Hampton Court Garden Festival inspires gardeners to buy

EAST MOLESEY, UK: The 2019 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is the 29th RHS event held in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace July 2-7, 2019.   

The flower show at Hampton Court Palace was first held in 1990. The RHS took over the running of the show in 1993 and has held a show on the at the 34 acre site ever since. Around 130 000 visitors attend the show each year

Flower shows offer consumers the chance to see plants close at hand. The show gardens present ways to combine plants creatively and demonstrate how to use them in a garden setting.

Rosarian Michael Marriottm (pictured) from David Austin Roses (www.davidaustinroses.co.uk) believes that flower shows inspire gardeners to buy plants. “Chelsea Flower Show is the exception,” he says. “It’s the only RHS Show where it is not so easy to buy plants.” Small plants may be sold and orders can be placed, but plants are not on sale until the sell-off on the last day.

Hampton Court Garden Festival is a different matter. “It’s the perfect time of year for gardeners,” explains Michael. “People are enthused for gardening. The weather is good and it is held when you can see gaps in the borders that need filling.”

Roses have always been an important part of the Hampton Court show – in 1990 the show included the British Rose Festival. This year the Festival of Roses has been revamped and includes its very own Rose Garden designed by Jo Thompson. This year David Austin roses won its 18th Gold Medal at Hampton Court and it was also awarded Best Rose exhibit for the third consecutive year. “Each rose grower has its own little garden,” says Michael. “Visitors can see wonderful plant combinations created by professional plantsmen and women. These are the skilled people who know what works well and what looks good together.”

It’s also the chance to see and smell the roses close up. There are at least two hundred rose varieties to see in the marquee. “Roses are not just beautiful double flowers,” says Michael. “The rose world is incredibly variable and versatile. You can plant a rose in almost every part of the garden apart from the pond. There isn’t just one rose fragrance; there is tea, myrrh, fruit, old rose and musk and within those there’s huge variation. Each of us smells things differently, so you need to experience that first hand. A flower show is the perfect place to get up close and smell the roses.”

It is a tradition for the Rose of the year award for the next year to be announced at The Festival of Roses. The Rose of the Year is selected from trials around the country that run for two years. The winning rose is most likely picked 6 years before you see it, this gives time for growing so it can be widely available. 2020’s Rose of the Year winner is called Sweet Honey ‘Kormecaso’ from Kordes Rosen of Germany. For more information on the rose visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-garden-festival/news/2019/rose-of-the-year

HTA and APL members once again wowed the crowds and judges with their amazing gardens and displays. This year was the first time the APL moved away from having a Show Feature garden, to a judged Show Garden. The garden was a true APL community build, with a total of 18 different member companies involved in the garden, including the apprentices currently on the APL Apprenticeship scheme.

The awards are as follows:


GOLD – The Thames Water Flourishing Future Garden

Designed by – Tony Woods

Built by – Garden Club London

Sponsored by – Thames Water

SILVER – APL A Place to Meet

Designed by – Cherry Carmen

Built by – Kebur Landscape Division

Sponsored by – Creepers Nursery, Kebur Garden Materials, Garden House Design, Landscapeplus, and John Lewis Home Solutions.


SILVER-GILT – The Lower Barn Farm Outdoor Living Garden

Designed by – Robert Grimstead

Built by – Landscapes By Design

Sponsored by – Lower Barn Farm

SILVER-GILT – The Urban Pollinator

Designed by – Caitlin McLaughlin

Built by – Conway Landscapes

Sponsored by – Warner’s


SILVER-GILT – Believe in Tomorrow Garden

Designed by – Seonaid Royall

Built by – Highgrove Landscaping

HTA Members who have won medals in the Floral and Roses Marquees include:

GOLD – David Austin Roses Ltd

GOLD – Lime Cross Nursery

GOLD – Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants

SILVER-GILT – Burncoose Nurseries

SILVER-GILT – Blackmoor Nurseries

SILVER-GILT – Desert To Jungle

SILVER-GILT – Fryer’s Roses part of Blue Diamond Group

SILVER-GILT – Hart Canna

SILVER-GILT – Newlands Nursery

SILVER-GILT – Peter Beales Roses

BRONZE – Eden Project

For more information on the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and to view the full list of award winners visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-garden-festival/awards

Author: Jean Vernon


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