• Ellen Mary

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival


One of my favourite things to do is talk about plants - had you guessed?! Even more than that, talking about how we are intrinsically linked to the natural world and how we can better feel that connection through plants. So at this years RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival I thoroughly enjoyed providing my plants and nature for wellbeing talk on the Get Growing stage and in the Sanctuary Yurt.


I always feel incredibly honoured to be able to go to so many of the shows, but there is something I totally love about Hampton Court. It really does have a festival feel and there is so much to do, if you are swift you might not get to see it all in one day!


From talks and demo's to show gardens and allotment plots, it really is a lovely day out. This year I really enjoy the community allotment area where various plots gave plenty of inspiration of how to grow your own in small spaces. It was lovely to see Shannon @diaryofaladygardener having designed her first plot and all the passion that went into doing so.


Show gardens always amaze me, and I know so many people do say how unachievable they are but I see them are pure inspiration. Take little snippets from them to try at home, even spot a new plant you'd like to grow or a colour palette. Of course you won't be surprised to know my favourite garden was the Forest Bathing garden where you could truly see the tree canopy and feel enclosed in nature - and I really hope that it helped to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of Shinrin-yoku.


The Global Impact Gardens are always thought provoking, this year the stand out for me was the burnt out cottage but showing how the war cannot break Ukraines spirit.


In the floral marquee tall Gladiolus and frothy Astilbe adorned the exhibits and the serenity of the pond plants to one side against the carousel of Fuchsias meant there was so much for the senses to switch from one to the other in absolute glee. If you do want to go to any of the RHS garden shows, Hampton is one I thoroughly recommend. You might need a hat though - it's usually scorching!


If you would like to book one of my talks about how we can better connect to the natural world for positive physical and mental health wellbeing for an event, online webinar or in company wellbeing session please GET IN TOUCH. I can tailor to suit your wellbeing goals.


Photo cred to @thecountrynurse_