RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2021
Sunnyside are going to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July.
Not only are we growing perennials again for acclaimed landscape architect, Tom Stuart-Smith’s exhibition garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July, but we are providing plants to the RHS for their bench planters at the show and will have stands there promoting Sunnyside and what we do with lots of homemade Sunnyside products. We have been really busy making lots of Sunnyside classics – jams and apple juice plus new. We will have a special ‘Hampton Court’ shop at our farm shops over the show dates with some of what we have made and of course – lots of plants. More to come on these.
Tickets to the event are available to buy directly from the RHS
As the RHS’s Iconic Horticultural Hero, Tom Stuart-Smith has designed the feature garden as a climate-resilient planting of meadow perennials interspersed with Mediterranean shrubs. It includes a loose planting of figs, Pistacia, Phillyrea and the rare Mediterranean conifer Tetraclinis articulata. Together these trees and shrubs form a framework for a colourful mix of flowers and grasses. Every plant included is adapted to hot and fairly dry conditions.
The herbaceous, perennial plants are grown in partnership with Sunnyside Rural Trust, a social enterprise established to train adults with learning difficulties in various rural activities, particularly horticulture. We are growing a range of perennials for Tom’s landscape design contracts and are part of a working site at The Orchard Project.
Originally planned for last years RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, it is a fantastic opportunity for Sunnyside to show what we can do, and a year on, they’re even better at it. At the moment there’s lots of work for the trainees, tending to and potting on the perennials, so they are ready to grow on when the warmer weather arrives.
“Sunnyside is delighted to have this opportunity to work with Tom Stuart-Smith, Toby and Chris Marchant and the RHS to produce outstanding perennial plants. This project represents a sustainable source of income for our charity, which is needed now more than ever; it offers vital training and employment opportunities for some of most vulnerable young people and adults, with the therapeutic benefits of horticulture. For our customers, not only can you buy high-quality plants but the chance to make a difference to your community in a sustainable and meaningful way.” – KEELY SIDDIQUI-CHARLICK, CEO, SUNNYSIDE RURAL TRUST
” Seeing the difference that Sunnyside Rural Trust makes, it is so obvious to me that every community should have a place like this at its heart, where nurturing people and nurturing a place come together” -TOM STUART-SMITH, Landscape Designer www.tomstuartsmith.co.uk
“Sunnyside deserves so much applause: Great people, fantastic plants!” – CERI EVANS, The Natural Gardening Company
“We were delighted to see such a good availability list with many of our favourites, and a few new varieties to try. The collection went well, with all plants well cared for and in great condition. Sunnyside are very friendly and helpful, and share our passion for plants. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and look forward to ordering again soon.” – SARAH JARMAN, JarmanMurphy
“I ordered a number of perennials for the summer planting at Duke of York Square in Chelsea. I collected a lovely selection of P9 plants, all fully rooted and in excellent condition, which are doing very well in the pots and planters – especially the lovely big pink begonias.” – SARAH SHIRLEY, The London Garden Co.