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Inspiration from RHS Hampton Court Show

10 July 2014 | Posted in Gardening by The Unwins Family

The World Vision Garden at RHS Hampton Court show has the 30th anniversary of the Ethiopian famine as its inspiration. This is one of three gardens that have been designed for RHS Shows this year and this is the last of the three designs, all three have been telling the story of the Antsokia region and depicting its transition from famine to sustainable food production. This garden celebrates the final regeneration of Antsokia; transformed from the dust bowl of 30 years ago it is now a thriving agricultural region. 

Shipping crates bursting with produce are a striking part of the garden. They represent the fields and valleys of the region.

We think those crates would make great raised beds for a variety of crops. With food production high on the agenda and food prices rising this is an idea to copy in a small courtyard or in a paved garden.

Lets face it most of us don’t have huge veg plots so we’re keen to find any way we can to shoehorn edibles in with the ornamentals.


Find space saving ways to grow your fruit and vegetables such as hanging baskets, window boxes and containers. The show has lots of exhibits, from large gardens to small stands that show just what can be squeezed into a small space.  

Consider adding ornamental vegetables such as chard or colourful herbs such as purple basil or red lettuces incorporated into bedding schemes.

Grow strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and herbs in hanging baskets to save on space, and also to beat the slugs and snails!

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