The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the largest flower show in the world. It features show gardens, floral marquees and pavilions, talks and demonstrations. It is erected on the north and south sides of the Long Water in Hampton Court Park.
The Hampton Court Show is not as famous or as long running as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and has a different character, focusing more on environmental issues, growing your own food and cookery, while also offering opportunities to buy gardening accessories, plants and flowers. As it is held annually in July, summer flowering plants are on display. Chelsea is held in the last week of May displaying spectacular spring flowers. Hampton Court is a fabulous setting for a flower show.
Small gardens and Conceptual Gardens
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 1
“But she perforce withholds the lovèd boy, Crowns him with flowers, and makes him all her joy, And now they never meet in grove, or green, by fountain clear, or spangled starlight sheen, But they do square, that all their elves for fear creep into acorn cups, and hide them there”.
A flavour of Elizabethan England was displayed in the Shakespeare’s Garden area where there was strawberry spinach, purple peas and red lettuce. This area was constructed by the experts at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust based on records from the time. The 16th century allotment was planted with many old varieties of vegetables. Some of these, such as purple carrots, turnips, buddleia chard and bronze fennel we eat today. There were also traditional herbs including hyssop, winter savory and lovage.
At this point I parted company with my daughter and granddaughter and spent an hour enjoying the fantastic prize-winning blooms on display. They enjoyed the hour in the maze. “Hampton Court Maze is a hedge maze planted some time between 1689 and 1695 by George London and Henry Wise for William III of Orange at Hampton Court Palace. The maze covers a third of an acre and contains half a mile of paths.” Wikipedia
Did you know?
This flower show is held in summer (early July)
It takes three weeks to build a show garden & two weeks to build a small garden – but just five days to take them all apart.
Total acres of showground (34)
Total area of gardens: one football pitch (5,000 m2)
Floral marquee and plant village (6,750 m2)
An average of 140,000 people attend the show each year
Plants and accessories can be purchased and taken home on the day
It is one of the best-loved events in the U.K.
“The standard is high, make no mistake, but Hampton’s biggest advantage is its atmosphere”…………..