A Hampton Garden by Squire’s Garden Centres is runner up in the People?s Choice Award as voted for by visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last week (8-13 July 2014).
The garden also won Silver Flora in the Show Gardens Category at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014.
Designed and planted by Ian Hammond, Plant Area Manager at Squire?s Twickenham, A Hampton Garden was widely praised throughout the show by members of the public who enjoyed the inspiration of the design and its relevance for urban gardens in and around London.
The most popular feature was the Living Wall, a perfect example of how to create something stunningly beautiful for urban living, thanks to a new vertical growing trend for transforming even the ugliest of walls, fences or other vertical surfaces.
Ian Hammond explains: ?Space used vertically like this is a great way to create a garden with a twist in even the smallest of spaces. There?s no longer any excuse to look out of a window at home onto a close-up plain wall or solid barrier. This perspective on gardening and growing is becoming increasingly popular as gardens become ever smaller and adds incredible versatility as many plant types are happy to grow in this way, even if the space is shady ? herbs, sedums, grasses, ferns and of course fruit give the gardener a free rein to create year-round greenery, colour and texture. Vertical growing is also a haven for bees and other insects and for encouraging birds to nest ? all in all a vital contribution to the wildlife corridor we need to create across urban areas.?
Sarah Squire of Squire?s Garden Centres adds: ?We wanted to reflect the kind of gardens our customers have ? or that they could create with a little help and planting advice like they?ll find everyday at our centres. We?re passionate about making gardening and growing something that everyone can do, no matter what their experience is or how big, small or challenging their budget or their growing space ? the fantastic thing about gardening is that, with a little thought, it?s possible to make an impact in any space and to enjoy a tremendous sense of achievement.?
The family-run Squire?s business celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first garden centre in Twickenham in September ? significantly, it was one of the first garden centres in the UK. True to the company?s close links with the local community and a long-held passion to help people make the most of their outdoor space, this garden brings to life how we can use our gardens for stylish outdoor living and entertaining.
Garden centres have played a significant role in making more plant varieties available to the public and the quality of plants has improved dramatically compared to the early days of the Twickenham centre in the 1960s when, by far, the major themes of urban gardening were bedding plants, conifers and roses.
Squire?s is inviting local gardeners to share their memories and photos of gardens in the Twickenham/Hampton area to create an on-line gallery of facebook and the website. Anyone interested should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in to Squire?s Garden Centre in Twickenham. A full celebration for the 50th anniversary takes place on 5th September with a vintage afternoon tea party.