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Essence of Australia at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Native Australian flora is set to take centre stage at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London from 8 – 13 July.

The Gardens has teamed up with Tourism Victoria, Tourism Northern Territory, Qantas and leading UK tour operator Trailfinders to present the ‘Essence of Australia’ show garden.

Designed by respected Australian landscape designer Jim Fogarty – who also designed the Gardens’ gold medal-winning Australian Garden show garden at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – the Essence of Australia garden will feature a wide range of Australian native plants including several species that will grow well in the UK.

The ‘Essence of Australia’ garden will evoke the relaxed feel of Australia and our love of outdoor living, as well as celebrating the gardening landscapes of Victoria and the Northern Territory. It takes its design inspiration from the Rainbow Serpent, an iconic creature in Indigenous culture.

The Royal Botanic Gardens' Director and Chief Executive, Prof. Tim Entwisle, said the garden will inspire inbound tourists from UK and Europe to visit the Australian Garden and show people just how beautiful and diverse Australian flora can be.

“Participating in such a popular garden show also gives us a chance to highlight stunning Australian plants suitable growing in the UK and promote the conservation work of the Gardens  to an international audience.” 

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest flower show, attracting 154, 000 visitors and reaching 27 million Britons through a range of press coverage in 2013. The 2014 event is set to be bigger still, presenting a wonderful opportunity to promote the Australian Garden to an international audience of garden-lovers.

For full details, check out the media releases from the Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher, and the Royal Horticultural Society