Some say that the best gardens evolve over time, that layers of beauty can only be added with the years. But garden shows demonstrate that it’s possible to build a garden of beauty and character in a matter of days.
But as we know, unfortunately the R.H.S. has had to cancel all their Shows this year. Hampton Court Palace Garden Show had been delayed from the usual July spot, until September. But the R.H.S., mindful of peoples safety, have had to delay it until next year.
Hampton Court is a favourite to visit, I designed two small show gardens there a few years ago, and it was a brilliant experience. But it’s not just nostalgia, the location is stunning, there are show gardens brimming with ideas.The Plant Marquee is one of the most popular places, choc full of tempting plants.
There’s lots of space to sit and have a picnic and possibly a glass of something fizzy. Though, speaking from experience, this is best at the end of your visit.
I’m always interested in sustainable gardening, and there are more examples every year.
Then there’s the delight of The Floral Marquee
The Rose Marquee is the place to see and smell a whole range of perfect roses, though it seems smaller now than it used to be. The really special thing, is being able to get advice from the growers, that goes for the Plant Marquee as well.
Have a look here for more information about how to pre-book for RHS gardens, they’re all open now, and which RHS Shows will be open next year.
Virtual Chelsea is still available here.
all photos: Jill Anderson