RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2021

david austin roses bring a joyful rainbow of roses to hampton court palace garden festival 2021

David Austin Roses' unique and uplifting ‘Rainbow of Roses’, allows visitors of Hampton Garden Festival to immerse themselves in a spectrum of colour and blooms. Designed to be socially distanced, the wooden benches provide an opportunity for visitors to sit and reflect on the past year.

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A myriad of colours, styles and fragrances to explore

Deep Pink, Red, Orange & Apricot Roses

To the left side of the rainbow you will find a warm spectrum of reds, deep pinks, orange and apricot roses. This planter is bright, hopeful and full of invigorating colour. Particular favourites include the deep rich red-pink blooms of Gabriel Oak, the ombré flowers of Port Sunlight and the large saucer-like blooms of Princess Alexandra of Kent, one of our charity roses for 2021.

Yellow, Cream & White Roses

At the heart of the rainbow you will find Nye Bevan (new for 2021) nestled neatly between yellow and white rose varieties. The central corten steel planter features a seat which allows you to be surrounded by blooms. The combination of different bloom styles is key in this central section with the large single blooms of Tottering-by-Gently combining exquisitely with the plentiful large blooms of The Poet's Wife and the smaller blooms of The Country Parson.

Pink and Purple Roses

On the right hand side of the rainbow you will find a cortex steel planter full of pink and purple roses. The range of shades of pink roses is a sight to behold, from the palest pinks like Gentle Hermione, to fresh mid pinks like Olivia Rose Austin and the irresistible bright pink of the ever famously fragrant Gertrude Jekyll. 

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2021 Photo Gallery

See the wonderful Rainbow of Roses in all its glory. Photos of visitors to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2021 enjoying the floral installation, close ups of the rose varieties and behind the scenes images showing the set up of the 10-meter-wide steel structure.

David Austin Rainbow or Roses at Hampton Court Palace Festival 2021
David Austin Rainbow or Roses at Hampton Court Palace Festival 2021

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From crimson reds to palest apricots, which shade is your favourite?

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Plant in a spectrum of colours

Combine strong, vibrant colours for a bright rainbow effect.

Nature is joyful, restorative, cruel and uncontrollable but most of all beautiful. 

Modern, rusted steel planters will make the rose blooms pop

Nye Bevan at Hampton Court Flower Stands
Nye Bevan at Hampton Court Flower Stands

New FOR 2021, Nye Bevan

In 2021 we celebrated both our NHS and the outdoor havens that we have relied so heavily on by naming our new rose release for 2021, ‘Nye Bevan’ (Auspital). Named after the founder of the NHS, we are honoured to have the blessing of the Bevan Family and support of the Aneurin Bevan Society in introducing this uplifting variety, whose light and airy blooms radiate hope and positivity. There are more than 240 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster.

David Austin Roses Cut Flowers at Hampton Court Flower Show
David Austin Roses Cut Flowers at Hampton Court Flower Show

David Austin roses in other gardens

The cut flower garden represents the essence of garden designer Carien Van Boxtel's working garden during the pandemic. The garden includes a collection of David Austin Roses and takes inspiration from the Dutch flower fields with their repetitive ribbons of colourful blooms.
Designed by Nikki Tibbles of Wild At Heart, the Rose Tea Garden takes inspiration from the Edwardian era, and is a refuge of serenity and a place to enjoy a cup of tea in an atmosphere of tranquility. Shrub roses including Desdemona and Gabriel Oak fill the garden bed and are underplanted with grey foliage of perennials and annual bedding.

A History of Health, Giving and Roses

The Alexandra Rose Charity first sold silk and real roses back in 1912 to raise money towards healthcare services before the NHS has been founded providing accessible healthcare at the point of need for all. The National Garden Scheme, which allows us to visit and enjoy so many fabulous private gardens each year was founded in 1927 to raise money for district nurses.
At David Austin Roses we have been donating to health charities since 2016 with donations from the Roald Dahl (Ausowlish) rose reaching £100,000 towards Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity which provides specialist nurses and support for seriously ill children. Sales of the James L. Austin English Shrub Roses also raised funds for Parkinson's UK and Cure Parkinson's to help research into Parkinson's disease.