Gardeners Amanda Miller and Emma Harvey were joined by Celebrity Masterchef’s Christopher Biggins this week to unveil their Pride themed garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The display has been created to support Stonewall’s work and raise awareness of equality for LGBT people.
The Stonewall Garden was unveiled to critical acclaim as Flower Show judges awarded the designers a gold prize for their vision of celebrating Pride and LGBT equality.
‘We were so excited to be able to support Stonewall and their work. The fact that we received a Gold award for the garden is such an incredible honour. We’ve worked so hard to bring this concept to life and we hope that the thousands of visitors will enjoy the work and be inspired to get involved and support Stonewall.’
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), is the largest flower show in the world. The show features spectacular gardens and displays from participants from all over the world. The Stonewall Garden features in the prominent ‘Inspire’ area of the Flower Show where more than 300,000 visitors are expected throughout the week.
The garden has been inspired by the designers own experiences and the difficulties that she faced growing up as a lesbian in a small country town. The stunning garden shows visitors how breaking down the wall of ignorance – in the form of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia – reveals a Pride we can all celebrate.
‘At Stonewall we’re always keen to get involved with new events and projects. This is definitely a first for Stonewall and it’s inspiring to see people wanting to support our work in different ways. The Stonewall Garden will be seen by thousands of people this week – many of whom won’t have been engaged with our work before. We hope it can be a great way to raise awareness of the need to stamp out prejudice and homophobia.’
Catherine Bosworth, Stonewall’s Director of Fundraising