THE Hampton Court Flower Show kicked off on Tuesday, July 2, in an extravaganza of all things floral.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s colourful show and getting your hands on tickets for the event.

3 Tickets are currently on sale for the Hampton Court Flower Show 2019 and there are a range of options availableCredit: Getty Images – Getty

When is the Hampton Court Flower Show 2019?

The event, which showcases gorgeous gardens and floral displays, kicked off on Tuesday, July 2, and will end on Sunday, July 7.

The flower show aims to be a great family day out, which allows guests to immerse themselves in displays showcasing over 250,000 flowers.

You can stroll round the show gardens, try your hand at workshops, browse stalls with gardening products and food, listen to talks and see the Scarecrow competition.

From Tuesday to Saturday, the event will be open from 10am to 7.30pm.

On the Sunday, there are slightly reduced hours from 10am to 5.30pm.

There was also a preview evening on Monday July 1, which took place from 5pm until 10.30pm.

3 Kate Middleton enjoys her garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2019Credit: EPA

How do I get tickets for Hampton Court Flower Show 2019?

Tickets are currently on sale and there are a range of options available.

Tuesday and Wednesday are currently RHS Members only days, and members can book up to four tickets in total for these days or the preview evening.

The general public can buy tickets from Thursday to Sunday, and these cost £33 for a full day event (or £40.50 if you pay on the day).

Alternatively you can enter the grounds after 3pm for a late ticket which costs £22 or £25 on the day.

You can buy tickets at seetickets.com.

3 It’s really easy to visit Hampton Court Palace from London Waterloo, as a train runs every 30 minutesCredit: Alamy

How do you get to Hampton Court Palace?

Hampton Court Palace is located in East Molesey in Surrey and the post code is KT8 9AU if you are travelling by car.

The palace is on the A308 and is well signposted from all major local roads.

There are two car parks at the show: the Stud Gate car park (follow the black signage) and the Hampton Court Green car park (follow the green signage).

Both car parks are located off the A308 Hampton Court Road.
Both car parks cost £16 for the day. Disabled parking costs £9 for the day.

Motorcycle parking is available in both car parks at a cost of £10 per day.

The nearest train station is Hampton Court, which is located a five-minute walk away.

Services to Hampton Court run from London Waterloo every 30 minutes, calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Maldon, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton.

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You can travel to Zone 6 Hampton Court from Waterloo using your travelcard/oyster card.

There is no underground station at Hampton Court, and the nearest stations are Wimbledon and Richmond.

The buses that run from Kingston are the 111, 216, 411, 461 and 513, and from Richmond is the R68.

Kate Middleton arrives for picnic at the RHS Hampton Court Palace

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) awarded 154 prestigious medals to the gardens, floristry and floral and plant exhibitors at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

As the world’s largest flower show, the medals are given to horticultural exhibits as a mark of excellence – and a gold medal in particular is the highest accolade sought by garden designers.

Among the winners, and triumphant with three accolades, is the B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden designed by Matthew Childs and built by Tecwyn Evans. Not only was the garden awarded a gold medal, it also won Best Show Garden and Best Construction Award.

RHS judge, James Alexander-Sinclair, revealed exactly why the garden won: ‘RHS Hampton Court Palace never fails to provide something for everyone with a huge range of different styles and interests on display, and we’re particularly excited about our Best Show Garden this year, which added a much needed breath of fresh colour and zing to a hot July day.’

Steve Guy, market director for outdoor at B&Q, said winning a medal was ‘the icing on the cake’, whilst revealing the retailer has ‘sold nearly 5 million plugs’ of the much-loved bedding plant with 2,000 present in the garden.

Award-winning garden designer Matthew Childs said: ‘I’m immensely proud of this medal win, especially as we have hit gold! The colourful, lively hero of our garden, the Imara Bizzie Lizzie, has inspired our bold colours, waterjets and shady spaces – which are perfect for the busy lizzie to flourish in.’

B&Q

About the Busy Lizzie garden

The garden heroes the return of the beloved Busy Lizzie back into UK gardens, following its six-year hiatus after getting struck down by downy mildew disease. For years B&Q worked exclusively with Syngenta Flowers to develop the Imara Bizzie Lizzie, a disease-resistant variety of the plant, which launched in stores April this year. Since its return, the Busy Lizzies have become one of B&Q’s fastest selling plants ever.

