Episode 3 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Episode 3

Monty Don, Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame and Alys Fowler continue their tour of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Tom Hart Dyke reveals his national collection of eucalyptus.

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Welcome to the 750 acres of glorious Deerpark Road which are


the setting for this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.


Behind me, the perfect formal gardens at Hampton Court Palace


itself. There are 60 acres of gardens that have endured over 480


years and there are currently home to about 8000 trees and one hand


and 40,000 other plants. The show is only on for seven days but in


that time, visitors can see hundreds of thousands of plants,


displayed at the peak of perfection. Up to 38 gardeners tended gardens


and 95% of the waste is recycled. There are 229 exhibitors and the


RHS has promised to recite a 96% of the green waste. Tonight we can


promise you a full 60 minutes pact of the very best the show has to


offer. Coming up: Chris Beardshaw tells us why his show garden, the


Stockman's Retreat is helping create a new generation of


passionate Landseer's. We have had our ups and downs, moments when we


have looked at the enormity of the task and we have been like a rabbit


in headlights but that is the point of the training programme. Meeting


the nursery applying the Japanese art of bonsai to our own native


trees. There is something about a bonsai that gives you such a reward


in satisfaction. It is a bit like a Rembrandt, it is an art. And the


modern day plant hunter, Tom Hart Dyke, shares his national


collection of eucalyptus. When you see it is going white, to green, to


Hello and welcome to the 2011 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.


We have been here for nearly a week now, you must have seen everything?


No way! It is such a large show and I get stuck in certain corners.


Conceptual gardens, large gardens, small gardens. I have been in the


market garden three or four times and what I love about that is that


it is inspiring, it is all about what you can do at home, not what


we can do to feel you from of ideas. There is a sense that some shows


are about that? The floral marquees are still looking good. I try to


make a diversion through there were ever I am going and they replenish


the stock on a daily basis so it is looking very fresh. The Floral


Pavilion I have been to least. We get here at 7 am in the morning so


for 15 minutes we can go and see things and I always have my


notebook in my pocket and a pen and I just write down lists of plants,


things and combinations I like. Have you seen the edible mushroom


conceptual garden? I like the reaction of people, people seem to


enjoy them. As a show like this, the big show gardens still carry


the day, they are the stars, like it or not. This one won a gold


medal and we met the Duchess of Cornwall at this garden. At Chelsea


Flower Show last year, the garden designer and presenter Chris


Beardshaw visited a garden made by a group of UK Skills, an


organisation promoting apprentices from a range of disciplines. He was


so impressed by this that this year, he is designed a garden in


conjunction with three at landscape trainees from UK Skills. The first


thing he had then do before starting work on the garden was to


visit the National Trust's garden at Hidcote Manor so that they could


learn how to mimic nature within a My team consists of three young men


who are focused and dedicated towards landscape gardening. James


from Northern Ireland has a great air of confidence about him. Ollie


is the cheeky one of the trio. Simon is the cool, calm, collected


character. It is their responsibility to build the garden


at Hampton. We got to represent the English landscape in all of its


glory in the show and encapsulate that with the exit. And digging the


lads to one of my favourite gardens, Hidcote Manor, to take a close look


at three of that habitats they will have to create - would land, meadow


and stream. The woodland is the backdrop to the garden, largely


about recreating very informal, a natural looking space. One of the


first thing that strikes you in this environment is the amount of


light blocked out by the can be at the trees. Ivy for instance, is a


dark green plant and that allows the plant to capture as much of the


light as possible. Other plants like lords and ladies, you can see


the berries are in flower. As soon as these leaves established, all of


this goes green the thing about the arrangement is that it all looks


very informal, there is no logic to how everything is laid out and this


is what we have got to try to recreate. We very often think of


meadows as being simplistic. It is grass with a few flowers in but


take a look at a small area like this, have a square metre five or


six different flooring plant species. Even with the brief glance,


there are maybe 15 or 20 species of grass in here as well. It is also


working at the role this plant is playing. It is called Yellow rattle.


