A Moveable Feast - from Hampton Court Flower Show 2013
At Hampton Court this week one of the gardens that really captured my imagination was A Moveable Feast designed with Army Wives in mind.
Forces families often move location at short notice so making a garden your own can be a thankless task but if you enjoy gardening and growing your own fruit and vegetables it's really nice to have that experience as a family.
This garden was designed by Kate Turner who has appeared on Gardeners World, she is involved with Flourish Community Garden which is supported by Surrey Heath Borough Council and is a real hub of the community - not just for army wives but many other groups including adults with special needs and children's groups. It plays host to a variety of events which are open to the public and have proved very popular.
The army wives became involved with the Community Garden as volunteers and as they are frequently relocated they were looking for ideas they could develop for their own gardens and to find ways of growing produce they could take with them and so the theme for A Moveable Feast was born!
They began planting a wide variety of edible plants in inexpensive, quirky and attractive containers so they could be taken with them when they move on - which makes perfect sense. In order to keep the budget low they used whatever containers they could find that were cheap and cheerful and could be moved or replaced at very little cost - and what a mixed lot of containers they are!
They planted vegetables herbs and flowers in anything and everything from garden trugs to tin cans, bags-for-life and even old army boots - this really is proper recycling!
It's a treat to find something so simple and innovative that can be used anywhere by anyone - keep your eye on your boots and shoes as children especially will love this garden!