The RHS Hampton Court Flower show is always wonderful. My camera and I always really look forward to visiting.
The show gardens and the floral marquees are something truly special to behold.
I started my tour outside while the weather was fine.
This is The Perennial Sanctuary Garden. Perennial is the only UK charity for all those working in or retired from horticulture.
Its wrap around shape and spiralling colours represents the journey and security clients enjoy with the charity’s help.
The Urban Rain Garden shows visitors practical take-home ideas for water usage, with efficient rainwater catchment, movement and storage systems being incorporated as features in the front and back garden designs.
Although Rachel de Thame was busy filming in the garden so I couldn’t get too close.
The ‘Not For Sale’ garden highlights the terrible ivory trade that still continues around the world.
Amanda Lamb, pictured above, was about to start filming a feature on it.
One of my favourites was the London Glades garden. Designed for the over-structured urban setting, it is a space to relinquish control and allow for natural processes to take centre stage.
I read the information placard by the garden which informed me that its design was based on forest gardening principles and the study of phenomenology.
The ‘On The Edge’ garden is an allegorical garden that tells the tale of a journey from mental ill-health to acceptance.
I wore my old reliable Little White Dress thinking about the first day of Wimbledon.
Roses are always my favourite to see.
A beautiful collection of colours and scents in one shot!
This rose is called Aloha – a powerfully punchy pink!
Another favourite (I’ve decided it’s fine to have loads of favourites when it comes to gardens) was The Pazo’s Secret Garden. Within the walls of an historic Galician Pazo, or Palace, visitors to this garden will find a romantic space, filled with water and intrigue.
‘The Great Gardens Of The USA: The Charleston Garden’ captures the spirit and elegance of Charleston and offers a sense of the sub-tropical climate and the atmosphere of the city.
It takes inspiration from Charleston’s famous hidden gardens and Pineapple fountain.
Off set against the dramatic gloomy sky, my eyes went straight for this garden – the Journey of Life.
An attractive looking water-pool (even on a day like today!) and a striking wall made me want to see more.
Beautiful topiary and planting in a curve marked the boundary of the garden.
The ‘Viking Cruises World of Discovery’ garden was lovely.
The fresh fragrance of lemon balm found in Crete to the unusual pink bark of the Chinese red birch, it is a treat for all the senses.
And a real Viking! Well, real-ish.
The ‘RHS Watch This Space Garden’ was designed by Andy Sturgeon and built by landscaping apprentices, trainees and students volunteering their time.
Soft planting in contrast to the hard and dramatic lines of the structures that add height in the background make it a very arresting garden to see.
Inside the Pavilion, I felt like a busy bee with a camera.
Hoping in between the different stands.