Pretty Nostalgic wins RHS silver medal at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
We’ve super excited to announce that we have just picked up our first award – a RHS silver medal for our show garden, Preserving the Community, at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
This garden was designed to show how you can bring disused land back to life for the benefit of the community. It’s about creating and preserving a caring, sharing community where nothing goes to waste
We converted an old tin field shelter shed into a preserving kitchen where surplus fruit and vegetables can be turned into jams, pickles, preserves and wine. A dining area offers somewhere for neighbours to share their meals. Most of the space is taken up by a jewel-coloured cutting garden, grown from donated and surplus seeds and seedlings; the flowers from the garden are used to brighten up community spaces such as the library, surgery or school.
Very little in the garden has been sourced from new.
Make do and mend planting
We chose our plants with a ‘making the best of it’ approach, picking plants for their cutting, edible, medicinal, dying and preserving uses: hops for brewing; a herb garden in upcycled colanders; salad plants in pots and a community cutting garden. It resulted in a wonderfully eclectic display.
The Preserving Kitchen
There are often gluts in growing communities: a large apple tree that produces far too many apples for one family to use; a busy mum with no time to use the black currants from her garden and then all of those wild foods, such as hazel nuts and blackberries, which could be put to good use with a bit of co-ordination.
The preserving shed showed how you could use up any spare produce by making jams, pickles, preserves and wine. There’s a vintage enamel log burning range, fuelled by scrap wood and hedge trimmings. All the glass jars, containers, newspapers and string were collected and reused – nothing is wasted and very little was bought new.
The Honesty box shop
Just outside the fence, there’s a community shop selling products made in the preserving kitchen: excess fruit and vegetables, local eggs, seeds harvested from the neighbourhood, seedlings, plants and cut flowers from the garden. As well as helping redistribute produce that would be wasted. Proceeds from the sales would go towards the running of the garden and buying the raw ingredients for preserving, such as sugar and vinegar. Any excess money each year is used to purchase something for the community, such as fruit trees or a communal barbecue.
Please vote for us…
Please vote for our garden – Preserving the Community – to win the People’s Choice award. Our garden is under ‘small gardens’ and it only takes a minute to vote – just click on the link above. The final deadline for voting is 4pm on Saturday 7 July.
WIN TICKETS TO HAMPTON COURT
We are also giving away two pairs of tickets to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which opens to the public today and runs until Sunday 8 July.
To enter, please send us a tweet @prettynostalgic.co.uk to either tell us: 1) What you like most about the garden, 2) your favourite feature in the magazine or 3) let us know what you would like to see in future issues. Feedback is always much appreciated!
If you don’t have a twitter account, you can also email email@example.com with the subject: Hampton Court. Thank you for entering! Winners will be announced at midday tomorrow, so you have a whole day to enter.
Huge congratulations to publisher and editor-in-chief Nicole Burnett for designing and coordinating the garden and massive thank you to RHS award-winning garden designer Anthea Guthrie, garden salvage seller and stylist Cath Jones, Chris Williams, Chris and Sarah Legg for all their support. And special thanks to Barcham Trees for donating the trees and Authentico for kindly supplying the chalk paint.
Photos by Jen Hardy.