KLC Alumni take top prizes at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022


KLC is delighted to share exciting news, updates and award winners from the 2022 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. This event is one of the world’s largest flower show that provides colour, inspiration and good times to your summer, all in a magnificent setting.

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KLC Alumni sweep up top awards

Matthew Childs - Gold medal, Best in Construction and the top prize BEST IN SHOW!

Matt Child's Gold, Best Construction and Best in Show awards from RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022

Congratulations to 2007 KLC Diploma Garden Design Alumnus and award-winning designer Matthew Childs for being awarded a Gold Medal (Show Garden), Best in Construction (Show Garden) and Best in Show for his 'Over the Wall Garden, supported by Takeda'

 The RHS shared the following about Over The Wall Garden,

"The garden is a conceptual space to highlight the great work conducted by Over The Wall (OTW) children’s charity and Japanese healthcare company Takeda, who support children living with rare and serious illnesses or disability, and their families. Over The Wall champions the voices of these children and encourages them to reach beyond the boundaries of their illness and discover a world of mischief, magic and new possibilities. "

Inspired by this, the circular garden invites visitors to step ‘over the wall’ and enter an uplifting, joyful space. A winding path leads visitors towards a ‘sunrise’ circular opening in the wall, symbolising new possibilities. On the way, they pass vivid planting, which references the colours of the charity’s Brilliance Beads (awarded to children who attend OTW camps), and elements of Japanese aesthetic representing Takeda’s Japanese heritage."

KLC Diploma Garden Design Course Leader, and Garden Designer, Humaira Ikram, ran the planting team on this Gold award-winning garden.


Toni Bowater and Lucy Welsh

Wooden Spoon Silver Gilt and Best on Construction Awards from RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Congratulations to 2021 graduates Toni Bowater and Lucy Welsh, for their successful 'The Wooden Spoon Garden' and for being awarded a Silver Gilt Medal and the Construction Award (Get Started and Global Impact Gardens). As this is their first 6 months since their graduation, this is truly a great achievement!

The RHS shared,

"Following a poll on social media, The Wooden Spoon Garden is a reimagining of a conventional garden as a low-maintenance space, designed for maximum use, to encourage those who may be afraid of gardening.

A sunken terrace replaces a lawn, offering privacy and a sense of seclusion. It is stocked with easy-to-grow, everyday plants, such as Astrantia, Heuchera and Penstemon, which are attractive to pollinators. A statement tree and the suggestion of a pergola add height and a bird-care zone with a terracotta wall provide part of the boundary." 

Pandora Ryan

KLC Diploma Garden Design Alumna and current KLC tutor Pandora Ryan, who designed KLC’s 2022 Chelsea Flower Show stand, designed the events planters around Hampton Court.

KLC's Current Garden Diploma Students

KLC's current Garden Design Diploma students received an exclusive pre-show opening tour where designers spoke to them regarding their gardens and the process of bringing their designs to life. Most students have volunteered on the build for both gardens all week, gaining valuable industry experience.

Current student, Julia Hill, shared the following about working on Matthew Childs's Best in Show, Gold Garden,

"Working on a show garden has given me a great opportunity to develop skills and understanding in the design process from presenting a concept to realising this idea in a setting. In particular, I have had the opportunity to learn about so many different plants and combining these for and effective show. Thank you KLC for providing such amazing opportunities to experience working with professional designers and landscapers at RHS shows.”

Well done to all involved. It's great to see Alumni separated by 14 years from the same KLC Diploma Garden Design Course winning big at this prestigious event as it shows the consistency and quality of studying at KLC School of Design, now part of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.