Turkish gardens awarded gold at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Nilufer Danis’ Garden of Paradise has won the prize for the Best World Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – one of the largest flower shows in the world.

Nilufer Danis with her prize for 'Garden of Paradise'
Nilufer Danis with her prize for ‘Garden of Paradise’

Sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture and located in the newly created World and Historical Gardens section, Danis’ design is a contemporary summer space inspired by 10th century Islamic-Turkish gardens.

It features strong geometric architecture, a pavilion for shade, and water fountains and canals that create a cooling effect. The hard landscaping is softened with rich flora that blooms in Turkey.

Originally from Turkey, Danis is an award-winning landscape architect who moved to the UK in 2000 to pursue her studies.

In recent years, her stunning creations have won prizes at both the Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. She was recently commissioned by the Gibraltar government to create a new Commonwealth Park, where she transformed a car park in the heart of a port town into a soft, sustainable and inspiring green space.

Another Turkish landscape gardener was also awarded a gold medal for her show garden. Supported by Noble Caledonia, Esra Parr brings the Spirit of the Aegean to Hampton Court, designing a bright, vibrant yet tranquil Mediterranean garden that serves as the perfect setting for a family summer holiday in Turkey.

You can see both gardens and much more at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which runs until this Sunday, 5th July. Details about the gardens, events and tickets are available from the Royal Horticultural Society’s website online.

Gold medal winner: Esra Parr’s ‘Spirit of the Aegean’. Photo: RHS