The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opens to the public on Tuesday 9th July, I had a look round today and as ever it promises to be a wonderful Show.
This year there are three new zones:
1. GROW: all about plants and includes The Floral Marquee, the nurseries are in the Plant Vilage area and there’s the Plant Heritage Marqueewhich higjlights the the importance of the conservation of British Plants. There are also activities for children in the Childrens Zone on saturday and Saturday.
2. ESCAPE: This is all about escaping to the country and includes a Butterfly Dome in collaboration with the Eden Project. A Bee Garden and House which includes the fabulously named bumblearium with lots of information about providing habitats and food sources for bees in your garden,
and there’s lots of information about growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit
3. INSPIRE: This zone includes the Show gardens, Summer Gardesns, Conceptual Gardens and Low Cost High Impact Gardens. There are also 16 Planters designed by celebrity designers.
A couple of show gardens that I liked were:
The MacMillan Legacy Garden:
designed by Rebecca Govier
with it’s striking pale grey shelter surrounded by water
the wooden slats created an interesting view from inside.
Mid Century Modern:
designed by Adele Ford and Susan Wilmott
I liked the striking shapes and bold colours.
I’ll be going there again tomorrow so there’ll be more blogs to follow this week about the Show.
I hope you have a wonderful time if you manage to go.
all images: Jill Anderson.