You can hear that. It rattles! pushes its routes into the roots of


the surrounding grasses and sucks the life out of the grass and so


the canopy of the grass is reduced and it is this idea of almost brush


strokes of the yellow with the buttercups and this rather acid


green coming through. It is quite weighty. We have got to try to


recreate with these little jewels of the disease. -- daisies. Water


comes into different guises in the design. One is as a gentle stream


of what we have to get right is the way the plans have started to


colonise those. This little area of natural planting in here is going


to give us a very good pointer. Look at the way the plans are


establishing and have a look in there, on the banks, because they


are going right into the stream, one of two little seedlings Art


Show starting to establish themselves. It is a good


demonstration of the fact that we need a good variety of generation


of plants. There are at home in herbaceous borders but we can use


them right alongside the stream to act as a buffer between the stream


and the broader herbaceous planting that goes on next door. Definitely!


How has it been, is it amazing building this garden? It has been


amazing, especially for us. It was a great opportunity to jump into


the plants with Chris he is so enthusiastic. What is your


favourite but of the garden? stream that goes down there under


the bridge. Years! That is mine, too, because we built that. What


about you? I like the two dry-stone colours at the end which I built!


Well done, give yourself a pat on back.


The lads have done really well, we are still talking as well. It has


been a real challenge for them. We have had our ups and downs. They


have been moments when they looked at the enormity of the task and it


has been a rabbit in headlights but that is the point of the training


programme. It shows the sky is how to deal with the major task and


bring it down into smaller fragments. The garden looks


absolutely stunning. Run us through the idea behind it? The UK team


represent us at the World Schools competition in October so we had to


encapsulate a training programme that was demonstrating what a


British garden is all about so we start off at the front with a very


glamorous Borders and become around to a more priory style of planting.


Then a traditional English flower meadow. Then the cart track, the


dry-stone wall and off into the rural idyll of the agricultural


landscape. The planting does soften it so much and the detail is


incredible actually. That is the idea, it has to be a real piece of


theatre. Things like the wall on the building, hand-made bricks in


the old English garden. The track is made out of a harder material,


made in a cobbled style. What about these boulders that run through


here because they're quite a contemporary twist on the garden.


Lots of people look at this and think it is traditional in garden


terms that this is about training. A raw product with great potential,


coming to the skills programme, getting to the one that has floated


on the water. I really like that, the whole garden is wonderful, well


The Stockman's Retreat is not the only one here at Hampton Court.


Chris uses his for horticulture purposes, the arts and skills


needed to make a show garden, there are many diverse messages that the


Rachel is dealing with a very complex subject. Her last car and


got an amazing response. What you think what this garden? Obviously


the message is difficult and it is brave to go about it but it works,


regardless of the message because it has gone for it with such


enthusiasm, they had used all the bright shades of pink and


ruthlessly edited out the others. The conventional wisdom is that


only soft pastel colours work under an English spy but I think you can


challenge that. The message is, if you are using strong colours,


choose the brightest, strongest combinations and make them sing and


dance. Don't be coy. It would be a little -- a great little roof


garden. You would have to pray for some!


This is one of the gold medal winners. It is one of the best


gardens in the show and you cannot faulted on any level yet I don't


feel comfortable with it which is an odd sensation. It is a highly


accomplished garden, very well designed and planted. I feel


slightly that I am sitting on the terrace of a five-star hotel. It is


not unpleasant. But I wouldn't want to have this at home. Many people


would think, I would love to have a garden like that. We have lavenders,


evergreen barques, silver birches, there is depth to the planting.


of the things I would take away from this is that you can do things


on a horizontal level. You can plant horizontally as well. We have


the structure here that gives it the height. It is not a garden that


I will roll up my sleeves and get This is one of the most inspiring


thing I have seen. It is done by two student, Caroline and Petra who


have left clodge, so there is real talent coming through. The second


is they have taken a big idea, world harmony, and made it into a


garden. They have succeeded. It shows you can do anything with a


garden. They have taken circular pools of plants. Individual species


pools of plants. Individual species all the plants circled round,


defined by rusting metal plates. The tree, the silver birchs, a


terrible cliche in sew gardens but they have chosen a variety called


Fascination. It picks up on the digitalis on the front and on the


metal and on the leaves, so it is subtle, it is calm, and yet it is


big and inspiring. I won best in show. If you are watching last


night, you will recall there was a new range of roses introduced here.


