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This year will be 25th year of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993.
Although it lacks the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a Royal setting and in a relatively short time has established itself as one of the world’s largest flower shows.
Each year the show has particular themes and this year they are Grow, Feast and Inspire.
In Grow, keen gardeners have access to a range of nursery displays and plant stalls, with RHS advisors on hand to offer expert tips to take back to their own gardens.
Floral Marquee – see award-winning nurseries from the UK and abroad and buy from a large selection of beautiful plants
The Plant Village – has attractive and inspirational stands to shop and browse
Plant Heritage – get advice and hear about the plants that specialists are passionate about and find something truly unique to take home
Four Historical Gardens
Flower Boxes displaying different growing styles and schemes to inspire every gardener.
The Just Retirement Garden
In Feast, visitors can find out how to grow their favourite vegetables, taste a wealth of fine foods and take away growing ideas to try at home.
A variety of fine foods, fresh produce and plants to try and buy
The entertaining Feast Cookery Theatre.
Inspiring Show Gardens and features
Inspire encourages visitors to re-think their preconceptions of contemporary garden design, with horticultural creations pushing boundaries and championing innovation.
A fantastic selection of Show Gardens and Summer Gardens with the World gardens making a welcome return and offering the show an exciting international feel
The popular Conceptual Gardens will be on the theme of ‘sensations’ – this will get designers thinking. New this year, is a wildcard option available for exceptional designs that are ‘off-theme’.
Tradestands – new sheds, pots, irrigation systems and more.
Country Living Magazine Pavilion – artists and crafts people selling stylish products
Festival of Roses – sumptuous displays of this old garden favourite
Floristry Marquee – displays the best in creative floral art
The RHS Hub – where visitors can get ideas for their own front gardens, explore a science garden and learn about the work of the RHS
RHS Gardening Advice stand where visitors can get advice and information about community and gardening groups
Tuesday to Saturday (30 June – 4 July) 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday (5 July)10am – 5.30pm *
* (plant sell off 4.30pm)
Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only
Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.
Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride (£2.50 for a single journey) from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station (£6 single, £7.50 return).
To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here
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