This year, the Duchess of Cambridge’s Back to Nature Garden was a highlight. Scents were on high dial, from the aromatic lime trees shoed by pop-pink dahlias to the lavender in the Downderry Nursery. Interactive elements comprised demonstrations on the calming effect of plants and lessons on creating a terrarium.
For 2020, Hampton’s popular Show, Lifestyle and Global Impact Gardens will be making a comeback. There will also be culinary experiences, shopping and workshops, all providing sought-after inspiration for visitors’ own gardens. Also featuring are a large Floral Marquee, wide-ranging Plant Village, and Festival of Roses in kaleidoscopic bloom.
With tickets for all shows off the ground on Friday, customers are spoilt for choice between the RHS’s innumerable offerings. But Hampton boasts a roomy site, affordable tickets and a palatial backdrop, as well as a welcome relaxation space alongside the Long Water canal.
You can even purchase your own plants, something not on offer at Chelsea. Given that each paying adult can bring two under-sixteens with them free of charge, houseplant-obsessed teenagers may well allow themselves to be towed along to Hampton on the promise of plant-shopping.
Though not the best-known of the RHS’s summer span, the 2020 Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is poised to pack a punch in the gardening sphere.
*The RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival is only open to RHS members on Tuesday 7 July and Wednesday 8 July.
|What||Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020|
|Where||Hampton Court Palace, East Mosley , KT8 9AU | MAP|
06 Jul 20 – 12 Jul 20, Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
|Price||£33.50, members £28|
|Website||Click here for tickets and information|