Roses are an important part of the show but they are by no means the


only flowers you will see. Rachel has been to the floral marquee to


check out the other new Every year, nurseries, find breed


and collect new plants, and here in the floral marquee, well, many of


them are taking their first bow in Pine cottage plants is showing


beautiful South African natives. Agapanthus, this is their time of


year to shine. This one is called ind go dreams. It is very dark in


bud. Once the flowers open it retains that dark colouring, so


unusual. Below it a tug bag ya. The best thing it keeps flowering, from


spring through to autumn. But it needs good drainage, perhapss on


the patio or a raised bed with A new introduction from Bowden is


this little one called Hands Up. It is a small version. It has a lovely


up right habit. Slightly curved leaves and the leaves are really


quite thick, so has very good resistance to slugs and nails.


Sounds good to me! This is a brand- new plant. It stays nice and green


down the central area, and then this fan shape at the top becomes


paleer you get a strong contrast between that and this lovely dark


purple vaining. It is attractive and carnivorous plants are gaining


in popularity. They are easier to grow than you think. A pot with a


dish of rain water underneath. They need a good cold winter in order to


These are popular foliage plants w the bonus of pretty flowers. Until


recently much of the breeding has been going on in America, where


they are mad for them. But Heucheraholics are showing a few


that have been bred in Europe. We have one from Belgium. This is Red


Dress. Small leaf, very dark green and the underside in purple. This


this French one. A nice bright lime green, with the slightly darker


marking on the leaf. They do have a habit of working their way upwards


in the soi. They try and push out, so if that happens in your garden,


dig them up, you can divide them and replant them a bit deeper. They


will be perfectly happy. One group of plants that always attracts the


admiration of the crowds are the bon sis. This magical Japanese art


form has been dominated by men, until recently. But now, bonsai


enthusiast Chrissie has joined her fellow male exhibitors taking


skills into a new direction.Ies -- Chrissie doesn't just restrict


herself to classic Japanese trees, she has extended the practice to


There is something about a bonsai that can give you such a rewarding


satisfaction, it is like a recommend draant an a Constable.


There is an art. Something you can only bring it out from yourself,


within the tree, you can reflect that art f you like, in a living


piece of material. Bonsai actually means a translation from Japanese


to English is tree, or plant in a tray. This is a tree that is a


Chinese elm, which is the, probably the one people are most familiar


with. I started off with one of these, and a little oak tree. I


have decided to go for trees that are indigenous, and trees that are


available to us and will cope with living in this climate. This is a


tree that was taken out of a skip, five years ago. It has been a


bonsai for three years. This is a hau thorn. It was growing happily


as a hedge until the farmer decided he needed to make room for another


barn. This is a yew salvaged from a garden. This is the first stage of


coming into the world of bonsai. It is probably about 50 years old. As


it stood in the ground, as you can imagine the size of tree, there was


a huge amount of roots, which the tree now has to recover. Originally


it has tap root, the tap roots hold it into the ground. We don't need


them. So I work into the next four yier, will be to develop the


fibrous feeding roots, which is the future of the tree. The trunk, this


is amazing. It has the future of being a really good piece of


material. This tree was destined to be destroyed, and got rid of. I


have got the pleasure of keeping it going on. This one is a year two,


this part of the tree, where it was cut off from here and the base, has


actually died off, and this branch here tells me and confirms that, so


we can track back through this area, which is the live vein is coming up


from the outside and rising round the outside of this. So we now that


this part is dead. We can now work with the tree because which know


where the live veins are. This will be carved and created and made into


a tree that looks like it is dead. Not just cut off here and here.


There will be artwork applied, with drilling and kafrg out the deadwood


to create the artistic side to it. This is stage three, we can now


actually carve the wood out that we know is dead, from the taking from


the ground. You can see the live layer round the deadwood. As you


can see, the top, we have two holes. This depicts age. I mean, a lot of


ancient trees you see in nature have holes, and we have jumped


ahead and we have used carving tools to create this deadwood


appearance. We can then also apply the wires to the tree, to create


the branches. From a tree that is growing in a garden, unwanted


position, you can have something Who is to say 100 or 1,000 years


down the line my trees might still be alive. I would like to think so.


