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Brand USA ‘Great Gardens of the USA’ to exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

by Diane - April 15th, 2017.
Filed under: Places to visit.

Brand USA ‘Great Gardens of the USA’ to exhibit at
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Partners, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Charleston, and Oregon team up for a U.S. showcase


Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the United States, has announced a trio of USA gardens at this summer’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which will take place 3rd – 9th July 2017.


Partnering with The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Explore Charleston, South Carolina and Travel Oregon, Brand USA will be bringing floral flavour to the UK, showcasing each destination through specially designed and built gardens for the flower show.  This follows the United States’ presence at previous events.


Titled “Great Gardens of the USA,” The Charleston Garden, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel Garden and The Oregon Garden have all been designed by UK-based designer Sadie May Stowell, who has worked with Brand USA on five award-winning gardens over the past two years.


For the 2017 event, Stowell will seek to capture the essence of the historic Moonlight Garden of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida; the romanticism of Charleston, South Carolina, and the International Rose Test Garden of Portland, Oregon, and will bring to life the diverse culture and stunning landscapes of those destinations.


The three “Great Gardens of the USA” will showcase the diversity of the urban outdoors and neighbourhoods of the United States’ cities and towns. The gardens allow spectators to connect to the destinations’ unique culture and heritage by experiencing the plantings and landscapes of the local parks and gardens that define each destination, inspiring viewers to visit the destinations for themselves to experience the USA’s great and urban outdoors in person.


“Showcasing the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, the Historic Charleston and Resort Beaches, as well as the state of Oregon through the development of these inspirational gardens will provide visitors to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with a real sense of the diversity and beauty of these three destinations,” said Christopher L. Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA. “From our urban gardens to National Parks, we look forward to welcoming more international visitors to explore the diverse escapes and natural wonders across the USA.”


While encompassing the spirit, charm, and elegance of Charleston, the Charleston Garden will offer a sense of the history, the sub-tropical climate and the atmosphere of this southern city. The design takes its inspiration from Charleston’s iconic Pineapple Fountain within Charleston Waterfront Park, an emblem that embodies the southern romance of Charleston as a destination.


In Florida, the historic Moonlight Garden at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers is a beautiful contemplative garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, the first female landscape architect in the United States.  This year’s show garden will take inspiration from the Moonlight Garden, incorporating Thomas Edison’s profound inventions including the phonograph and the light bulb. The garden’s main components will include a central water feature to reflect the moon and stars, with trellises of bougainvillea providing living fences along each side. The main colours of the flowers are white and blue, and the garden will include a replica of Edison’s office, a wooden building with an exposed brick chimney, visible behind a reflective pool.


The Oregon Garden will be a tribute to the renowned Portland International Rose Test Garden, which is celebrating its centennial this year. The garden will incorporate a water feature based on the central fountain in the Rose Test Garden, as well as an ‘East meets West’ theme, bringing in elements of Portland’s acclaimed Japanese and Chinese gardens. The backdrop will include rocky outcrops to convey Oregon’s mountainous topography and the natural beauty of the Oregon landscape.  This comes at a time when travelling to Oregon has become much easier for UK travellers to visit because of a new direct flight that Delta will launch on 27th May 2017, from London Heathrow to Portland International Airport.

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