In our last post, we talked about how we were busy preparing for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, and we’re delighted to report that it went exceptionally well!

To recap, our client Zoflora returned to the show for a second year but this time with the charity, Caudwell Children. The iconic disinfectant brand sponsored a garden which was designed for children with disabilities, in particular, autism.

The Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden was unveiled at the flower show and is now being relocated and reimagined at the new Caudwell International Children’s Centre in Stoke-on-Trent – the UK’s first facility of its type and one of only a handful of specialist centres across the globe that combines support, therapy and research for those affected by autism.

The show was a resounding success! The day before press day, we were on site as we secured a fantastic opportunity with the Hairy Bikers who were filming a special during the week called ‘Kitchen Garden Live with the Hairy Bikers’ on BBC One.

The lovely Si King and the crew filmed the unique garden and the designers as well as two families that Caudwell Children supports. They kindly gave up their Sunday and enjoyed an exclusive preview of the garden – it certainly got the seal of approval from the children!

Monday was press day and we were at the show early making sure that everything was in place for our 11am photocall. We had Gethin Jones attending who is devoted to raising awareness of autism.

As soon as the event opened, it was all go! We had photographers and members of the press wanting to come on to the garden and learn about this unique space. It was the largest show garden at the event and people were able to walk through it (something that is not always possible at these types of shows), and so it certainly drew in the crowds.

We also had ITV in the garden who wanted to find out more about the partnership and the importance of an inclusive sensory garden.

Once Gethin arrived, he was shown around the garden and in place for the photocall where attendees could photograph him in the beautiful space. He was very impressed by the garden and talked about how his young nephew, who has autism, would have loved it.

We also welcomed other celebrities on the garden such a Linda Barker, Sarah Hadland and Penny Lancaster.

As the day went by, we all became increasingly nervous because at around 3pm you find out what the RHS judges thought of the garden. You either receive a Bronze, Silver, Silver Gilt, or Gold medal – and guess what, we won GOLD!

But that’s not the only award we were honoured with. We were also given Best in Show and towards the end of the week we found out we got the RHS People’s Choice Award which is voted for by the public. Hat-trick!

All in all, it was another incredible show which resulted in some fantastic TV and press coverage, including further filming with the BBC.

We’re now on with moving the garden up North which we’ll continue to update you on!