Last week I headed to London to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. I was there as a guest of Zoflora to see their ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ show garden. This is the first year that Zoflora have sponsored a garden at the Flower Show, so it was very exciting to be a part of it and enjoy the garden before it was open to the public the next day.
Zoflora, the leading disinfectant brand revealed a unique garden design dedicated to Yorkshire which is where the product is manufactured. Alongside award-winning garden designer Helen Elks-Smith they used this strong Yorkshire heritage to create a beautiful garden, showing off the key elements that the county is famous for, within the garden.
The garden, entitled ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ was inspired by Yorkshire’s rolling countryside showcased by the gentle undulations of the garden which represented the hills and dales. A stream flowed through the garden full of the beautiful and unique Yorkshire stone, leading to a a curved drystone wall and a seating area from which to view the beautiful garden.
I particularly loved the wildness of the all the flowers used and the way they were designed to surround the main features. The varied colours and textures looked great against the dramatic stone and were chosen to provide fragrance throughout the year, which is great idea. The garden was a lovely place to spend a few hours and was definitely a relaxing place to be.
To celebrate the unveiling of the garden, Zoflora teamed up with the very lovely Lucy-Jo Hudson who wore a bespoke costume designed by students from the University of Huddersfield’s ‘Costume with Textiles’ course. Sixteen students entered the competition to have their costumes appear at the show, from which five finalists were chosen. The outfit worn by very proud Yorkshire girl Lucy-Jo paid homage to the garden, the county of the ‘White Rose’, and the new Zoflora fragrance. Two other costumes were also chosen to appear at the show, and it was really lovely to see how proud the students were to see their designs showcased in this way.
Zoflora also revealed a brand new fragrance at the show, dedicated to Yorkshire, called ‘Green Valley’ – a fresh and uplifting fragrance, incorporating hints of Lily of the Valley and apple with an underlying woody scent. As with all Zoflora products, Green Valley is a concentrated disinfectant and kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, helping to protect your family from harmful germs, whilst eliminating odours. It can be used all over the home – from rubbish bins, to drains, worktops to floors, toilets to sinks.
I will be reviewing the new fragrance soon. I had a sniff of the Zoflora fragrances on the day and I was surprised how nice they were! They smelt so real and not artificially fragranced like other products, which is because Zoflora use oils extracted from flowers. The new fragrance ‘Green Valley’ will be available from the end of July at Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco and Asda.
I had such a lovely time at the Flower Show with Zoflora. It was so interesting learning about the garden and meeting the people responsible for creating it. Helen Elks-Smith was very nervous about the awards later that day, so I was delighted to find out that the Zoflora garden won a gold medal as well as an award for construction! I loved the ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ garden, and just how real and natural it seemed – exactly my taste.
What do you think of Zoflora’s garden, and the costumes? Let me know!
I was invited to the Flower Show press day by Zoflora, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.