RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Hurtigruten proudly sponsored a show garden at the 2023 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival to celebrate 130 years of sailing the Norwegian Coastline. Our garden, designed by Max Parker-Smith won a Silver-Gilt Award.

The Relation-Ship Garden

The idea for the garden stemmed from the 130-year-long relationship Hurtigruten has built with its Norwegian coastal farmers; a sustained alliance that is based on trust and respect.

The attention of the design, however, focuses more on the importance of the farmer and the health of the connection he has with his land. This intends to highlight what a significant role this plays in the overall success of the supply chain to sea expeditionists.

After his many years of hard work on the farm, the farmer has chosen to borrow an area of his land so that he can create a place for a touch of personal rejuvenation and horticultural experimentation. He has chosen to use materials and a building practice that is more sympathetic to his land, favoring reclaimed timber to build a modern boardwalk and reclaimed granite to build a terrace that offers the best seat in the house for a view over the lake. Being a Scandinavian-inspired garden, a sense of discovery and outdoor adventure has been considered when designing the various routes and pathways into and around the space. Large, locally sourced Granite boulders can be seen throughout the garden, acting like sleeping giants mimicking the Norwegian coastal landscape, that one can climb onto and walk across.

Inspired by the productive nature of his land, various edible plants can be seen planted amongst an array of more ornamental flowers and an exciting selection of trees.

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Take a Video Tour

Join Max as he takes you through the Hurtigruten Relation-Ship garden.

Meet the Designer

Max Parker-Smith, Maximillian Design

Max graduated from The Inchbald School of Design in 2018 and has gone on to feature at more than one of the RHS shows; one of his recent achievements being his participation at Tatton Flower Show in the Young Designers category, where he received a Silver Gilt for his contemporary & sustainably designed garden. Even more recently he designed a 5* awarded space for Indian Ocean at Chelsea Flower Show this year, as well undertaking the RHS planting around the show ground. Max’s love for horticulture comes through in his plant heavy designs which complement a sympathetic choice of hard materials. He is based in South London working across all the surrounding counties.

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