Design ‘The One Show’ Garden for Hampton Court

Amateur gardeners and aspiring garden designers have the chance to design a show garden for the 2013 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

For the first time in its history the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is opening its gates to one lucky amateur gardener in an exciting competition launched jointly by the BBC and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The competition winner will be invited to create a show garden of his or her own design at the world-famous show to be held on the 9-14 July.

RHS Hampton Court Show garden 2012

Our First Home, Our First Garden. Designed by: Nilufer Danis. RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012.

Launched on BBC One on The One Show on Wednesday 30 January, the competition will invite one aspiring garden designer, with no previous experience of design, to create a family garden at the RHS Flower Show.

The winner will join mentors, The One Show gardener Christine Walkden and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal-winning designer Adam Frost, on an action-packed journey learning about plants, garden design and landscaping.

The winner will visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where he or she will see the world’s most spectacular show gardens and meet some of the best-known garden designers.

In the final weeks of build-up, Christine and Adam will be on hand to help the winning amateur designer create The One Show Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, where it will be enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the show, and by millions more on television.

The One Show viewers will see behind-the-scenes footage of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and find out what it takes to create a garden at one of the biggest and best-known gardening events, celebrated for ground-breaking design and showcasing horticultural excellence.

To enter the competition to create a family garden for The One Show, entrants will need to submit two garden design drawings for an 8m x 8m plot, their chosen plant list from an RHS selection of plants, and describe how the garden would work for the family they have in mind.

The competition is only open to people who do not make a living as professional horticulturists or garden designers. Designs must be submitted by 1 March 2013.

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to have great fun working with Christine and Adam, discovering what it takes to create a show garden at one of the UK’s top gardening events. We’re so looking forward to seeing the designs and are very excited to be teaming up with the BBC to launch this competition – I’m sure that The One Show Garden will be a major highlight for visitors to our 2013 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.”

Michael Armit, Deputy Editor of The One Show, says: “We’re delighted to be working with the RHS on this exciting project. We know gardening is a big passion for many of our viewers so we can’t wait to see the designs that they come up with.”

For details of how to enter, terms and conditions and approved plant list visit


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