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Hampton Court Flower Show 2016 | by Karen Roe
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Hampton Court Flower Show 2016

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world's biggest annual flower show. Flanking both sides of the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace, you can enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits.


The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network South East. In 1992 Network South East announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993 and it has gone on to become the world’s largest flower show. For the first Hampton Court Palace Shows, Network South East laid on special trains from Waterloo and the railway porters all wore carnations in their hats.


Did you know...

It takes three weeks to build a show garden & two weeks to build a small garden - but just three days to dismantle them.

An average of 130,000 people attend the show every year.

The Floral Marquee is 6,750 square metres, big enough to fit an FA football pitch.

The British Rose Festival was introduced in the second show, in 1991.

There are seven exhibitors that have taken part in every show since 1990: Blackmore & Langdon, The Botanic Nursery, Fibrex Nurseries, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Southfield Nursery and WS Warmenhoven.

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Taken on July 7, 2016