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 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”

Cottage garden seeds from Johnsons

Follow in plantswoman Margery Fish’s footsteps

Designer Cottage Garden Collection
Designer Cottage Garden Collection. Picture; Johnsons

Cottage garden plants are perennial favourites and last year’s RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Shows featured several of this quintessentially British design. Now, Johnsons has launched a new range to help you achieve the look.

One woman’s fascinating obsession with the style is Margery Fish, whose classic book Cottage Garden Flowers was published in 1961.

Even as a complete novice, she created a naturalistic, cottage-style garden at her home at East Lambrook Manor, bought in 1937. Continue reading “Cottage garden seeds from Johnsons”

Gardening gifts from Historic Royal Palaces

Great ideas for Mother’s Day and Easter gifts

Milly Green picnic blanket.
Milly Green picnic blanket. Picture; Historic Royal Palaces

Need inspiration for Mother’s Day or Easter presents?

Here’s a first in a series of unusual gifts suitable for gardeners or lovers of the outdoors – today from The Historic Royal Palaces online shop.

There is a wide range of gifts for use in the warmer weather, whether picnic accessories, a garden revamp, new seeds or garden accessories.

If your mother’s not into the great outdoors, there are some pretty nifty copies of notable jewels worn by royalty through the ages. Continue reading “Gardening gifts from Historic Royal Palaces”