I hope to think so any way. Well Chrissie, all these creations on


your stand I love the privet and the pine over there, but people


find them tricky, they are scared of growing them. I know people


would like to, but what are your top tips on growing these? I think


the accessible ones are the indoor one, the Chinese elm, they are easy


trees to start with. You can progress to using outdoor material,


which are trees that are indigenous to this country. Far better to use,


because they would naturally prefer to be outside. The indoor trees


would need the winter care in the house and maybe outside in the


summer. What about watering and feeding? Yes, possibly on a daily


basis through the growing season. Pruning again, through the growing


season. Some weeks you may doing it twice a week, some may not be every


six weeks. So keep a gauge on how much the growing. Clip it back.


When you see something shoot out cut it back Yes, the more you can


prune them back, the more they are going to grow. The tree will know


it wants to have so many leaves to continue through the growing season.


If you cut it back, it will spring out new leaves, so the more you


prune the bet it will respond. make it sound easy. You have


brought your creations here. Lovely I love the RHS grow your own market.


Anything that encourages people to grow food, cook it, eat it, and


enjoy it is fine by me. The most spectacular stand is this. It is


The Garlic Farm, from the Isle of Wight. It does what it says on the


tin. It is all about garlic. You know, there isn't a guard none the


British Isles, that can't grow garlic successfully. There are lots


of different variety, you can plant it as early as September or late as


January. You can harvest as early in May or the end of the summer. It


People always talk about growing fruit and veg, but they don't talk


enough about growing herbs. Herbs should be essential in any garden.


They are the core of a really good edible garden. I am not necessarily


talking about fancy herbs, although it is interesting to see red


spinach. I am talking about herbs like Rosemary, sage, parsley.


Common enough but all delicious, and I think all essential. It is


really good on the Blackmoor stand to see fruit reduced right down in


size. I think everybody should grow some fruit in their garden. I know


people feel, that is, fine if you have space, by only have a small


backyard, how do I do it. You do it like this. You grow step over


variety, there is James grieve which is in the Copella garden. The


same plant. You can train fruit. Truth is, any St Paul garden can


produce wonderful food. There are a couple of guarders who set out to


prove you can grow your five a day in a smaller area as ten square


Our garden is called the five a day garden, because through the ten


square metres of planting space we are using, you can grow enough


fruit and vegetables to meet the Government's recommended five a day


guideline, every day throughout the year. We are showing you how you


could grow in a confined planting space. You can have planters on


your stairs or wall, on a patio or on a roof terrace, the thing that


is great about it, anybody can do They are probably five key pointers


behind how somebody could create their own five a day garden. One is


this deep bed method. All plants have different root depths, and of


course therefore different depth requirements in a planter. Here we


have salad crops which by and large have a similar requirement. We have


30 centimetres here, which is perfect for salad, and any deeper


and you would be putting compost in a pot you didn't need. Over here we


have carrots. It illustrates the density of planting you can achieve.


If you get the depth right. How Design tip two is to use all of the


If you are as committed as I am to tomato, realistically a greenhouse


will make a difference. Where to put it? Other than plonking it in


the middle of the lawn, I couldn't think of a solution. Until I struck


You have to make every thing you grow count. So do a bit of research


before you plunge into buying the first seeds you come across,


because the wealth to kooz from is phenomenal. These are the crystal


apple cucumbers that are going to Hampton Court for the show garden.


The only way for you to be able to enjoy one is to grow your own. That


is part of the whole joy of this five a a day garden, is widening


your taste bud experiences. When you are growing in a small


area, it is important to always have small plants growing, you can


replace gaps when you get them. These beans have come to the end of


their life now, and we have planted some aubergines, that are ready to


be potted on into containers. You are getting two crops from one


Final tip is contact with your plants. Visit them every day, look


at them, turn the leaves over, because you will find clusters --


clusters of eggs under them. If you can be brave. Wipe of the thumb,


that is it, over and done with. You have nipped the problem in the bud.


