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The former home of King Henry VIII provides the stunning backdrop to one of Anglian Home Improvements most prestigious displays.

Hampton Court Palace hosts Britain's top flower show, bringing thousands of keen gardeners flocking to Surrey from all over the country.

Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, and spread over 25 acres it is the largest annual garden show in the world. Last year it attracted 175,000 visitors.

One of its main features is show gardens - where some of the top names in horticulture pit their design skills to gain coveted gold, silver, or bronze medals.

This year Anglian Home Improvements is sponsoring a show garden - with one of its white woodgrain effect conservatories as the main feature.

The garden design bloomed from a competition pitting the skills of nearly 30 third year students at Capel Manor College, Middlesex. The winner is Krista Grindley, who now runs a garden design company, Greenwork Designs.

The challenge was to bring to life Anglian's advertising claim - that a conservatory brings the garden into the home and extends the home into the garden. It also needed to be low maintenance with a keen emphasis on the environment.

Krista's response was an eye-catching creation using a combination of black and white tiles, black slate and the white of the Anglian Home Improvements Victorian style conservatory.

"We enlisted the help of Capel Manor as it has Anglian products featured in show gardens at the college” explained Melanie Russell Anglian Home Improvements' Head of Marketing.

Krista's design had to appeal to judges from Anglian Home Improvements, the editor of English Garden, and the Hampton Court show manager as well as tutors from Capel Manor.

"Her entry showed such individuality and met the brief in every way. I can't wait to see her plan transformed into reality".

"The conservatory is Victorian style utilising black and white floor tiles which were so popular in homes then.

"The tiles lead out from the conservatory and into the garden, where pathways also use black slate. Unusually the public will be able to walk through the garden - a stream is cleverly covered-over with glass, so they can walk on it.

Eye-catching features such as a Victorian fireplace echo the interior of a house.

The environmentally friendly elements of the design include boxes to entice ladybirds and lacewings for natural pest control and plants to attract butterflies and bees. There are several energy saving devices.

This is a garden for entertaining friends and relaxing, whatever the weather.

Capel Manor will assist with the garden creation and planting, while Anglian will provide its own teams to lay paths and assemble the conservatory.

There will be just three weeks to transform a 131 square foot patch of bare earth to a garden chasing one of those coveted medals.

The Hampton Court Palace flower show will be held from July 8 to 13. Tickets can be obtained by calling 0870 906 3791 or visiting

Notes to editors:

• Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s leading home improvements company. With more than 40 years’ experience and an annual turnover of £300million, Anglian ensures they are ahead of the competition with a continuing research and development programme.

• Anglian Home Improvements offers an extensive range of home improvement products, including windows, doors, conservatories, driveways, garage conversions, kitchens and roof trims.

• Anglian Home Improvements is the proud sponsor of Norfolk Police's initiative to establish 52 Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) across Norfolk, with dedicated Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) concentrating on ‘quality of life’ issues important to residents and businesses. Anglian’s sponsorship will enable Norfolk Police to launch a communications campaign raising awareness of the initiative and build public confidence.

• For further information on Anglian Home Improvements visit

For further information please contact:
Melanie Russell on 01603 405911 / 07850 309709

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