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”

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”

RHS Chelsea: British Florist Association

BFA’s 100th-anniversary celebrations – taking a floral stand

British Florist Association
British Florist Association’s artwork for their centenary celebration at RHS Chelsea

The British Florist Association has a floral stand feature at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (ends Saturday) to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

‘The British Florist Association at 100’ is at the heart of the floristry zone in the Great Pavilion, and has been designed by students at BFA Member College, Moreton Morell in Warwickshire, led by its award-winning tutors Jane Benefield and Laura Leong.

To the front of the stand is a huge freestanding Continue reading “RHS Chelsea: British Florist Association”

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: Hillier’s Spring Garden

Leave a lasting gardening memory in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust

Hillier's Spring Garden
Hillier’s Spring Garden 3D design at RHS Chelsea

Visitors at this week’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show are invited to play their part in Chelsea history by leaving a lasting memory in the Hillier show garden.

Hillier is aiming for its 72nd consecutive Gold medal with Hillier’s Spring, designed by Sarah Eberle, which features a 4.3m high metallic spring.

At the heart of the huge exhibit in the Great Pavilion stands a Pocket Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), Continue reading “RHS Chelsea: Hillier’s Spring Garden”