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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Hot Springs

Today one of the most important international flower and garden shows opens just outside London in the grounds of historic Hampton Court Palace. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, this is a show that is noted world-wide for its innovative garden designs, especially its annual display of show water gardens. This year`s winner of the coveted Tudor Rose Award and a Gold Medal in the Show Water Gardens section is the Dorset Water Lily Company with their garden entitled Hot Springs.

Introducing the garden, the winners say "Hot Springs has been designed and built to illustrate, with our increasingly warm climate, how many semi-tropical and exotic plants can now be grown outdoors in the UK. The greater proportion of plants and trees in this garden originated in the southern hemisphere, brought back to Europe by the explorers, botanists and collectors who ventured to the New World. Looking across a lushly planted pond with its soothing, bubbling water and gentle drifting stream, the onlooker is invited to walk across a rustic bridge to a hideaway on stilts, standing in water. Using plants such as lotus, ferns, cannas, bananas and tree ferns, this exotic garden takes on a semi-tropical atmosphere."

To review all the results for the Show Gardens and design sections, as well as the award winning gardens visit the GardenMessenger web-site click here.

Happy Gardening



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