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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to showcase the best of grow your own

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be bringing a festival of food and flowers from 2-8 July with gardens to highlight simple and easy ways to grow fresh food at home.

The RHS is joining forces with one of the UK’s best loved chefs and champion of home grown produce, Raymond Blanc OBE, to bring his famous gardening school from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The garden will be packed with ‘grow your own’ inspiration and ideas to encourage people of all ages to get growing no matter how big their outside space.

Designed by Allister Dempster and Rossana Porta, ‘RHS Grow your Own with The Raymond Blanc Gardening School’ will feature simple, fun growing techniques such as upcycled containers and vertical gardening. An outdoor classroom and cooking area will also provide space for demonstrations focusing on seasonal ingredients that can be grown in the garden with hands on activities to encourage the next generation of gardening chefs.

On teaming up at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018, Raymond Blanc says: “It is always an honour to work with the RHS and over the years we have worked closely on many exciting opportunities. For me, creating a kitchen garden with the team has been wonderful and a chance to showcase such fantastic varieties and hopefully capture people’s imaginations.”

Highlighting the benefits of community gardening alongside edible growing, award-winning designer Jon Wheatley will be introducing the show’s first ‘RHS Growing Community Garden’. With plenty of creative growing ideas, the space will include edibles, an urban forest, raised planters and a community meeting space – plus its very own wormery.

With food being a key theme at this year’s show, the ever popular Scarecrow competition will host a You Are What You Eat theme. From vegetable heads to healthy hearts, schools from across the South East will take part in this competition which will see over 60 scarecrows spark the imaginations of budding gardeners. The theme will continue into the Hampton Court Village as local businesses transform their shop fronts for the RHS Best Dressed Window Competition, which this year will welcome celebrity lifestyle chef Madeleine Shaw to the judging panel.

A tempting Dig In food area will feature a brand new restaurant alongside Dig In Live, a cookery theatre with well-known faces such as Mark Diacono, Gregg Wallace, Anna Greenland and Deliciously Ella. Plus, there will also be lots of home grown vegetables from some of the finest nurseries including Pennard Plants, Hooksgreen Herbs and Borough Market who will be bringing their first ever display in partnership with The Eden Project and Franchi Seeds. Meanwhile The Palace Kitchen will welcome celebrity chef James Tanner, who will create a brasserie menu featuring some of his signature dishes throughout the show.

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