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Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

From 2-8 July, The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) largest flower festival supported by Viking will return to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with exciting new content for 2018 including iconic horticulture, a mass planting of Verbena bonariensis and an immersive feature taking visitors on an explorative journey through time.

For the first time ever at the show, RHS Hampton will be celebrating iconic figures of the horticultural world, welcoming influential landscape designer, nurseryman and author Piet Oudolf. Internationally acclaimed for transforming urban spaces, the Dutch designer will be bringing his iconic naturalistic style to the show, creating a whimsical walk through feature. Using bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses synonymous with his style of planting, the border will sit opposite the historical palace to create a picture perfect array of colours and textures.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a purple meadow of Verbena bonariensis. Thousands of these delicate flowers will create a dazzling display of lilac, lavender and violet shades sweeping along the Long Water for visitors to wander through and enjoy this elegant summer flower.

The show will take visitors on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of plants on earth. ‘Evolve: Through the Roots of Time’ will guide visitors through barren landscapes prior to the Cambrian era over 500 million years ago, to the lush tropical jungles of the Jurassic period, and into the present day where visitors will walk through a meadow of flowering plants which first appeared during the Cretaceous time. Housed inside a dome structure and spilling out into the showground, the theatrical and educational experience will open curious minds to see how fossils were formed and seeds developed.

Floral Marquee highlights will see 85 specialist nurseries including eight National Plant Collection holders from Plant Heritage who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary. Salutation gardens, Moore & Moore, English Iris Company, Hedgehog Plant and Garden Nursery, Limecross and New Forest Hosta are amongst the new floral exhibitors at this year’s Show, alongside Hampshire Carnivorous Plants who will return as the Master Grower 2018.

Other highlights include the inspirational gardens and annual Festival of Roses which will see a cornucopia of colour and scent.

Gemma Lake, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower show manager says: “We are delighted to reveal our exciting new line up to RHS Hampton 2018. We want to make sure that our visitors feel inspired, whether they’re keen gardeners or just want to know where to start! With a festival feel, it is a great summer’s day out and the best place for anyone wanting ideas, gardening advice, beautiful plants and gardening goods to grow a garden they love.

“This year promises to bring a festival of flowers to Hampton Court Palace with hands on workshops, amazing horticultural sights and delicious home grown dishes from our tempting new ‘Dig In’ food area.”

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will run from 2 – 8 July with an exclusive Preview Evening* held on Monday 2 July. For further information or to buy tickets, please visit the RHS website at www.rhs.org.uk/hamptoncourt

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