An abundant kitchen garden designed by a team from the Eden Project has won a prestigious silver-gilt medal at this week’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The garden is a collaboration between Borough Market, Britain’s most renowned food market, Franchi Seeds of Italy, the oldest family seed company in the world, and Eden, home of the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes.
The garden includes plants grown from a range of seeds developed by Franchi for the Eden Project. It was designed by a team of Eden horticulturalists, led by multi-award winning designers Emma Gunn and Paul Stone. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show runs until Sunday, 8 July.
Eden’s director of Life Sciences Dr Mike Maunder said today: “Put three extraordinary groups together and magic happens. We are delighted that the RHS judges recognised our collective commitment to good food and our enthusiasm in sharing that bounty.”
The three partners aim to inspire and educate visitors to Hampton Court, highlighting the importance of seasonality, diversity and provenance of the fruit and vegetables that we eat.
Designed to replicate a traditional market stall, but with all of the plants, herbs and flowers planted, the garden takes visitors on a journey from seed to plate.
The innovative display showcases the range of fresh produce that can be grown from seed at home, whether on a small urban balcony, window box or a larger plot.
Traditional regional varieties were inspired by plants grown in Eden’s Mediterranean Biome kitchen, and range from herbs to vegetables and edible flowers – a riot of colour and abundance of living plants. Most of the plants are available to buy from seed from the stand.
Paolo Arrigo, founder of Seeds of Italy, which imports the Franchi brand, said: “As a producer of regional heirloom seed varieties with provenance, we’re so excited to be featuring plants from our Eden Project range at Hampton Court.”