If you visit them once a week those eggs will be hatching and the first


thing you will notice is holes in the leaves. The tips we have gone


through will help you on the way to achieving the maximum yield, but of


course you don't have to do the whole thing. Pick the vegetable you


most like or the space you have got, be it is a window box or balcony


and make your own little contribution to growing your five a


day. A bit of space goes a very You're really into encouraging


people to grow their own vegetables, why is five a day so important to


you? This garden has been designed specifically to cram the maximum


amount of plants in. They are planted using a very clever method,


meeting new you can get for a bold increase from your yield. You are


able to get five a day for one person for every day out of the


year. You can get so much fun and and variety, we have managed to get


over 50 types of vegetables in his garden. Is that one of your strange


cucumbers over there? Yes it is a Crystal Apple cucumber and it grows


really easily. It produces tons of fruit. I will have to try that!


Your first time ever at Hampton Court and you got a gold medal, we


become regulars? Definitely not regulars but definitely Maybe!


It is a huge amount of work, physical and mental and time wise.


We have got other things to do as well, a business to run. It is a


Graham Earl of garden, congratulations and Never Say


Never! As Heather and Nicola had shown,


growing your own fruit and vegetables can be very satisfying.


That is something that Alice has been passion about for years. No


surprise that she made a beeline for the small gardens dedicated to


that of a growing when she visited the show earlier this week.


This is the home front garden. It is a traditional take on a second


world war vegetable garden so the lawn has been dug up and replaced


with vegetables and there is plenty of rows of cabbages, tomatoes and


onions. It is full of lots of charming period detail, you can


really immerse yourself in times gone by here. Is a proper make-do


and mend. All the hard landscaping has been recycled as for that


This garden is called the potential feast and is a very modern twist on


the cottage garden. You have edible flowers, herbs and vegetables are


all mixed together and it has an incredibly subdued and subtle


colour palette. They have also made a point of choosing vegetables that


look good. You have this crimson a broad bean that has the most


intense smell to it and you also have the lovely purple pot of peas


here and there beat should with its intense metallic waves. This is a


very attractive vegetable garden but it is not without humour. You


get to eat the walls if you want to and tomatoes tumble from above.


This is a modern take on the edible garden, an incredibly good use of


space and I can imagine gardening here.


This garden is an urban harvest and has been designed for a community


to use. What I like about the spaces how much fruit they have


managed to pack into the design so on the top layer, we have these


beautiful standard apples with their long stems with plenty of


space underneath for planting and then in the middle layer we have


the elder and along the front we have a little hedge of gooseberries


and wild strawberries. Back here when you're sitting on the seating


area, it is secluded and quiet and it gives it a lovely feeling. You


could get lost in the space and yet there is still plenty of vegetable


garden to be done. The small gardens Russia have been packed


full of vegetables. There is plenty of inspiration from the traditional


take on the old vegetable garden to something much more modern and


slick. We still have lots to come on the


programme. Gill is visiting Hampton Court's first night garden to show


that outdoor living doesn't have to come to their close when dusk


arrives. Also, I am interviewing Tom Hart Dyke who has brought his


national collection of eucalyptus here. You cannot help but love them,


can you? It is an obsessive behaviour! If there's anything you


want to know about the flower show, you can find out by going to our


Another series of thought-provoking designs are because sexual gardens


here. They are meant to combine horticulture with deep thinking.


What does it mean to you? What we try to do is represent a snapshot


of reality, is the conclusion to an intellectual journey, it is


actuality there is being displayed. A conceptual garden is at the start


of the process, when all the intellectual things took place. It


should pose more questions than offering solutions. What you think


of this garden? This one is called in during freedom and is said to


represent the service men's journey into the unknown and the potential


hostility of the Afghan atmosphere. How well does it display the


concept of harshness and transition. When you cross that wrestled, do


you feel that the threat is here in the way that it is present in


Afghanistan? It is a bit of the stage show, a representation of of


Venice - and, too obvious, I suppose. It has been beautifully


planted and in a way, it dilutes the severity of the cause and the


concept. A hands-on exhibit delivers too strong messengers, the


first of relieving the stresses and strains of everyday life, achieved


partially by creating a floral tapestry but also by some


reassuring words on the board behind me. The second is perhaps


even stronger and that is to try and encourage people to consider


that every time we view, enter or interact with a landscape, a garden


or a plant or environment, we, in some way, contribute to the


structure and composition of that article. As such, this exhibit


allows you to develop a four- dimensional sculpture, every


visitor can leave their own contribution.


