The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show returns for its 25th anniversary this year. Taking place over the week of 30th June – 5th July, the popular gardening event has a lot to offer its lucky visitors.
At the Hampton Court Palace Show, there will be a whole host of displays to admire and activities to join in with. Features of the show include spectacular show gardens, tempting food areas, floral marquees, and a magical maze.
The History of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Show
The show was created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast and first held back in 1990. The RHS became the successful bidder to take the show over in 1992 when Network Southeast announced it was withdrawing its subsidy.
In 1993, the first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held. Since then it has become one of the biggest flower shows in the world with an average of 130,000 people attending each year.
What else does the Hampton Court Palace Show have to offer?
The popular flower show has plenty to offer visitors this year. Listed below are just some of the features attendees can expect to benefit from…
Display Garden Designs
The conceptual gardens have been given the theme of sensation and perception. Designers have created five gardens plus an extra one with a concept not based on the main theme.
The African Vision: Malawi Garden is inspired by the destruction of the natural landscape caused by monocropping and chemical fertilisers. The Equilibrium is another thought provoking display, designed to represent the balance between the opposing forces of sun, moon and sea and their effect on the shingle beach.
In the Show Garden category, you will be able to find displays such as the Hadlow College: Green Seam garden, which is inspired by Betteshanger Colliery’s heritage and regeneration.
Another inspiring garden is the Macmillan Legacy Garden which has been designed as a community space which could be attached to a Macmillan Care centre.
Finally, there are a variety of Summer Gardens which channel a number of ideas and inspirations. One of the gardens on display is the Living Landscapes: Healing Urban Garden, which represents the significance of space for retreat in an urban setting.
More Show Highlights
As well as being able to admire the beautiful display gardens, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Hampton Court Palace Show. There is a Feast zone, especially for foodies, a floral marquee, a magical RHS Anniversary maze, and delicious afternoon tea served in the Palace Garden Room.
There will also be opportunities to get tips from celebrities at the Gardeners’ Question Time Front Gardens, and get expert gardening advice from the RHS. Emerging florists will be getting creative in the Floral Design Studio and plants will be available to browse and buy in the Plant Village.
Of course, there are even more exciting things to see and do at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Show 2015. For a full list of activities visit the official website.
And if you are attending this year, don’t forget to share with us your highlights. We hope you have a spectacular time!