We have worked with gardening TV presenter, David Domoney to design some beautiful garden displays for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 3 of which are designed around the charities we are supporting this year.
The Bat Conservation Trust is the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes that they rely. Bats are unique and play a vital role in our environment but during the last century bat populations suffered severe declines. We are working to secure the future of bats in our ever changing world by tackling the threats to bats, from persecution to loss of roosts and changing land use. We are excited to be supporting such a fantastic cause.
The Bat Conservation Trust garden display, designed by TV gardener David Domoney, will be found at the entrance to the Everest Celebrity Theatre. Attracting bats to a garden can have tremendous benefits, and this design is an interpretation of a bat-friendly garden that aims to showcase a few ways that you can do that in your own garden. The garden display is entered via a winding gravel path, to the left of which you will see a lovely kidney-shaped pond surrounded by plants. The planting is designed to attract nocturnal insects and the water will draw them in too, especially at twilight. The bats will also drink the water and other local wildlife benefit as well. To your right there will be trees, nestled among ferns and flowering plants, that hold bat boxes to provide a safe resting place. In the back corner a fig tree stands over a bat symbol that is created out of aggregate and set into the lawn. This image brings personality to the garden and reflects its purpose. We can’t wait for you to see it!
We are also supporting Save the Orangutan at this year’s Hampton Court. Since the charities foundation in 1990, they have worked with local communities, grassroot NGO’s, local businesses and regional government to help protect the orangutan.
The garden display features a path which snakes through the garden like a winding jungle track to reach the front door. As you walk through, on either side are a series of island borders set amongst bark chip, tree ferns and other exotic species which make it a truly immersive experience. This colourful garden display is unlike anything you would find on a British street, and has been created as an interpretation of how a front garden could look with a jungle feel.
Finally, we are supporting The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), an independent charitable research institute which combines professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of changing wildlife population, particularly birds to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy and decision-makers.
The path in this garden display is straight ‘as the crow flies’ and linked with a lovely hedge to one side that will provide birds with nesting space and berries for food. However, the owner also can take a secondary path, laid in aggregate, around the garden to explore it more fully. Water droplet-shaped borders set in the central lawn remind people that birds don’t only need food and nesting spots, but a regular supply of fresh water through the winter. A central bird bath will also provide birds a place to drink and bathe.
All three garden displays are sure to thrill visitors, who will be encouraged to vote for their favourite. You can vote for your favourite at the show or on the Everest Home Improvements Facebook page during the show.
All the charities will be given a donation by Everest, but the one who gets the most votes will get the biggest prize. If you happen to be at the show or on Facebook, give us your vote!