The world’s largest summer festival of flowers, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, this year is a fiesta of fine food and global garden designs, where experts advise and celebrity chefs give live cookery demos, using freshly-grown produce to present cool new home-grown cookery ideas for foodie lovers. In addition, famous TV gardeners share their designer tips and innovative Show Gardens give food for thought, from the mighty RHS Kitchen Garden to the glorious little Colour Box, a celebratory garden bursting with colourful flowers on a shoestring budget.
The impressive ‘Great Gardens of the USA’ are from Charleston in South Carolina (elegant, sub-tropical) the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel in Florida (inspired by Thomas Edison’s Moonlight Garden) and the mountainous landscape of Oregon State in the Pacific North West.
From Galicia in Northern Spain ‘The Pazo’s Secret Garden’ is a romantic garden hinting at an historic Galician Palace (Pazo) with luscious vineyards, camellia avenues, formal topiary and untamed, wilder places, draped in greenery, where a casual dinner table is set for two.
‘Gardens for a Changing World’ feature current designer thinking on future gardens facing modern environmental challenges, whilst ‘Conceptual Gardens’ invite designers to push the boundaries of what defines a garden using impact and originality, such as ‘Kinetica’ (inspired by particle theory) and ‘Not For Sale’ an eye-catching circular arch walkway of sleek ‘elephant tusks’ carved out of wood, opening on to an African savannah style garden to highlight the plight of elephants.
HRH The Countess of Wessex visited the amazing Blind Veterans UK Garden by designers Andrew Fisher Tomlin and Dan Bowyer, with its fabulous flower planting and wondrous woven willow sculptures by Tom Hare and unique wrought iron gates by Holkham Forge.
Beautiful Brazilian and other exquisite butterflies flutter around the RHS Butterfly Dome displaying their favourite plants from around the globe, a Summer treat.
Need to Know: 4 – 9 July 2017, www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt