Sandringham Flower Show 2022

The Kitchen Garden

The garden we have constructed this year is based on my design drawn in 2019, ready for the 2020 show, but as we all know a lot has happened since then.

So we fast forward to 2022, I have made some modifications to the design, but the main features of the 2019 design remain the same and the garden still remains relevant, probably even more so today. The garden focuses on outdoor living, and those of us fortunate enough to have gardens, became even more aware of the importance of that green space, beyond our back door throughout lock down.

As the gardens name suggests, the design centres around an outdoor kitchen and dining area, enveloped with plants. But as the traditional meaning and use of a kitchen garden was to provide fruit, vegetables and herbs for the house, the garden also fulfils this definition too. There are areas of the garden with raised beds specifically for the growing of vegetables and herbs. But vegetables and herbs are also grown all around the garden, grown alongside the flowers, so benefiting from the plants leaf, colour or structure within the border.

The style of planting is naturalistic, not trying to mimic a wildflower meadow and the way plants grow together, but give that sort of feeling with mainly cultivated forms of annuals, perennials and grasses growing along side by side, with some more formal elements both living and structural.

The Kitchen Garden Construction

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 Please click on the image above to see a timelapse video of the garden construction and …. de-construction!

Caley Forestry Natural timber and logs tel. 01366 347404 

Kitchens Etc Bespoke Kitchen designs tel. 01328 823111 

Klein Redwolf Ltd Electrical contractors tel. 01223 872515 

M & B Distributors (Cambs) Ltd Compost and Horticultural products tel. 01945 773661 

Norfolk Quality Plants British grown Shrubs and Perennials 

NRS Landscape Centre Ltd Natural Stone paving and Garden features tel.01366 728998

 Suffolk Norfolk Life Magazine Media/Magazine coverage 

Thanks also to Clarkes of Walsham and Tracy Whinray.


Most of the plants within the garden were available for sale at the end of the show, we also had some additional plants for purchase during the day. 20% of these sales were donated to support the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

 I would like to thank all all of the dedicated Thistlefield team for their help in constructing the garden, both on the show ground and the many hours preparation prior to the show. Also the support of the gardens sponsors below, without whom it would not have been possible to build this garden.