Hampton Court Palace Flower Show that opens today (5 July) has something to offer everyone, with show gardens, talks, trade stands and plenty more. Nathan James Dodd attended the Press Day and was impressed with how much there is to see.
Summer is really gathering pace now and we hope that you've been enjoying our blogs on this year's gardening events.
We have already reported on the Chelsea Flower Show, Gardeners' World Live and the HTA National Plant Show. Next week Gardensite is off to the Hampton Court Flower Show, a unique day out in a majestic setting.
First held in 1990, the Royal Horticultral Society took over the reins in 1993 and the annual event has gone on to become the largest of flower show in the world.
'Grow', where keen gardeners will find a floral marquee with ninety-five nursery displays. There's also a plant village and a hands-on area with demonstrations on how to improve horticultural techniques. RHS advisors will be on-hand to offer expert tips.
'Inspire' will encourage visitors to re-think their preconceptions of contemporary garden design, with horticultural creations pushing boundaries and championing innovation. There'll be inspiring show and conceptual gardens that have themes as diverse as the seven deadly sins and Australians' outfoor lifestyle.
'Escape' is where visitors have the chance to get into the community spirit or relax within a new nature feature. There'll be show and summer gardens including some specifically designed for those of us on a tight budget.
The Growing Taste marquee will have a variety of fine foods and fresh produce as well as a cookery theatre. In addition, tradestands will be packed with lifestyle products and there'll be over 100 artists and craftspeople selling their stylish creations. There's also a Rose Marquee and a celebration of RHS Britain in Bloom.
And if you're in need of specialist help, the RHS advice stand will be manned by society staff who can give advice plus information about community and gardening groups
If all this, plus live music in an exciting festival atmosphere appeals to you, then the Hampton Court Flower Show is on from Tuesday 8 July – Sunday 13 July.
For those of you who can't make it, watch out for our blogs next week and you can read all about it.
Nathan James Dodd
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