the Good, the Bad and the Unrealistic!
This is the final post specifically about the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2021; and I must say that the show organisers have pulled a show together in the most difficult of circumstances. So congratulations to all, the World and Nature have thrown biblical events about like confetti over the last 18 months; so to have actually created an event that could be enjoyed by thousands is a massive achievement.
Meadow planting was definitely in fashion.
The show had a very different feel to previous years; a little more laissez-faire with a relaxed chilled atmosphere, and I think it was better for it. It seemed the show gardens focussed less on being impressive; instead the emphasis was on how thought provoking they were.
However garden shows are a paradox of conflicting methodologies and horticultural messaging which does need addressing. On the one hand the Show promotes gardening with nature but the other hand displays plants and flowers that have been manipulated to be perfect, which is manifestly unnatural.
The RHS garden shows have this conflict of purpose and because of this the non-gardening public receive mixed messages about what gardening is – or how to ‘do it’! Hence why we have taken a sideways glance at the Show and come up with what we think you should take from a show garden. Be it good, bad or utterly unrealistic!
Trust the Italians to have the most stylish display.
We all lead very busy lives these days, and unless you are a dedicated and enthusiastic gardener; most of us want a well behaved garden that looks good – but that looks after itself as much as possible! That phrase, Low maintenance is banded about and it’s very sensible. I want to be able to sit in my garden and enjoy it rather than notice all the jobs that need doing. Once again, Show gardens aren’t meant to replicate ordinary gardens, but the plants and materials used in them do inspire people to copy and emulate these designs.
Sadly many of the plants and materials used will only add to the list of household chores – but again, the general public is misinformed as the messaging from the experts only extols the beauty but not the practicality.
The Communication Garden : RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
Now I loved the Jenga seating, wall shingles, and the colour palette, but, how often will you be having to rake and pick debris out of the rills. This looks beautiful because it is so perfect, what you need to do is imagine this on a wet windy November day. If the garden will still look OK and nice in the worst of the weather, then it will be a lower maintenance garden.
and the Unrealistic…?
Well there was one runaway winner at the Hampton Court Flower Show 2021…. have a good flight?!!!