Gold for first ‘gay’ garden at world’s biggest flower show

Lesbian couple’s stunning display tells a story about breaking down ignorance at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Gold for first ‘gay’ garden at world’s biggest flower show
10 July 2014

A green-fingered lesbian couple have won a prestigious Gold prize for their Stonewall Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The annual celebration in south-west London is the largest flower show in the world.

But it’s the first time Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has had a garden created in their honor.

It was created by garden designer Amanda Miller and her partner Emma Harvey.

Miller was inspired by the difficulties she faced growing up as a lesbian in a small country town.

The publicity material for the garden says it ‘shows visitors how breaking down the wall of ignorance – in the form of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia – reveals a Pride we can all celebrate’.

Stonewall’s director of fundraising Catherine Bosworth said: ‘We hope it can be a great way to raise awareness of the need to stamp out prejudice and homophobia.’

Up to 300,000 visitors are expected to see the garden by the time the show ends on 13 July.

One of them was Christopher Biggins, a gay actor currently in UK show Celebrity Masterchef, who helped the designers celebrate.

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