Published: 24 July 2012
The Swiss Alpine Garden
We take a look at the garden funded by the Swiss Tourist Board, on show at RHS Hampton Court 2012.

The sound of music from an Alpine horn sounded amid the miniature mountains and genuine Swiss alpine meadows displayed in the Swiss Tourism board garden at the recent RHS Hampton Court Palace Show.

Music played on an alpine horn.
The multi-award winning designer, Sadie May Stowell, had been inspired by the country's landscape and clear air to create a garden that really did bring a bit of Switzerland to the Home Counties. This was her fourth garden at Hampton Court.
For added authenticity, the meadow turf had even been dug from the side of a Swiss mountain and shipped over for the show. It contained many native plants including; Aster alpinus, Papaver alpinum, Centauria montana, and of course the Edelweiss, Leontopodium alpinum.
The mountain, streams and lakes were also represented with impressive boulders and gravel water courses running down to the lower ‘lake’.

'Year of Water'

Members of the Swiss Tourism Board, who sponsored the garden, were at the show to promote the country as a genuinely beautiful summer holiday destination with the theme of 'The Great Outdoors' being a major part of any holiday. 2012 has been nominated as the ‘Year of Water’ by the Swiss in celebration of their lakes, rivers and glaciers.  

‘The Swiss Alpine Garden’ was designed and built to reflect this natural beauty and the silver guilt medal reflected the high standards expected throughout the country.


Sadie May Stowell with her creation.

The rolling hills of Switzerland, in miniature.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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