Best of British in bloom at Hampton Court

HAMPTON COURT PALACE Flower Show is celebrating its 21st birthday this year (6-11 July) with an eclectic showcase of horticultural delights on the 33-acre site beside the River Thames.

Hampton Court Flower Show plant buyers

HAMPTON COURT PALACE Flower Show is celebrating its 21st birthday this year (6-11 July) with an eclectic showcase of horticultural delights on the 33-acre site beside the River Thames.

The Royal Horticultural Society flower shows have become a much-loved British institution, with the season kicking off with RHS Show Cardiff (16-18 April), followed by the Malvern Spring Flower Show in Herefordshire (6-9 May) and the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show (25-29 May) in London. Tatton Park in Cheshire takes up the baton next (21-25 July) then Malvern stages its autumn show (25-26 September).

This year’s show at Hampton Court Palace is going for a very British theme with Shakespearean gardens, a festival of roses and Vintage England floristry displays. Home Grown is a new area this year highlighting the diversity of fruit, veg, cut flowers and nursery stock that can now be grown on British soil. The Floral Marquee this year will be a dramatic 225-metre-long feature on the north side of the showground, filled with over 90 displays from some of the UK’s best nurseries. And leave plenty of time to explore the usual line-up of stunning show gardens – always a very popular part of the RHS shows.

Hampton Court Flower Show


Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010, Tue 6-Sun 11 July, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AT; tel: 0844 338 7528; www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt. Tickets £14-£32.

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