BUSY LIZZIES AT B&Q – SHOP THE RANGE NOW

With a 2.5-meter living wall, green leafy trees, and a small stream running beneath the bisecting pathway, the garden also aims to encourage visitors to think differently about their outdoor space by showcasing a multi-purpose and multi-functional garden that includes an outdoor bedroom and bar.

B&Q RHS B&Q

The remaining Show Gardens that won Gold medals are as follows:

1. Best of Both Worlds

  • Designed by Rosemary Coldstream
  • Built by The Outdoor Room

Best of Both Worlds RHS/Joanna Kossak

2. The South West Water Green Garden

  • Designed by Tom Simpson
  • Built by Rosebank Landscaping

The South West Water Green Garden RHS/Joanna Kossak

3. Breckland Beauty

  • Designed by Jody Lidgard, Nick Fryer and Tim Lidgard
  • Built by Bespoke Outdoor Spaces and Nicholas Edwards Gardens

Breckland Beauty RHS/Neil Hepworth

4. The Landform Garden Bar

  • Designed by Rhiannon Williams
  • Built by Landform Consultants & London Stone

The Landform Garden Bar RHS

How are Show Gardens judged? The judging process explained:

Delivery of client’s brief

  • Will the imagined client be happy with the end result?
  • Have the design objectives of the garden been achieved?

Design

  • How original is the design of the garden?
  • Does the layout of the garden work for its supposed purpose?

Overall impression

  • Is the choice of materials aesthetically pleasing and does it complement the garden?
  • Does the garden work as a whole?

Planting

  • Are the plant associations shown in the garden correct according to species and cultural relevance?
  • Do the planting choices work together visually to create impact?

Construction

A superb finish and attention to detail are expected across the whole garden.

  • What standard is the build quality?

Olivia Heath Digital Editor, House Beautiful UK Olivia Heath is the Digital Editor at House Beautiful UK, uncovering tomorrow’s biggest home trends, delivering stylish room decor inspiration and rounding up the hottest properties on the market.

Less ostentatious than Chelsea but filled with inspiration, here are our must-see highlights by our resident gardening expert

You could say that the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is the more relaxed cousin of Chelsea. It’s for one that appeals to passionate enthusiasts as well as the professionals that attend every year to spot trends, be inspired, attend workshops and see bucketloads of new blooms.

Set in the grounds of the historic palace, the show is laid out around a lake with bridges linking the two exhibition areas packed with eateries, stalls, show gardens, chill out zones with live music and the celebrity theatres where TV favourites like Bill Oddie and TV gardener Carol Klein will be holding court.

Most importantly for flower fans, the marquees for roses, floristry, and of course the massive Floral Marquee itself, exhibiting thousands of blooms from growers all over the world. If gardening is your thing or you’re looking for a great day out in the sunshine, here are seven reasons not to miss it.

  1. Find endless photo opportunities with wow-factor installations

Around the site are some fabulous installations to enjoy. The large RHS letters provide a floral display over ‘A River of Flowers’ created from towering purple hued Verbena bonariensis, planted like a dense meadow with a curving path transporting you far away.

An element of fun is captured in giant crocheted sculptures. A wheelbarrow, a plant pot and a watering can dotted around the site add a real festival vibe and a good meeting point, too!

  1. Experience time travel

Around the show are feature gardens which are not part of the judging but have been created for the visitors’ experience and education. ‘Battlefields and Butterflies’ is a huge landscaped feature garden taking us to the World War I trenches and emerging through the other side into a land in the process of rejuvenation.

‘Evolve: Through the Roots of Time’ takes us on a journey back to 3.5 billion years ago when only single-celled organisms were present on Earth. Visitors enter a large dome and trace the evolution of these cells into the amazing variety of plant species that we have today.

  1. Discover a design icon

‘Iconic Horticultural Heroes’ celebrates the highly influential Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. Here you walk around a series of huge, meadow-style beds, packed with grasses and herbaceous perennials.

There is a variety of colour and form but an overall sense of movement and softness. His unique style has captured the hearts and minds of many, who have emulated his style. It is a highly popular and modern way of planting and we see the effect of his work all around us. Here you can get up close and really see the combinations, choosing the perfect matches for your garden.

  1. Step through the looking glass

In the witty show garden ‘A Very Modern Problem’, a giant frame in the form of a mobile phone screen divides up two very different scenarios. On one side, we see a normal family garden, strewn with toys (yes, I too have a Little Tikes car destroying my view) and a washing line.

It is the ordinary garden many of us own and enjoy. Through the window is what we believe our gardens should be – a manicured show garden. It is a rather ironic self-reflective garden, commenting on how social media can both inspire and make us feel inadequate.

  1. Discover a secret infinity room

Intrigue is a powerful thing, and the rusty cube at the centre of ‘Aperion: The Dibond Garden’ shouts mystery in the most beautiful way. Feel for the seamless door to discover a room filled with mirrors and heavenly planting in two diagonal beds, providing a small pathway to pass through.

You are surrounded with grasses and soft tones of pinks, blues, purples and whites. It is ethereal and breath-taking. It is as if you have entered into a dreamlike state; everything is soft, illuminated and magical. Lock me in and throw away the key.

  1. Learn how your garden can protect your home

It is well worth a wander down the pretty tree-lined avenue of the lifestyle show gardens section to see a particularly useful display aimed at people living in urban areas. ‘Secured by Design’ addresses the problem of home security, using clever landscaping and preventative ideas to make your garden a deterrent to would-be burglars – an important message when many break-ins occur using back garden access.

Top takeaways include using gravel for paths which would allow the sound of an intruder to be heard, adequate lighting, high hedges and spiky plants at the perimeter. Genius!

  1. You can get your face on the TV

And finally, you may even see the BBC doing some filming and a few of your favourite horticultural gurus hard at work in front of the camera.

From Gardener’s World to the annual coverage on BBC 2, you’re likely to see camera crews filming at the event – it certainly adds to the buzz and who knows, you might end up on TV.

All images courtesy of Amy Davis

Record setting year for Hampton Court Palace Festival

Now in its 26th year, Hampton Court Palace Festival is the latest event to announce record-breaking success in 2018. Organisers are celebrating the sell-out of 11 of its 13 shows scheduled for the 3,000 person capacity auditorium in the palace grounds.

Organised by IMG, the 18-day event came to a close last Saturday (23 June) with a performance from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The show ended with an impressive fireworks display in the East Front Gardens of the palace.

Aside from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, festivalgoers at this year’s event also flocked in great numbers to see the likes of Tom Jones, Paloma Faith, Gary Barlow and The Beach Boys perform in the auditorium in the Base Court courtyard of the palace. Barlow enjoyed a particularly sought-after festival, as it was announced sales to his concert sold out in the fastest time ever for the event, in less than two hours.

“Every concert has been of a truly world-class standard performed in the palace’s intimate historic auditorium”

As one might expect from a festival set in a former Tudor king’s residence, Hampton Court Palace Festival is known for its luxury. 2018 certainly didn’t differ in this respect, with VIP guests being treated to three-course dinners in the palace’s state rooms, accompanied by fine wines that were “fit for a king”.

On the popularity of this year’s festival, Stephen Flint Wood, managing director of arts and entertainment at IMG, says: “We are absolutely delighted with the record-breaking success of this year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival.

“Every concert has been of a truly world-class standard performed in the palace’s intimate historic auditorium, providing an unforgettable experience for all of our guests.”

This feeling was shared by reviewers. The Sunday Mirror called the event ‘a perfect setting for rock royalty’ whilst the Sunday Express labelled it a ‘run of spectacular shows at one of the UK’s grandest of venues’.

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Hampton Court Flower Show 2018 – In pictures

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is back for another year and it’s going to be bloomin’ marvellous.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event.

Important dates and times

The annual floral show takes place on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. This year it runs from July 3 – 8, opening 10am – 7.30pm on Tuesday to Saturday and 10am – 5.30pm on Sunday.

Entry on Tuesday and Wednesday is for members only, whereas the rest of the week is open to the public as well.

How to get tickets

Tickets are available to buy on the official website here.

They can also be bought at the box office which will be open Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 7pm and Sunday 9am – 4.30pm.

All day Tuesday tickets are priced at £37 in advance or £40.50 on the day and afternoon tickets cost £24.50 in advance or £26.50 on the day.

All day Wednesday tickets are priced at £32 in advance or £38.50 on the day whereas afternoon tickets are £21.50 in advance or £25.50 on the day.

For members, from Thursday to Sunday all day tickets cost £27.50 in advance or £36.50 on the day and afternoon tickets cost £19.50 in advance and £24.50 on the day.

For the public, from Thursday to Sunday all day tickets cost £33 in advance or £39.50 on the day whereas afternoon tickets are £22 in advance or £25.50 on the day.

Getting floral: RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (RHS/Georgi Mabee)

Facilities

There are two car parks at the show the Stud Gate car park (easily found by following the black signage) and the Hampton Court green car park (green signage). Both are located off the A308 Hampton Court Road.

Both car parks cost £16 for the day, disabled parking costs £9 for the day and motorcycle parking costs £10 for the day in both car parks.

There are designated picnic areas located alongside the Long Water.

There’s also two plant and product crèches available to leave purchases at during the visit.

Highlights of the show

This year there will be interactive workshops and talks from Deliciously Ella, Madeline Shaw and BBC’s Gregg Wallace.

Over 80 nurseries will showcase blooms in the Floral Marque and at the Festival of Roses.

Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables at home with the RHS Grow Your Own with The Raymond Blanc Gardening School.

The new Lifestyle Gardens will feature four gardens created by up-and-coming female designers.

East Molesey KT8 9AU, rhs.org.uk

Sizzling RHS Hampton Court 2018

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded 154 prestigious medals to the gardens, floristry and floral and plant exhibitors at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, sponsored by Viking Cruises.

With gardens sparkling under sunny skies, visitors were able to see the very best in horticulture at the world’s largest annual flower show.

The medal awards this year comprised of 64 Gold, 38 Silver-Gilt, 42 Silver and nine Bronze medals awarded across the show, demonstrating the quality of show gardens, exhibits and horticulture.

Best Show Garden was awarded to the eye-catching ‘B&Q Bursting Busy Lizzie Garden‘ designed by Surrey-based designer Matthew Childs (Gold). This garden was also awarded Best Construction for contractors Tecwyn Evans. Commenting on the garden, RHS Judge James Alexander-Sinclair said: “RHS Hampton Court Palace never fails to provide something for everyone with a huge range of different styles and interests on display, and we’re particularly excited about our Best Show Garden this year, which added a much needed breath of fresh colour and zing to a hot July day.”

Also awarded Gold was Rosemary Coldstream’s ‘Best of Both Worlds Garden‘, ‘The Landform Garden Bar‘ by Rhiannon Williams, ‘The South West Water Green Garden‘ by Tom Simpson and the ‘Breckland Beauty Garden‘ by Jody Lingard, Nick Fryer and Tim Lingard.

Rosemary Coldstream’s ‘Best of Both Worlds’ garden (pictured above and below) is a clever design created for an imaginary couple who share a love of gardening but with differing tastes. One side of the design is a traditional country garden while the other has a more contemporary feel.

Best Lifestyle Garden went to Ula Maria for ‘The Style and Design Garden‘ (Silver-Gilt) while Best Garden for a Changing World/Conceptual Garden went to ‘Conscious Consumerism’ (Gold) designed by Joseph Gibson. Best World Garden was awarded to Alan Rudden for ‘Santa Rita: Living La Vida 120 Garden’ (Gold).

The high standards in the Floral Marquee saw a total of 54 Gold Medals awarded. The prestigious Best Exhibit in the Floral Marquee went to Roualeyn Fuchsias (Gold). David Austin Roses were awarded Best Rose Exhibit (pictured above) – www.davidaustinroses.com – and Gold and Best Plant Heritage Exhibit was awarded to Allium National Collection (Gold). Best Dig In Exhibit went to Pennard Plants (Gold) and Master Grower was Hampshire Carnivorous Plants. Congratulations also go to Lauren Easter who was named RHS Future Florist of the Year. Somerset Postal Flowers was awarded Best Exhibit in the Floral Design Studio.

In the Flower and Vegetable Box category, the ‘Herbs and Preserves Garden – An Ode to Antiquity’, was awarded best in category for their flower box celebrating the ancient tradition of flavouring and preserving food with herbs. Plenty to inspire today’s population to address food waste here.

There was a lot of interest in Rose McMonigall’s ‘Rias de Galicia: A Garden at the End of the Earth‘ (Silver) depicting the breath-taking Atlantic coast of north-west Spain. Visitors were transported to a small cover, sheltered by two coastal pine trees with a path winding up from the beach to a traditional weather-beaten fisherman’s cottage. The garden, sponsored by the Spanish Tourist Office had some very special visitors members of the BBC’s Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago cast, Neil Morrissey, Raphael Rowe and the Reverend Kate Bottley, came to officially open the garden (see above and below).

With splendid weather and an amazing variety of gardens and exhibits the 2018 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was yet another brilliant success.

All photographs strictly copyright: banner ©RHS/Luke MacGregory (feature on The Style & Design Garden, designed by Ula Maria); Best of Both Worlds images ©RHS/Joanna Kossak; ©David Austin Roses; The Road to Santiago cast ©Spanish Tourist Office; ‘Rias de Galicia’ ©RHS/Joanna Kossak.

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