For six days of horticultural displays and green-fingered fun turn to the world’s biggest flower show at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from July 2 to 8.
From inspirational gardens to dazzling flower displays, you can watch demonstrations by both celebrity gardeners and chefs around the show grounds and get tips on gardening in a changing climate.
There are also many shopping opportunities for garden supplies to create your own Eden – not forgetting the grand sell-off on the last evening when plants go on sale for knock-down prices.
The show attracts around 130,000 visitors every year. This year the big draw will be Piet Oudolf, the influential Dutch garden designer and a leading figure of the New Perennial type of planting which uses bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses for colourful, year-round interest. Piet’s walk-through feature will be a beautiful border opposite the Palace. The plants used in this new feature will be recycled and relocated to RHS Garden Wisley after the show.
Another first will be a spectacular display of thousands of Verbena bonariensis plants. A river of these perennials will provide a spectacular photo opportunity.
There will also be workshops including flower arranging, pollination facts seen through the eyes of an insect and, for children accompanied by an adult, classes in making real flower crowns from willow withies and paper copies of wildflowers. The children also get a packet of wildflower seeds to grow on and use for future crowns.