Hampton Court 2000

1pt.gif (86 bytes)This trip was to check out the Hampton Court Flower Show, in order 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! 
1pt.gif (86 bytes)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. 
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The British Rose Festival had a full marquee and national collections were shown in the Plant Heritage marquee. 
1pt.gif (86 bytes)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!

Hatfield3.jpg (79657 bytes)Hatfield House and Gardens

I have included pictures of the house, the gardens, some wonderful rattan cloches and of course another unique bench that I saw. This garden will be in my tour for 2001 so I don't want to give too much information away on it!

beth1.jpg (80164 bytes)Beth Chatto Garden

I have included just four pictures of these wonderful gardens, one of the nursery and the last one of Beth, who I hope will forgive me for taking the top off the picture in my haste to take it! This will be another garden for our tour 2001.

hyde1.jpg (52041 bytes)Hyde Hall

The garden continues to be a work in progress but has much to offer
even at the present time...I have included pictures of the house so you can see how plain it was plus some of the surrounding gardens. Being at the top of the hill offered a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside.

hc1.jpg (41905 bytes)Hampton Court Flower Show

Needless to say, I took many pictures and had a hard time deciding which ones to put up on the site.

nigel.jpg (49027 bytes)Nigel Colbourne

We had the opportunity to listen to Nigel as he went through a slide presentation of plants from all over the world followed by a question and answer session. Of course I introduced myself and said I appreciated him including Canada in his presentation! then asked if I could take his picture!!

walden1.jpg (41155 bytes)The Gardens, St. Paul's Walden Bury

Now this is a garden you either like or don't! It is a very formal woodland garden, with temples, statues and ponds that have not changed since the 18th century.

rose1.jpg (70331 bytes)The Gardens of The Rose, St. Albans
Headquarters of the Royal National Rose Society

This garden contains one of the best and most important collections of roses in the world. There are something like 30,000 roses.

cathedral.jpg (56081 bytes)St. Albans is where I stayed this time.



Hope you enjoyed this quick little tour and maybe there is enough here to entice you into joining me next year! I think I have picked out some fabulous gardens and will soon that this tour up on the site! Do sign up for the travel newsletter if you wish to be informed of it Our third Annual Tour was a success! Check out our day by day pictorial tour!

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