5 July 2010 - Girlguiding Centenary Garden wins Silver-Gilt at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The Girlguiding Centenary Garden has been awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010.

Designed by Philippa Pearson, six-time RHS medal winner, the garden explores modern guiding and the experiences of Girlguiding’s half a million members. Philippa was also inspired by the views of Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years) and Guides (10-14 years) and what they thought the garden should include.

The Girlguiding Centenary Garden has five main areas and its entrance recognises the beginnings of the organisation by using plants that were commonly available in 1909, planted in the style of Gertrude Jekyll – one of the foremost female garden designers of the time. The remaining four areas reflect the elements that members say make Girlguiding a unique and thriving organisation.

Guiding's provision for a space for 'girl time' is represented by a tent-like tensile structure for activities. Guiding's open-to-all, active encouragement and supporting diversity policy is shown by an area with international and unusual vegetables, fruit and herbs. Members are shown on film taking part in a range of activities, representing guiding's evolution to remain relevant to today’s girls. A turf landform with a chill-out area for thinking and discussion represents how girls in guiding have their views and opinions heard.

Garden designer Philippa Pearson said: 'This has been the most exciting and fun show garden I’ve created and it has been a real privilege to work with Girlguiding. The garden and everyone in the organisation deserves this Silver-Gilt Medal, it’s been a real team effort to get the ideas off the ground and the garden constructed. Well done girls!'

Claire Rees, from Girlguiding, said: 'Winning a Silver-Gilt Medal during our Centenary year is a fantastic achievement for everyone who has been involved with creating the garden, from the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members, who shared their opinions with Philippa last year, to the volunteers who helped with the construction of the show garden, and of course Philippa herself.

'Watching the Girlguiding Centenary Garden take shape, from ideas and drawings to a fully-fledged interactive garden that is led by the experience of today’s girls and young women, has been an incredible experience.'

The Girlguiding Show Garden was also visited by the organisation’s President HRH the Countess of Wessex on 5 July.

In addition to the show garden, 24 groups of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides have created plant displays in recycled or reclaimed containers and girls have used items such as barbeques, lobster pots, umbrellas, and even a prosthetic leg, to create their displays.

Guides and the Senior Section (aged 14-25 years) have put together balconies designed around the theme of Girlguiding’s Centenary Ultimate Adventures, which include sailing around the British Isles, trekking to Everest Base Camp and supporting development projects in Africa.


The Girlguiding gardenOur award-winning garden

HRH Countess of Wessex Angela Rippon with Chief Guide Liz Burnley

Angela Rippon with Guides

Notes to editors

For more information or interviews contact Jessica Peters on 020 7592 1733 or jessica.peters@girlguiding.org.uk 

The attached photos show the Silver-Gilt Medal-winning Girlguiding Centenary Garden. Further photos and plant lists are available.

For more information about Philippa Pearson visit http://www.philippapearson.co.uk/ (this link opens in a new window)

Girlguiding is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around half a million members and recognised volunteers. Over a third of girls and young women (aged seven to 21) are involved in guiding or have been in the past, and almost half of all the women in the UK have been involved in guiding at some stage in their lives. We run Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and the Senior Section, enabling girls and young women to develop their potential whatever their ability or background. We are striving to offer new opportunities to a broad diversity of communities through our expanding network of 60,000 trained volunteer Leaders.

At Girlguiding we seek to give girls a voice and provide a unique, girl-only space where members feel comfortable just being themselves. Our members, challenged by a girl-led programme that extends beyond badges, enjoy a spectrum of activities from outdoor adventure to pop-concerts to community action.

Girlguiding, part of a worldwide Movement of approximately 10 million girls and young women in 145 countries, launched its Centenary celebrations in September 2009. Registered Charity No: 306016.

Guiding has had a positive impact on girls' lives for the past 100 years.