Edible forest creates sanctuary at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

London Glades garden

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (July 4th to 9th) has some amazing gardens on display but there's one gardening style visitors may not have seen before: an edible forest.

The London Glades show garden in the Gardens for a Changing World zone features boulders, wild flowers, trees, shrubs and perennials – most of which you can eat. It looks far less like an allotment than a peaceful forest however, providing a quiet sanctuary.

The garden's edible flowers, leaves, fruit, nuts, roots and mushrooms have been grown using the principles of edible forest gardening and hugelkultur, an the ancient technique that uses mounds of garden waste covered in of top soil.

Designers Jon Davies and Andreas Christodoulou of Future Gardens London created the London Glades garden.

"Our aim is to create a user-friendly, peaceful garden that brings people closer to nature whilst still appealing to the public perception of what beauty is, away from controlled gardens with manicured lawns, chemical controls and tightly clipped borders towards something more aligned with nature," say the designers.

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