Episode 1

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Duration: 30 minutes

Monty Don, Rachel de Thame and Joe Swift host the first of three programmes from the 2011 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. In a sneak preview of the show, Monty looks at this year's giant edible garden showcasing our horticultural heritage in growing everything from hops and barley to fruit and nut orchards. Joe visits the show garden highlighting the importance of our natural chalk streams, while Rachel goes in search of garden designer Anoushka Feiler who is juggling her first ever Hampton garden with the imminent arrival of her twin babies.

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    RHS The Edible Garden is 1,850 sq metres of usual and unusual edible ideas. Including plants for beer making, a foraging area, a vegetable and medicine garden and exotic edibles in a tropical house, there will be lots of discoveries to be made even for the most seasoned of vegetable grower.

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    Paul Harris, from Brookfield plants, is one of those exhibitors. He shows Hemerocallis (day lilies)and is hoping for a gold medal at this year's show.

    RHS Hampton Court Floral Marquee
  • Conceptual Gardens

    Thought provoking and always a talking point, the conceptual gardens take a completely new perspective on garden design. This year will include a mushroom garden and an idea using upside-down planting.

    Conceptual garden designer, Anoushka Feiler created Excuse Me While I Kiss The Sky whilst pregnant with twins. The garden got a Silver medal from the RHS.

    RHS Conceptual garden information


Monty Don
Rachel de Thame
Joe Swift
Series Producer
Rosemary Edwards
Executive Producer
Gill Tierney


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