This garden, at first glance, it looks like a piece of grass with


notes of rusty old post boxes around the outside. But there are


periscopes and if you look inside them, you can see into the mirror


and you can see this world of edible fungi. It is amazing, we're


looking across this microbe landscape. You cannot work out


where they are coming from and if you turn down here, the land has


been tilted up and the shaft of light is working its way down


underneath. It is quite incredible. This is everything a conceptual


garden should be. It draws you in, it is intriguing, original,


creative and, the judges loved it, they gave it gold and Best in Show.


This garden is called picturesque, it got at gold medal. It is all


about using plants as if they were in an art gallery. It is taking the


iconic pictures and representing them in plants and a message about


sustainability. This is a really strong concept and beautifully


executed. We are being encouraged to consider our plants and the


intricacy and beauty of those plants before they become museum or


exhibition pieces where the only place she can see them is as a


private exhibition. This really is a conceptual garden for me but some


are a bit hit and miss. The Kandinsky, doesn't really work for


me. Containing a plant with in a glass box and suspending it in mid-


air, encourages us to look at the detail of the plant and see it in a


new light. To see it in its true beauty, focus on the detail of the


individual. Putting it in a glass box gives an odd to Damien Hirst,


as it was in a gallery. The conceptual designers have taken a


new approach to landscape gardening, the self-confessed plant lover Tom


Hart Dyke, is the search for new plants that excites him. He has


spent years scouring the globe for new additions to his world garden


at Lullingstone Castle in Kent. His passion has made him an active


member of Plant Heritage, the world's leading plant conservation


charity which pulls together national collections of of plant


genera to protect them against extinction. He brought his own


national collection of eucalyptus this year. He cherishes it and his


aim is to persuade more people to appreciate just how special


The most widely planted tree on earth is the eucalyptus. It was my


gran he got me going at a very young age and it was how they


change their shape and size. How they adapt to climatic conditions


so well, how they change, they're absolutely amazing. Out here we got


a really good collection, 400 eucalyptus trees and some at the


age of 14, I was planting and some great ones to show you. This is


just an awesome tree, and this street was quite badly damaged in


the last winter but what you can see is doing, look at all these


group points and this is unique to a eucalyptus tree. Is a fantastic


way to adapt to a cold winter but usually through fire that has gone


through it and what is amazing is, these groups are appearing out of


the trunks will be six or eight feet long by the end of this year.


Look along here, this is to work three weeks earlier, look at them


all, bursting out. In three or four weeks' time, this tree is going to


be amass of leaves going up the stems. In here begot the lemon-


scented three. Look at this peeling bark here, fantastic, revealing


this turquoise, Jade, green colour. When you see it in the wiles of


Queensland, as it is growing from white, to blue, green stems, it is


extraordinary. The smell of this, crash it between your fingers... In


heel that straight down to your lungs and Bexhill, it is really


strong. One more time I think. Fantastic smell and straight away,


you are smelly insect repellents and lemon scented candles, that is


where it comes from. All these trees, I collected myself in his


seat formed in 1999 from the Australia and in particular from


Tasmania. Most of these are going in my stand at Hampton Court this


year and one of my most rewarding and the sour fines was this


varnished gum, the world's smallest eucalyptus tree. People say, no,


but I promise, it is a eucalyptus, destroying to three or four feet


tall at the most. This is the only ones suitable for a rockery, I kid


you not. What makes my chlorophyll boy with excitement is this one.


This is the world's rarest eucalyptus tree. What I love about


it is, its circular foliage with the growing points and you can see


from the side, pink and red stems. A fantastic plant that is hardy and


not yet known in this country. Another one that is very tender,


but the world's largest and longest eucalyptus leaf. Here, it is too


early for the fruit, but you can already start to see these waxy,


blue leaves - fantastic foliage. It can get up to 4 ft long so we got


the world's rarest, the world's smallest and the world's largest


believed eucalyptus tree. Very exciting but it makes my heart


flutter of excitement that I Your passion for eucalyptus is


apparent. You can't help but love them, can you. It is obsessive


behaviour Monty. You are not alone. A lot of people grow eucalyptus,


but a big problem seems to be they outgrow themselves. They plant them


small, and then they quickly become enormous, with all kinds of


problems. What is best way of dealing with this? Is it a question


of choosing the right plant? Absolutely. They are sold as


bedding plants when they can get to 40 feet within a handful of years.


