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The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is an annual event organised by The Royal Horticultural Society. The Long Water in the foreground with Baroque and Tudor architecture as a backdrop adds to the incredible ambience. Over 700 exhibitors display innovative garden ideas at the horticultural extravaganza, which is spread over six days.

DateTuesday 6th July 2010 to Monday 11th July 2016
LocationHampton Court Palace and Gardens
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Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey
Telephone No.020 8781 9500
24-hour information: +44 (0)844 482 7777
Opening times31 Mar-26 Oct Mon 10.15-18.00, Tue-Sun 09.30-18.00. 27 Oct-29 Mar Mon 10.15-16.30, Tue-Sun 09.30-16.30. Gardens: all year daily 07.00-dusk
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The themed presentations at the show are contemporary in nature, like the one at the Climate Change Dome in the 2008 edition, which provided advice and information on the impact of climate change on gardens and what could be done to ensure that we use the right plants and appropriate techniques in our own plots. The London Wildlife Trust showcased a garden featuring animals that we can expect to see in our gardens in the future. The Thai floating market was another crowd puller in 2008, complete with boats filled with flowers and traditional Thai goods.

The floral marquees' section provides ample visual and spiritual delight to the visitors with about 100 of the world's best nurseries exhibiting fabulous plants and floral displays. Visitors can admire botanical marvels such as the London Pride, African Moon or the Magenta Star. Show gardens such as Water Gardens, Small Gardens and Conceptual Gardens encourage imagination and creativity amongst the viewers, whilst The Inspiring Spaces gives visitors tips on how best to utilise those difficult spaces and tricky corners. Thus, visitors to the show can carry with them loads of great garden ideas back home.

A change from other popular flower shows is a chance for visitors to buy plants, new varieties and old favourites, throughout the week direct from the exhibitors, with unexpected bargains especially on the final afternoon. A stunning fireworks display over the Royal Palace at the finale adds a magical touch to the colourful event.