This trip was to check out the Hampton Court Flower Show, in
to see if this might be worthwhile as a tour for next year. Well,
I think I can safely say that I was indeed impressed with the show and
feel it would make a wonderful tour. Not only was the show very good from the standpoint of floral displays, garden
displays and booths - there were I hear around 800!, but with a phyto sanitary certificate
in hand, you will also be able to take home some of the plants as each
display was selling them!
The Hampton Court Flower Show was also a judged show with special Embroidered framed Tudor Rose Awards given to the best Gold Medal Exhibits in the Floral Marquee, the Show Gardens and Water Gardens. New this year were the Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes, taken out of the Chelsea Flower Show, and Garden Courts - ideas for small spaces.
The British Rose Festival had a full marquee and national collections were shown in the Plant Heritage marquee.
So, in the meantime, please enjoy what I have put together from a short trip over July 2000 and look forward to the tour that I will put together for next year! This is by no means all of the pictures I took ... I have to leave something for you to look at for those gardens I plan on including in the tour!