Yesterday, a few of us were lucky enough to visit the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show courtesy of our clients at the RHS.
The show is the largest of its kind in the world and has a very different atmosphere to its better-known ‘sister’ event, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
We’re lucky enough to have been to both shows, several times, in our 7 years or so of working with the RHS. Both are great fun to attend, but in very different ways. Chelsea is very prestigious and tends to feel more high-brow – appealing to true horticulturalists. By contrast Hampton Court is a little more relaxed and attracts a greater number of ‘amateur’ gardeners.
The show is spread over a huge site, along the north and south sides of the Long Water. You can quite easily get lost wandering in and out of the tents, pavilions and stands dotted around the venue.
The weather was great. Not too sunny, but warm and bright. Our personal show favourites were the school scarecrow competition and the butterfly dome. It was also great fun mooching around the many stands selling summer houses of various shapes and sizes and dreaming about one day owning one!
Thanks go to Kate at the RHS for our invites. We had a lovely afternoon!