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 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”

RHS Chatsworth preview

Newest gardening show in stately Peak District surroundings

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House. Picture; Chatsworth House Trust/RHS Media Collection

The Chelsea Flower Show may be almost over but there is no let up in the gardening events calendar, with the RHS’s new show at Chatsworth running from June 7-11.

Set in the grounds of Chatsworth House, the show offers the opportunity to relax on the banks of the River Derwent and enjoy one of the UK’s most spectacular stately homes. Continue reading “RHS Chatsworth preview”

David Austin’s new roses for Chelsea 2017

Buy after May 22 launch – Dame Judi Dench, Vanessa Bell and James L Austin

Rose Vanessa Bell
Rose Vanessa Bell. Picture; David Austin

Rose expert David Austin is launching three new varieties at next week’s Chelsea Flower Show – and a trio of beauties they are, too.

They’ll be available to buy after the launch day on May 22 and to help gardeners explore the vast collection of roses, there is a new brochure broken down into handy sections, such as ‘roses for shady areas’, ‘roses for small gardens’ and ‘bee friendly roses’.

The new Chelsea roses are:

Vanessa Bell (Auseasel): Named for the artist, designer Continue reading “David Austin’s new roses for Chelsea 2017”