How Green Does Your Garden Grow?

How Green Does Your Garden Grow?

Devon garden designer Tom Simpson is being supported by South West Water as he creates his first Show Garden at the prestigious Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which runs from 3 to 8 July 2018.

The Royal Horticultural Society announced today (14 February) that The South West Water Green Garden has been accepted as one of only six show gardens in its category.

The garden, designed by Tom, aged 28 from Kingswear near Dartmouth, showcases many of the attributes of a sustainable rain garden, treating water as a precious resource and helping to reduce run-off from hard surfaces which can overload drains and cause flooding.

The design features a large raised bowl of water surrounded by curved hedging, a mini-rain garden or swale, and a swirl of flood tolerant plants, underpinned by sweeping drifts of free-draining gravel to create a permeable surface.

Tom said:

“I’m thrilled that my design has been accepted for display at such a prestigious and popular event. The South West Water Green Garden is inspired by the recyclability of water as a precious resource. Its fluid design aims to encourage residents and communities to think about the sustainable management of water in our gardens and the wider urban environment, helping to reduce flood risk. Without South West Water’s support I wouldn’t have been able to realise a life-long dream so early in my career.”


Alan Hyde, South West Water’s Head of Community Relations, added:

“It’s great to support home-grown talent and to showcase our Downstream Thinking initiative. This involves working with nature to protect homes and public spaces from flooding, creating more resilient communities.

In an age of paved patios and concrete driveways, each one of us can take a few simple steps to conserve water and protect our local environment, such as collecting water from roofs in water butts for re-use, adopting permeable paving or creating swales to store rainwater before it drains away naturally.”


The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is visited by 140,000 people a year, including many from the South West, and is the world’s largest annual flower show.

After the Show, The South West Water Green Garden will be recycled and relocated to Exeter to become part of a landscaped area outside the company’s head office on Rydon Lane, demonstrating the benefits of Sustainable Drainage Systems and effective rainwater management.


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