RHS Hampton Court: celebrities and children

Celebrity Theatre line-up announced

Chris Packham
Chris Packham

The line-up for Hampton Court’s Celebrity Theatre is led by TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham making his debut at the show, which runs from July 4-9.

He will be joined by fellow Springwatch presenters Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, along with David Domoney, Charlie Dimmock, Pippa Greenwood, and Justin Fletcher from CBeebies.

The Celebrity Theatre is in a marquee overlooking the palace gardens, with stars talking about their passion for gardening, wildlife, and nature, as well Continue reading “RHS Hampton Court: celebrities and children”

Gardeners’ World Live: Lubera fruit

Unusual fruit displayed by The Potting Shed Stage

Fruit on display by The Potting Shed Stage at Gardeners’ World Live. Picture; Lubera

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Gardeners’ World, fruit specialist Lubera has been exhibiting a selection of its plants.

If you’re at the show, you’ll find the Swiss fruit experts next to The Potting Shed Stage at Gardeners’ World Live.

The show runs until June 18 but you can order the plants online.

Here are four of the chosen plants the crowds particularly enjoyed: Continue reading “Gardeners’ World Live: Lubera fruit”

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview

Yorkshire garden holds second annual show, June 23-25

Harlow Carr Show
Thousands of Alliums pepper the Main Border at RHS Harlow Carr. Picture; RHS/SIRA Studio

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Harrogate’s Harlow Carr plays host to another three-day flower show, set against the backdrop of its stunning gardens.

There is a full programme of talks, demonstrations, and chances to shop for rare plants and unusual gardening paraphernalia at special show prices.

Once you’ve had enough, escape the crowds with a stroll in the garden: don’t miss the Streamside spectacle of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas and almost 8,000 alliums in the Main Border. Continue reading “RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show 2017 preview”

RHS Hampton Court Flower Show preview: gardens

New ‘Gardens for a Changing World’ to reflect climate change

Colour Box Garden
Power to the Twitter People – the Colour Box Garden by Charlie Bloom

The world’s largest annual flower show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Palace event, sponsored by Viking Cruises, runs from July 4-9.

At twice the size of RHS Chelsea, it offers gardeners a chance to shop until they drop against the stunning historical backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

The garden categories have been simplified to four; Show, World, Conceptual and the new Gardens for a Changing World. Continue reading “RHS Hampton Court Flower Show preview: gardens”

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview

Golden anniversary celebration of TV show

Anniversary Garden
Anniversary Garden vignettes by decade from Prof David Stevens

Gardeners' World LiveBBC Gardeners’ World Live is going to be extra special this year, with Gardeners’ World celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A Golden Jubilee-style summer garden party will be the theme, with presenters past and present Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Adam Frost, Frances Tophill, Flo Headlam, Nick Bailey, Peter Seabrook, Diarmuid Gavin, Continue reading “BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 preview”

RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners

IQ Quarry Garden’s double: Best In Show & Best Construction

IQ Quarry Garden – designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, right, with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Picture; Mark Waugh/RHS

The winner of the Best Show Garden at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is the IQ Quarry Garden, designed by Paul Hervey-Brookes.

In a double celebration, Gareth Wilson won the Best Construction Award for the contemporary garden, which takes its inspiration from the life cycle of a quarry coupled with Brutalism architecture.

The garden, sponsored by the Institute of Quarrying, is divided into sections so that bountiful floral and naturalistic planting contrast with the severe aspects of hard landscaping. Continue reading “RHS Chatsworth Show Garden medal winners”