What is the solution? Should it be better pruning or more selective


planting? Selective planting, that is back to basic, it is breaking


away into smaller plants such as the snow gun, or this one here.


Hardy but look good when small. The eucalyptus I say the people who


have them at 30, 40 feet tall, the neighbours complaining, the


foundations they maybe worried ab, you can really cut them back hard.


Take them down so they crown. They will start reshooting. The other


big question I am getting a lot of, you can't help but see, is a lot of


eucalyptus have died over the last winter. They appear to have died.


What is the best way of dealing with them? Should they be left to


see if they have regrowth 890% will regrow. Cutback to where the


growths are coming out. At what point do you decide to cutback?


They are still producing shoots. Do you leave for it a year, to autumn?


Should we be doing it now? I would do it now. 1st August by the latest.


Then that is it. They would have by the end of May starting to resprout


into June, July. Now we are getting into the middle part of July now,


and you can honestly, it will regrow and reshape into a tree that


is 20 feet tall within four or five years they have the rootstock and


the trunk, and they are ready to go. If it hasn't sprouted by August it


is time for the compost heap. They are quick to sew what they are


going to do. This is your first time here. How has it been?


Brilliant. To get Silver-Gilt was brilliant. Superb. Will you be back


after a gold next year? If I can persuade the team, we are here.


is not the only national collection holder here at Hampton Court. We


have conservationists and collectors who have brought their


plant to the plant heritage tent from all over. From Scotland, Wales,


Cornwall, even my home county of Herefordshire. Earlier this week,


Alice talked to a few of them. The Plant Heritage Marquee is one of


the hidden Jim gems here. -- hidden This year's theme is called a


living library. It displays some of the national collections. These are


every variation possible in a gene news. There are some things that


are very unusual. Some well-known and some that have been forgotten.


Dibleys is well-known for breeding these, how did it start? He my


father was a collector of plant, he enjoyed growing them. We have gone


back to some of the species and introduced them into the breeding


programme. It is just a really solid house plant isn't it It is


one of the easiest round. Put it on a windowsill. Keep it on the


slightly dry side and it will flower all the time. Why would you


bother collecting obscure species? It brings extra characteristics


into the varieties. This flowers mostly in the winter time. That we


managed to breed with a modern variety, and we ended one the next


generation hybrid that flowers all the year round. A normal one was


flower between? March and September, April time. This is the only


species that has the red flower, this is where all the modern


varieties have got reds and pink in come from. Without it they would be


blues and whites. It is important to get varieties like this growing.


It is a wonderful collection, thank you for sharing it. You are welcome.


I am very excited about finding this collection, because I didn't


realise there were so many out there. They go from the sublime to


the almost ridiculous there is one over there which has no leaves and


only Thornes. The corner is full of lovely carnations but what makes


them special? They are not just carnation, they are Malmaison


carnations which were the nower of the season for the Edwardian period.


They would be used as a cut flower? Also brought into the house for


special occasions. Why are they forgotten? They are prone to


viruses and they became difficult to propagate, but with the aid of


siens we have had them micro propagated: I see you have a Gold


Medal but not just a goad medal have a goad medal, but the best


plant heritage exhibit. I am still stunned, to be honest. I'm not.


It's a beautiful display. Thank you very much indeed for saying that.


One of the best things about heritage plant marquee is you get


to walk away with a bit of a living We are in the LOROS Hospice Garden


of Light and Reflection. Look better in the sun. It is nice to


get a bit of sunshine again. We have had lots of photos e-mailed in.


