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Review : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 2nd to 8th July 2018

This year will be 28th 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.

One of the highlights of the show are the Show Gardens which this year feature Breckland Beauty, The Viking Cruises Nordic Lifestyle Garden, B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden, The Children with Cancer UK: Mr Happy and Mr Worry Hill. The South West Water Green Garden, The Limbcare Garden, Anton Chekhov’s Garden, Best of Both Worlds, A Place to Meet, The Landform Garden Bar, Secured by Design, The South Oxfordshire Landscape Garden, Southend Young Offenders’ A Place to Think, Elements Mystique and Brilliance in Bloom.

Visitors can look for exotic planting in the World Gardens including Santa Rita ’Living La Vida 120’ Garden, Great Gardens of the USA: The Oregon Garden. Great Gardens of the USA: The Charleston & South Carolina Garden, Rias de Galicia : A Garden at the End of the Earth.

The Lifestyle Gardens and Flower and Vegetable small plots encourage people to use even the smallest space to create a small garden. The Style and Design Garden, The Health and Wellbeing Garden, The Entertaining Garden and The Family Garden illustrate the importance of gardens in a social and wellbeing sense

One of the most poignant gardens is Battlefields to Butterflies which pays tribute to the 24 men of the Royal Parks who lost their life in the First World War. Visitors can walk around a series of trenches to see how nature can populate even in the most unlikely locations.

The Floral Marquee features top quality exhibits from some of the UK leading plant nurseries and the Festival of Roses celebrates the incredible variety of roses.

The Country Magazine Pavilion provides plenty of unusual gifts and ideas and visitors can enjoy talks in the Roses & Floristry Theatre, Potting Bench Theatre, Dig In Theatre and RHS Celebrity Theatre.

The showground has a special area for families to enjoy and there are plenty of food and drink outlets.

Other special features include influential landscape designer, nurseryman and author Piet Oudolf, the Dutch designer will be bringing his naturalistic style to the show, creating a walk through feature. The show also takes visitors on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of plants on earth.

‘Evolve: Through the Roots of Time’ will guide visitors through barren landscapes prior to the Cambrian era over 500 million years ago, to the lush tropical jungles of the Jurassic period, and into the present day. To celebrate 30 years of BBC’s Countryfile programme, there is a special wildlife garden to promote gardens for wildlife.

If you enjoy horticultural delights, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show with its wonderful location is a must attend event. Unlike Chelsea, the large Hampton Court show site means you can wander around the numerous attractions in relative freedom.  There are is also plenty of space around the showground to relax and enjoy the present hot conditions.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2 – 8 July 2018)

2 July                           Preview Evening, 5 – 10.30pm

3 – 4 July                    RHS members only

5 – 8 July                    RHS members and non-members

3 – 7 July                    10am – 7.30pm

8 July                          10am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4.00pm)

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Transport

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  from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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Preview : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 Highlights

From the 2nd to 8th  July, The Royal Horticultural Society’s largest flower festival will return to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with exciting new content for 2018 including iconic horticulture, a mass planting of Verbena bonariensis and an immersive feature taking visitors on an explorative journey through time.

For the first time ever at the show, RHS Hampton will be celebrating iconic figures of the horticultural world, welcoming influential landscape designer, nurseryman and author Piet Oudolf. Internationally acclaimed for transforming urban spaces, the Dutch designer will be bringing his iconic naturalistic style to the show, creating a whimsical walk through feature.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a purple meadow of Verbena bonariensis. Thousands of these delicate flowers will create a dazzling display of lilac, lavender and violet shades sweeping along the Long Water for visitors to wander through and enjoy this elegant summer flower.

The show will take visitors on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of plants on earth. ‘Evolve: Through the Roots of Time’ will guide visitors through barren landscapes prior to the Cambrian era over 500 million years ago, to the lush tropical jungles of the Jurassic period, and into the present day where visitors will walk through a meadow of flowering plants which first appeared during the Cretaceous time. Housed inside a dome structure and spilling out into the showground, the theatrical and educational experience will open curious minds to see how fossils were formed and seeds developed.

