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”

RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone highlights

Don’t miss pioneering science in The Great Pavilion

British Ecological Society
British Ecological Society’s Delight in the Dark exhibit. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27) is justifiably known for its ground-breaking show gardens but don’t miss out on the pioneering science and technology aspects of the event.

In the Great Pavilion, the Discovery Zone makes a welcome return, featuring a range of interactive displays demonstrating the significance of science and research behind plants and the impact they have on our society. Continue reading “RHS Chelsea: Discovery Zone highlights”

RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year 2017

Top new flowers, fruit, and veg of the year

Zantedeschia Dubai Nights
Brighter Blooms’ Zantedeschia Dubai Nights. All pictures unless otherwise stated RHS Media Image Collection

One of the highlights of the Chelsea Flower Show is the Plant of the Year competition and this year sees a host of bigger, better and brighter blooms, veg and fruit to tempt you to part with your cash.

Not all of the new plants get entered into the competition but those below have been. The winner is picked on Press Day, Monday, May 22.

Good luck to you all!

Zantedeschia Dubai Nights, Brighter Blooms, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, www.brighterblooms.co.uk
Flowers are a rich velvet purple with an outer margin of cream, held well on very speckled foliage. The plant is nice and compact.
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Chelsea Gardening Product of the Year

13 innovative new gardening must-haves

Bosch Lawn & Garden EasyCut 12
Bosch Lawn & Garden EasyCut 12. Picture; RHS Media Image Centre

It’s the most coveted prize in the horticultural sundries world – who will win the 2017 Chelsea Gardening Product of the Year?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has chosen 13 of the most exciting, cutting-edge gardening products this year’s Chelsea Flower Show (May 23-27), sponsored by M&G Investments.

The competition was launched in 2011 to recognise the best new garden products at the show. An expert Continue reading “Chelsea Gardening Product of the Year”

Malvern Spring Festival 2017 highlights

Jekka’s permanent garden and pupils’ designs make a refreshing change

The Floral Marquee at the RHS Malvern Spring Show 2015. Picture; RHS/Neil Hepworth

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival (May 11-14, 9am-6pm) celebrates both gardening and food, with show gardens, nursery displays, food producers, shopping, horticultural experts and celebrity chefs.

The Floral Marquee is packed with 69 of the finest nurseries and the is UK’s longest at more than 195 metres – the equivalent length of four Olympic swimming pools.

The Festival Food and Drink Pavilion offers artisan Continue reading “Malvern Spring Festival 2017 highlights”

Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 review

Jam-packed queen of gardening shows

Harrogate Spring Flower Show
Real Hort Couture… a Jenny Gillies outfit at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

It’s no secret that I love Harrogate’s Spring and Autumn Flower Shows, having been a visitor for many a year.

What better way to be greeted on National Wear a Flower Day than by a lovely gent at the entrance with a Gerbera?

The people, the plants, the food, the vast shopping opportunities and bargains – even if you pay full price tickets at the gate, you’re likely to save more than you spend – for example, I bought a large golden Continue reading “Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2017 review”