop skills for life through free play, building confidence, strength, creativity and resilience.
Through its community campaigns and wider work the RHS brings gardening and the natural world into the lives of hundreds and thousands of families, individuals, school children, parents and grandparents across the UK and believes passionately in the difference growing plants, access to nature and gardening can have for health and wellbeing and the environment.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says: “It’s wonderful this collaboration with HRH The Duchess of Cambridge continues and carries on inspiring families to get together and enjoy the great outdoors and get back to nature!
“The impact of the RHS Back to Nature Garden at Chelsea resulted in a record month for RHS Membership, with over 12,000 people joining us in May to support our charitable work and get outside gardening. This is incredibly positive and shows how powerful this collaboration is, really motivating people to garden, grow and access outside space and nature, which is good for their health and also for the environment and for wildlife.
“RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival has a much more laid back feeling than RHS Chelsea and two children up to age 16 can visit free per paying adult, so we hope lots of families will come and join in the fun, be inspired and then go home and garden together.”
The contractor building the RHS Back to Nature Garden is The Landscaping Consultant, a specialist in bespoke garden & landscape construction.*
After RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, many of the plants, some of the trees, the hollow log, the dens and other key elements from the RHS Back to Nature Garden will go to their final destination, to be part of a new children’s garden, at RHS Garden Wisley, in Surrey.
The garden at RHS Garden Wisley will also have a treehouse and many natural play elements and will become a permanent, much loved, feature in one of the world’s most famous gardens, for children and families to play in and enjoy.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is supported by Viking Cruises. Tickets are available to buy online in advance and on the gate. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt