The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a triumph of plants over posing, a place where gardeners can find an abundance of advice and ideas – as well as the opportunity to blow a small fortune on plants, Pimm’s and pork pies, of course.
We thought the highlight of this year’s show was the tropical dome in which butterflies flit between spectators, frequently settling on them for rides around the humid space, but we also greatly enjoyed The ‘Pazo’s Secret Garden’, which looks quintessentially English but is in fact based upon the gardens of northern Spain. The ‘Not For Sale’ garden, highlighting the illegal ivory trade, is also both poignant and timely.
Disappointments were the Festival of Roses, which was slightly underwhelming given the potential of the space and the collective might of the exhibitors, and the paucity of show gardens: the number has reduced to just 25 this year.
Overall, however, it’s a most worthwhile day out and you can view our gallery of show images below: