Published: 23 July 2013
Hampton Court 2013
Join us for a tour of some of the highlights from our journey around the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013.

Heat and water were clearly evident at this year’s show.  Here are a few images taken on a very hot press day to give you a feel of what was about to go on display to the thousands of visitors expected the following morning.

Last minute watering to try to keep the grass green
before the judges arrive.

Keeping the feet cool whilst keeping the plants wet.


HRH the Duchess of Wessex trying to keep cool while officially opening the Plant Heritage marquee celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the charity.

Hands on practical potting for school children.
The Eden Butterfly Dome (above) not only had hundreds of exotic butterflies flying freely but a fascinating hands on scientific display with microscopes connected to large TV screens so visitors could get a good view of natural specimens and artefacts.

A new feature at this year’s show was the Plant Village. Here the nurseries had created displays in front of their sales tents to give a great visual view for visitors as they arrived on the show ground. I hope this idea is developed over the coming years.

The extended Floral Marque was full of the most dramatic displays, as always growers and exhibitors had overcome the poor growing conditions leading up to the show to produce plants and blooms of the highest quality all displayed with skill and dedication over the preceding days and nights.

The Floral Marquee before the crowds arrive.

The intricate structure of a specimen Acer.

The impressive flower of the Musa lasiocarp.

There was also some edible colour alongside
the flower colour.

The Willow Pattern Garden designed by Sue Thomas was one of the many show gardens at this years show.

There will be further reports from this years RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in the next few days when we take a look at more show gardens, more plants and the people that were involved to make it a world class horticultural event once again.

Reported by Chris Allen  

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