While the Anglian team were walking around investigating the wonderful gardens at the Hampton Court Palace Flower show, we stumbled upon one of our colleagues in their other capacity of exhibit assistant on the Butterfly Jungles ‘Transitions’ garden.
What a lovely surprise it was to see someone from home, but even more exciting to hear about and see the beautiful butterflies in the tropical greenhouse. The idea behind the garden was to highlight the decline of butterflies worldwide and to educate and encourage others to do their bit for butterfly conservation in the UK.
We learnt that the garden around the greenhouse was planted with flowers able to feed the butterflies with nectar and encourage their population growth. The tropical greenhouse was filled with wonderful brightly coloured tropical flowers that showed how the butterflies would live off the nectar in their own environments. These butterflies had been supplied by butterfly farmers in the Tropics who earn their living from butterfly farms and who help to protect and conserve the different species.
With this in mind we asked Valerie if she would like to say a few words about her experience at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
How privileged did I feel being asked by my great friend Paul Allen of Butterfly Jungles to be a part of such a great experience. This was Paul’s first every show garden.
I arrived a few days before the opening so immediately was thrown in at the deep end. You only get two weeks from start to finish putting the garden together, and over a week of that was taken up with the build, erecting a wonderful greenhouse and beautiful cream retaining garden walls with raised flower beds. The planting was completed in three days and included a water feature in the tropical greenhouse.
Butterfly Jungles by Paul Allen and Lucy Hughesdon
‘Once completed Paul released the tropical butterflies in the Greenhouse. All through the week native butterflies were released into the Garden where they enjoyed the plants and flowers.
The garden was well received by the visitors who expressed a great interest in all aspects of the project. It came as no surprise when Paul received a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal for the garden.
One of the highlights for me was to watch a beautiful and informative interview on BBC Gardeners World which enabled me to see the garden from a visitor’s point of view. The whole Hampton Court Palace Flower show could only be described as exciting and enjoyable with many wonderful exhibits from around the world. I would not have missed it for the world!