RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
It was a great honour to be able to attend the preview evening of the prestigious RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. The sun was shining, and the atmosphere was buzzing as we walked in to the famous grounds. We immediately grabbed a picnic spot by the longwater and headed off to see the show gardens for inspiration. We were spoiled for choice. Some were more beautiful than others but those that lacked in beauty made up for it in creativity with a thought-provoking message.
The RHS Back to Nature garden was a haven of fun and mischief with dens, swings and plenty of places to hide away from chaos. The Dream of the Indianos was like being transported to the Caribbean with its exotic colour palette and impressive palm trees. It is hard to believe these gardens are temporary installations.
The Festival of Roses was a spectacle in itself. A small quiet seating area surrounded by what felt like hundreds of varieties made for a dazzling display of colour with a magnificent aroma.
There was plenty to see and do and we could easily have spent hours exploring the tradestands which offered a variety of gardening products and structures. From the quality hand-made oak signs of Bespoak Designs to the many artisans packed into the Country Living tent there appeared to be something for everyone.
But for now, it was time to enjoy our picnic to the disco-funk sounds of Frank Moody on the floating stage and await the spectacular fireworks finale.