As a yearly visitor to the Hampton Court Flower Show, I'll be enjoying much of the show's inspiration and fabulous florals this year, but I'm equally excited to see the fantastic gardening range provided by Forest Garden Products.
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which dates back to just 1990, has now established itself as the largest flower show in the world.
It is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in July of each year and straddles two banks of Long Water in Hampton Court Park.
It may not have the kudos of The Chelsea Flower Show, but what it lacks in blue ribands it more than makes up for with its wider appeal to everyday gardeners.
Particularly those that view gardening in a holistic manner with a concern for the greater environment, and the role every man and woman has to play in today’s evolving world.
I try to make my own small contribution and have planted out a small border full of lavender (lavandula hidcote) in my own garden this spring to help attract butterflies and bees.
These plants are also highly scented and vivid in bloom so they are also popular for those that want to plant a sensory garden.
(Pictured Right: My Lavender Border)
Plans During My 2017 Visit
I will be visiting Hampton Court Flower Show myself when it starts during the first week of July this year and visiting as many flower and plant stands as I can cram into my time there.
I am also interested in the manufacturers’ stands as I am always on the lookout for new suppliers for GardenSite but sometimes it is the established names that move out of their comfort zone and surprise you, which is great.
Established 50 years, Forest Garden Products fall into this category in more ways than one. By growing and replanting the timber they harvest and mill they provide habitats for very many more animals, birds and insects than anyone of us could possibly contribute but they have also taken note of our ageing population and have designed and built gardening products that consider them.
Raised planters, raised beds and vegetable troughs are just a few of the lines they have recently introduced to suit those that may be wheelchair gardeners, or just not as active as they once were. They also showcase an impressive array of garden arbours and furniture.
Forest Garden Products have been supporters of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show for many years where they not only exhibit but also listen to, and talk with, their customers. Guy Grainger, the Group Chief Executive will be there in person along with as many of the staff as he can release whilst still leaving the company efficient.
I will be popping in myself to see what they are exhibiting this year and if you can get along I suggest you do the same. I’ve been told the theme is around a British Summer’s Garden party as they celebrate five decades of making British gardens great. They are at Stand HC490 so just say Robert Hall sent you and tell them what you think as they are genuinely interested, as we all should be.
Hampton Court Flower Show is open from 4th to the 9th of July 2017.