If the RHS Chelsea flower show is one of the society events of the spring, then the RHS Hampton Court flower show is all about families, flowers and gardening for the future. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s show…

Looking to the future…

‘Hampton Court’ this year is all about looking ahead in terms of both garden design and the changing world in which we garden. In the conceptual garden category the ‘Miracle/Elements of Life’ garden looks at the way that plants engage with minerals, compounds, water and life beneath the soil, asking viewers to consider the relationship between plants and the soil. Designed almost like a free-standing sculpture, the garden also pushes the boundaries of what a garden can be, as well as what it can do.

The World Gardens category has some beautiful entries that look to broaden our understanding of gardening cultures beyond our own shores, including the ‘Great Gardens of the USA – The Charleston Garden‘, which celebrates the hidden gardens and culture of that town, with its welcoming atmosphere and unique fountain.

In the Gardens for a Changing World category, the thought provoking ‘Urban Rain Garden‘ has some great ideas that visitors can really take home for their own gardens, on water management and planting for wet and dry conditions.

Working together…

Whilst every show-garden takes a great deal of team effort, good-will and hard work, the ‘Colour Box‘ show garden at this year’s event is truly innovative in that it has no official sponsor and has been entirely organised and realised thanks to the team work, plant donations and community spirit of the online horticultural Twitter community. It demonstrates what can be achieved when gardeners help each other and exchange time, knowledge and plants.

For more information (including tickets and show times) and inspiration, see the RHS link to the show here.