Floral Marquee highlights will see 85 specialist nurseries including eight National Plant Collection holders from Plant Heritage who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary. Salutation gardens, Moore & Moore, English Iris Company, Hedgehog Plant and Garden Nursery, Limecross and New Forest Hosta are amongst the new floral exhibitors at this year’s Show, alongside Hampshire Carnivorous Plants who will return as the Master Grower 2018.

Other highlights include the inspirational gardens and annual Festival of Roses which will bring an incredible mix of colour and scent.  

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2 – 8 July 2018)

2 July                           Preview Evening, 5 – 10.30pm

3 – 4 July                    RHS members only

5 – 8 July                    RHS members and non-members

3 – 7 July                    10am – 7.30pm

8 July                          10am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4.00pm)

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Ticket prices range from £19.50 to £39.50.

Each full-paying adult may bring two children aged 16 and under free of charge to the show. Please note this does not apply to the Preview Evening where no under 16s are permitted.

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and the latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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Review : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 30th June to 5th July 2015

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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.

It is the size of the showground that makes Hampton Court Flower Show very different from Chelsea with much more room to explore the gardens and the displays.

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The issue of small gardens in particular are in the news,  A new RHS campaign, Greening Grey Britain was launched in April to reverse the trend in declining green spaces after it was found that three times as many front gardens are now paved over compared to ten years ago – more than half of all gardens in London contain no plants. This is a cause for concern on many levels with plenty of evidence that green spaces play a major part in promoting health and wellbeing.

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The Wellbeing of Women Garden champions the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Wellbeing of Women is a charity that funds research into issues that affect women’s health. Garden designers Wendy von Buren, Claire Moreno and Amy Robertson were inspired by personal experience, to champion the charity’s work and shine a spotlight on the health benefits of gardening.

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. Dominating the Grow zone is the Floral Marquee  where you can see award-winning nurseries from the UK and abroad and buy from a large selection of beautiful plants.

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Next to the Floral Marquee is The Plant Village with a wide range of stands to find those gifts and Plant Heritage where you can  get specialist advice .

Food is the priority in the Feast zone , 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.

Over the week top  cooking and growing experts will be demonstrating their skills including James Wong, Greg Wallace, Rachel de Thame and Rachel Allen.

There is plenty of top food outlets around the showground to explore and many producers have stands in the Great Tastes market.

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One of the highlights of the show is the small gardens that encourages and inspires visitors to think about contemporary garden design.  There are a large number of  Show Gardens, Conceptual Gardens and Summer Gardens, World gardens celebrating  Turkey, Sri Lanka, USA, Normandy and the Aegean  give the show an international feel.

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This year there are Historical Gardens that celebrate Winnie the Pooh, the Magna Carta and the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Other highlights of the show are the Festival of Roses, Floristry Marquee  and top gardeners giving talks in the RHS Celebrity Theatre.

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The show has everything for the horticultural minded with a large number of trade stands and RHS stands that tell you more about the work of the RHS and give advice and information about community and gardening groups.

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The show has its own child’s area marked by a giant scarecrow, other scarecrows can decorated by children for a competition. Children are entertained in a number of ways including a Kid’s Cookery School.

With good weather expected for this week, the Hampton Court Flower Show will be a popular destination for plant lovers, in its picturesque setting next to Hampton Court Palace and the Thames it offers a great deal to visitors.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Show times

Tuesday to Saturday (30 June – 4 July) 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday (5 July)10am – 5.30pm *

* (plant sell off 4.30pm)

Tickets

Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only

Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.

Transport

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

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 30th June to 5th July 2015

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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.

Grow

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.

Feast

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

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

Celebrity Theatre

Show times

Tuesday to Saturday (30 June – 4 July) 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday (5 July)10am – 5.30pm *

* (plant sell off 4.30pm)

Tickets

Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only

Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.

Transport

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

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
To find out more visit the website here