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Hampton court 2011 'Wild in the City'


Hi everyone, I have been a little busy this last week and a half at Hampton court.
I have been helping Charlotte Murrell build her first ever show garden, along with some other friends from our degree course.

Charlotte won a competition with Wyevale east to build the garden that she designed as she had won the competition.
Wyevale supply the plants and Charlotte gets £5000.00 to spend on materials etc.

The last picture was taken today which is day 8. We have done lots of marking out, lots of digging, lots of sawing and sanding.

The garden is designed to be for a small court yard in the city. It has log walls a wildlife pond and a bespoke circular oak deck to rest on at the end of the day. It will have insect houses and bird tables that have green roofs as well as lots and lots of fantastic plants.

If you are going to Hampton court find Charlotte’s garden in the small show garden area and say hello to her. If you want to say hi to me, I will be there on the Thursday.

Let me know what you think.

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wow , its looking great and I'm sure when its finished it will be perfect.. How nice to be helping out on something that could be so important to someones career and getting valuable experience for yours too....:)

28 Jun, 2011


This is fantastic, helps us see how much work goes into the gardens.
What a lovely design, I'm very much looking forward to seeing the plants in. Would be a very nice place to sit. I love those log Walls, what a warm feeling they would give.
Very well done to Charlotte - and all of you. I'm sorry I can't get there, wish I could.

28 Jun, 2011


Can't wait to see the finished garden as I have a very similar area to design next year. If it looks as good as the plans then I'm sure Charlotte will have a very bright future as a garden designer.

28 Jun, 2011


That is really beginning to take shape it is going to look amazing what a talented girl. Hope to see the photos of the finished article soon:)

28 Jun, 2011


you are soo lucky to be helping out..the garden looks great..good luck..

29 Jun, 2011


You are right Sandra, it must be lovely to be involved in such a project.

29 Jun, 2011


Thankyou for all your comments. I have told Charlotte and she is a talented girl. She is definately a name to remember.
I am very lucky to be involved. The atmosphere at Hampton court during the build is real eye opener. Everyone is freindly and happy to help/ lend tools or even offer advice.
You get to see how much goes into these gardens to show us just what is achievable with our own small space.
Then after 5 days they get taken down/ sold off or taken home.
Make sure you say hello to her or myself if you are visiting the show.
5th -10th July

29 Jun, 2011


We won a silver Gilt medal.
You can see the garden on the RHS Hampton court pages.Follow the gardens tab then the small gardens it is Wyevale East Nurseries Student Design and Build Awards 2010.
The last one at the bottom of the page.

5 Jul, 2011


Hi there, came to Hampton Court on Tuesday, saw the garden and thought it was great. Your hard work certainly paid off with the reward of a silver. Really enjoyed looking around at the other gardens, Excuse me while i kiss the sky... 700 agapanthus put in!!!... and the floral marquee was stunning. Nemesias... the way forward... learnt so much... happy gardening !!!

8 Jul, 2011


Thanks for saying so, glad you enjoyed the show.

9 Jul, 2011

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