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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011 Apr 23

Hampton Court Flower Show - Lilies

Having attended many of the usual Garden Shows this year and not having been to Hampton Court before we had considerable expectations from what is billed as “the largest floral show in the world.”

Tuesday was the first day and open only to RHS Members. It was a good day to go since although it was busy there were not the large numbers that might be expected later in the week. The trip from Devon by car went smoothly and we were lucky to have several hours of hot sunshine before the rain started on cue at 4pm.

The Show, set against the backdrop of the grandiose elegance of Hampton Court Palace, was magnificent. The Floral Marquee contained a myriad of stunning displays such as the Lillies pictured here. There were many unusual plants available to purchase and take home – I bought an Agrostemma Grithage Milas – a tall, dainty annual with purple trumpet like flowers (will harvest the seeds for next year) and a Dahlia Arabian Knight with impressive maroon flowers.

Show Gardens, Small Gardens  Conceptual Gardens and even Poets Gardens all featured with many innovative displays giving a different dimension than on the TV coverage. The Copella Plant & Protect Garden was our personal favourite (see image) with its theme of English style planting to encourage pollinating insects and a campaign to replant and protect apple orchards. The sculpture represents new life and growth – rills of water culminate in a pool at the base of the sculpture giving sustenance to the plants in the garden. Sustainability was also a key theme as was biodiversity to encourage wildlife into gardens and the planting of apple trees to help replace the large number of orchards lost over the last 50 years.

Copella Plant & Protect Garden

Strolling either side of the Long Water area there were a plethora of stands large and small to attract one’s interest and standing for a moment on the interconnecting temporary bridge one could contemplate the whole scene with an uplifting vista being provided in each direction – the Palace to the west and fountains of water to the east (see image).

Long Water
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