Hampton Court Flower Show

I always enjoy visiting Hampton Court Flower Show. The enjoyment starts even before I get there as part of the journey is a Park and Ride scheme followed by a short trip on a boat across (and up) the River Thames.

This year will be the 21st Flower Show and promises to be as spectacular and interesting as ever. The organisers have made some changes this year (they do everyyear but this year’s changes are much larger). The Floral Marquee which is 225m long will be on the North side of the Showground. Usually it is on the South side.

This will make room for a new Gardens Illustrated Marquee which promises plant and garden accessories set among beautiful displays. The theme this year is Shakesperian, which means the show gardens should be quintisensially British in flavour. Always usaeful if you are looking for ideas to take home to your garden.

There is also a major Home grown feature, which, if like me you enjoy growing your own vegetables should inspire. Along those lines, one of the featured show gardens is one about bees.At the moment, bees are very much in the news with their numbers deminishing in such a large way. The garden includes an interactive sculpture based on a natural bee hive. Good fun for children and handy for future bee keepers.

One of the other features is the Festival of Roses at which the Rose of the Year will be presented. Everybody loves Roses so this should be worth a view.

Apart from the show gardens and marquees, there are 600 shopping opportunities at the Hamnpton Court Flower show as well as it being set against the backdrop of the Palace and around the Long Water Canal, there is something for everybody there.

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