The R.H.S. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show doesn’t open untill the 3-8 July, but I went along this morning for a little preview.
The Showground is busy with exibitors putting the finishing touches to their show gardens, nurseries setting up in the Floral marquee and the judges scrutinising the gardens. Medal winners are announced tomorrow evening.
This is one of the Conceptual Gardens, called ‘Uprising’, designed as a response to last years riots in London and showing how horticultur and naturalistic planting can benefit cities.
Regular readers will know that I’ve got a thing about graffiti, so I was really drawn to this garden. The dark wall is a great backdrop to the fiery colours of the Achillea isn’t it.
The Low Cost High Impact Gardens category is bound to be popular, the budgets for these gardens are between £7-£10,000.
There was lots of lovely planting, classic contrasting colours of blue and yellow are very popular this year
Some very handsome structural planting in this show garden called Contemporary Contemplation.
This is one of two gardens designed for the show this year by Tony Smith
This one is called Possession, it’s covered in artificail grass and has 18 windows that you can peer through to see the planting inside.
The themes of the show are that community gardening and growing fruit and vegetables are great things to do and that gardens are damn fine places to spend time in….. it’s all very inspiring and there are some great ideas that you can use in your own garden.
I’m looking forward to gong back tomorrow.