Hampton Court Flower Show (posted 8th July 2016)
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at Hampton Court Flower Show. This was my first flower show and mentally I'd prepared myself to walk slowly and wait for ages to be able to see the show gardens etc. But I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, I walked slowly, but the setting is so large that even with the +_18 500 people who attend this show on a daily basis, there is still plenty of room to pick a patch of grass along the Long Water and spend some time just relaxing, admiring the beautiful vista of Hampton Court Palace's profile against the skyline.
When it comes to the show gardens, there are several really interesting designs which consider many forms of outdoor living / experiences. Here are some of the gardens and displays that took our fancy:
The Lavender Garden - a gold medal winner inspired by the scent, colour and romance of lavenders grown at a dairy farm on the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.
The Bowel Disease UK Garden for Crohn's Disease - gold medal winner and best summer garden, showing how rare but hardy exotic plants can be planted alongside more familiar UK garden plants.
The Viking Cruises Scandinavian Garden - a gold medal winner, evoking a traditional Scandinavian way of life.
Mind The Gap - a silver medal winner and a contemporary interpretation of the ha-ha, a device employed by Capability Brown
Zoflora: Outstanding Natural Beauty - a gold medal winner and winner of best construction award, this garden was inspired by the patterns of Yorkshire.
The World Vision Garden - gold medal winner, symbolising journeys of life.
Perennial Immerse - silver medal winner, a collaboration design that flows with positive energy, capturing a sense of being protected and nurtured as well as revitalised and inspired.
All The World's A Stage - silver gilt medal winner, inspired by Shakespeare's literary analogies, inviting visitors on a journey through The Seven Ages of Man.
Japanese Summer Garden - silver medal winner, this tranquil landscape pays homage to traditional hydrangea temple gardens.
Rolawn: Why? - gold medal winner depicting the complexity and wonder of the universe and the human brain.
Peacemaker - bronze medal winner focussing attention and sympathy on communities suffering from violent outbursts across the world.
UNHCR: 'Border Control' Garden - gold medal winner and best conceptual garden, highlighting the plight of refugees and the risks many take to find shelter.
This is a show for those who love flowers, but there are also great food & drink options. We got a tiny bit tipsy trying the fabulous fare from exhibitors such as The Haciendas Co and Plan Bee. There is also some great shopping to be had, of both the plant and accessory variety!
Have a lovely weekend,