Here is a good one from Robert, who took it of the Virtual Reality


Garden. It looks good from here. It's a bauble, not a pod. OK.


like this shot. This is atmospheric. I looks like poppy seed head. I


think they are made of medal -- metal. Susie capture add wonderful


planting scheme from the garden of light and reflection. Loads of


colour. Really intense. Beautiful. And talking of reflection, Chris


has snapped Monty. See, in the BBC team, preparing to start filming.


He is focusing. He is thinking. There are lots more. If you want to


look log on to the website. I have heard a small thing, but in the


floral marquee I think somebody ha had to pull out. Then floids


stepped in. They had a week to get everything together. Saved the day.


It is their first time at the show. Really? Well done them. Impressive.


There is a brand-new garden this year, hidden under the canvas of a


black out marquee, right up near the large show gardens. There is a


reason for that. It is called a garden at night. It is dedicated to


plants that come into their own after the sun has gone down. We


Kari Beardsell has designed a garden which demmonstrated how


different it can be in the dark. Plant wise, we have things like the


silver birch which shine out in the dark, and plants like nicotiana,


white plants that work well in the dark, and some of them release a


beautiful perfume. Something like the red maple over there is


interesting, when you light it from below. You see the foliage in a


The lighting is key too. Safety is the first thing, and without them I


wouldn't be able to get across the water. But don't just stick lights


in the lawn or flower beds lighting nothing in particular. Here Kari


has done a great job. We have strip lighting and that throws a light on


to the lawn, but she has grazed the walls back, the pillars to throw


that brick into relief. The water features here, they are brilliantly


lit with the spotlights, you can't see the source of the spot but they


light the feature itself. Then again, over dining areas like this,


you want a light from above and throw a light on to an area and


make it practical. She has done a brilliant on. When the visitors


come through they go quiet, really hush, hush, because they are


responding to the moody atmosphere of this garden. If you have been


inspired by Kari's night garden you might want to equip your own garden


for night-time living. Here it is packed full of ideas. Garden


lighting when used creatively can form a wonderful ambience in the


garden and extend the long summer evenings. Solar garden lighting has


been a nice idea, using the power of the sun to light the garden at


night. But it has been frustrating because it fizzles out an hour or


two after the sun goes down. There is new technology coming through


which is interesting. So one of these has got four LEDs in it. It


punches out quite a bit of light and it will last until one or two


in the morning. An interesting development. What could be more


romantic than the garden by candle light? I like these lanterns. They


range in price from about �45, down to only, well that is �9.95 for


that lantern plus the holder. Which I think is pretty good. When you


are entertaining in the gaden you will want to cater for friends,


make sure they are well-fed. If you are a keen cook you can have the


whole kitsch none the garden. And I mean the whole kitchen, down to the


sink. We don't need that newfangled stuff, all you need is a fire pit.


While you are doing it you can use one of these. This is a charcoal


burner and you put wood in. Ideally hardwood, then a couple of hours


later, you have made your own car coal. And of course, you need


somewhere to sit in the garden, in the evening. And I have found the


perfect spot, with this seat. It is so unusual. It is made from a


recycle sardine fishing boat. I love the idea it has had a life


before and now it is being reused having another. If a hammock and a


tent had a baby, what would it be called? Now it would be called a


cocoon. It would be like this. Relaxing, you can hang it anywhere.


The perfect place to chill out. think you can't beat a good old


fashioned swing seat. After the shopping it is nice to put my feet


up. It is an enormous show. My feet are killing me. It has been


brilliant. Thought provoking designs. Stunning summer colour.


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And here is a taste of Hampton at Our time here is rapidly coming to


an end but the show goes on. At least until Sunday night so if you


can get down here, I highly recommend itment and two children


get in with every adult tick ticket. If you are are are coming on Sunday


the big plant sell off starts at 4.30. All the details are on the


website. The week after it close, RHS Tatton Park flower show kicks


off on 20th July and Monty, Carol, Andy and myself will be bringing


you the high lights on 21st and 2nd. Although we are leaving here, we


Monty Don, Joe Swift, Rachel de Thame and Alys Fowler continue their tour of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Monty catches up with designer Chris Beardshaw to discover how his promise to help a group of young landscape gardeners has resulted in a Hampton show garden. And the irrepressible plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke invites viewers to enjoy his national collection of eucalyptus - on display at Hampton for the very first time.

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