Wildlife Garden Set to Wow at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Acclaimed stylist Selina Lake is delighted to have been commissioned by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson to add her styling magic to the BBC Springwatch Garden at the garden event of the summer, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Causing an ‘Instagrammable’ stir at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month with the 5-star stand she styled for Alitex greenhouses, Selina has been busy prepping ahead of the reveal of the much talked about garden, which will be unveiled from 1st - 7th July.

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Designed by Jo Thompson, alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, Jo hopes to demonstrate through the Show Garden how visitors can re-wild their gardens and take steps to halt the decline of the UK’s wildlife population with a range of practical design elements.

After seeing the ‘Greenhouse Goals’ style at RHS Chelsea, Jo asked Selina to style the wildlife garden to highlight that wildlife friendly doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish. Selina will be adding her iconic touch to the garden, mixing vintage gardenalia with on trend black accessories and incorporating stylish insect designs. 

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Jo Thompson commented ahead of the event –

“It has been great working with Selina on the BBC Springwatch Garden. It is always inspiring to work with interior and garden stylists and her flair and creativity have helped bring character and warmth to the garden which I hope the visiting public will enjoy.”

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Selina, who published her ninth book, ‘Natural Living Style’ this spring is a herself a passionate gardener and the commission is a dream project, as she continues to focus on garden and botanical styling –

“I was delighted to be asked by Jo to work on the BBC Springwatch Show Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Hampton Court is one of my favourite places to visit for ideas and inspiration, being just a short drive away from the village we live in in Guildford. My personal style has evolved over the years with a desire to live a greener life, growing your own, looking at how we can use recyclables and eco-friendly materials in the garden, alongside upcycled vintage wares. I’m so excited to be able to add some extra green touches to Jo’s wonderful wildlife friendly design, with hopefully some DIY easy to try ideas that visitors can try at home.”

There will be three distinct spaces within the Show Garden, each representing gardens belonging to different neighbours, and featuring their own characteristics and key elements to encourage wildlife. Selina has worked alongside Jo to compliment her designs and add some extra special touches to bring the space to life and inspire visitors to experiment with ideas at home, including…

Inspiring the next generation of wildlife watchers – Getting children ‘back to nature’ has been a huge focus this year, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at RHS Chelsea shining a spotlight on the importance of this and part in can play in our overall physical and mental wellbeing. Combining play with learning, Selina is incorporating a blackboard tally into her styling concept to encourage little ones to record what wildlife is spotted in the garden and when.

Greener gardens – There is a huge focus on sustainability and how we can all play our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Given the fact that gardens are so inherently linked with nature, in the grandparent garden Selina has chosen to include recycled newspaper mini plant pots for seedlings.

Flowers & Foliage – Showcasing how gardens can be transformed, just like the rooms in your home, with accessories, using a collection of recycled bottles, vases and jars to display flowers and foliage picked from the garden to make a beautiful and blooming display that is sure to attract the gentle hum of the all-important bees in search of nectar

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