RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
This week we took a trip down to Surrey to visit the iconic RHS Hampton Court Flower show. If you are at a loose end this weekend then we can't recommend it enough. What a fabulous setting!
The palace itself and grounds are stunning and its possible to get tickets for both the show and to the palace. We stayed in Hampton court the night before but the show and palace is within 15 mins walking of the train station. You can also hop onto a ferry, cruise down the Thames and get off at the gate! London is only a 30 min journey on the train so its ideal for a little city break too.
On the Monday evening you could get tickets to picnic in the grounds and watch an epic firework display over the palace at dusk.
Have I sold it to you yet?
On Monday I had the pleasure of perusing the competition pieces in the Floral design studio. Monday is press and VIP day. The Future florist competition was the first up. College students had 6 hours to complete a piece on site the day before. The theme was Evolution and the piece was to sit on a pedestal.
There were 6 designs in total and the winner was Lauren Easter from Hadlow College.
There was also a competition open to all florists and arrangers. Their task was 'inspired by Spider webbs'. The piece was to be a large scale 'showstopper' design. They did not disappoint.
Tuesday is for RHS members only. I got there at 10am when the show opened and it was beautifully quiet for the first 2 hours. Interflora were running their UK Florist of the year competition. There were 5 competitors from various heats around the UK. This is a great treat. You get to see the competitors creating pieces in a live competition environment. The winner of this was Laura Leong. She will now compete next year in Philadelphia USA for the international title! The competition pieces are in situ to view all week long. They are all truly stunning designs. See below for a sneek peek.
The Show Gardens
There are the usual food, drink and garden equipment stalls, but the real treats are the show gardens. So many to see and some really interesting ideas. Here are 3 of my favourites...
1) Best in Show:
B&Q garden 'Busy Lizzie'
This garden is everything we love about the outdoors. It is bright, fun and an explosion of colour. The Busy Lizzie's formal name is Impatiens meaning impatient. That refers to the way the seeds heads burst open. The dark background of this garden really highlights the popping colours. This is a bold and fun garden.
2) Bali Garden 'Best of Both Worlds'
The garden for people who cant agree! one side formal and structured and the otherside wild and country style. A simple divide in the middle separates the two scenes but the clever planting unites the two in colour.
3) Rose McMonigall Garden ''Rias de Galicia: A garden at the end of the earth
A spanish oasis. Highlighting the beauty of the Galicia area of spain. This garden is peaceful, tranquil and atmospheric. This is my personal favourite. It highlights a lazy day by the sea with plenty of quality seafood. I'm in love with the shell clad wall...... I wonder how many scallops I'll have to eat to get enough for a wall?
Go see: The festival of roses marquee. Fabulous smells, colours and plants to buy!
What did I take away!: Blues, purples and apricot colours are looking to be big trends.
Don't miss out!
Sunday around 4pm the exhibitors are allowed to sell of their plants if they wish so you may well get and RHS bargin!! go have a Pimms on the lawn and don't forget your sun screen!