Posted 19th Feb 2016
The much-anticipated LandLove Awards have been handed out and we're celebrating our countryside champions, as voted for by you, by chatting to some of the winners
Today, we're sitting down with the winner of Britain's favourite day out, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This proved to be a firm favourite with voters, with more than 27% voting in favour of the event.
Congratulations on winning Britain's favourite day out - what makes RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show such a special occasion?
Thank you we are absolutely thrilled! RHS Hampton is the world’s largest annual flower show, transforming the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace into a horticultural haven. Visitors have the chance to experience the amazing gardens by walking through them and getting up close with the incredible designs.
There is also a fantastic range of tools, sculptures, furniture and more on offer from the Trade stands to the best, newest, finest and most unusual and colourful blooms and foliage imaginable in the different marquees all available to purchase. Just a short train journey from London the show is a great day summers day out in the country for those looking to spend the day amongst the blooms.
The annual Preview Evening opens the show, taking place on Monday 4 July (5–10.30pm). Visitors can spend time listening to live music with friends and family while viewing the beautiful gardens and floral displays, before tucking into a picnic or a meal in one of the restaurants. The perfect finish to the evening is a magnificent fireworks display
Last year was particularly special as we celebrated the shows 25th anniversary.
What can our readers expect from this year's event?
Every year more and more new and exciting content is packed in. This year there is set to be more gardens than ever with two new categories to look out for; City Gardens, showcasing what can be done in a small urban garden and gardens themed around Capability Brown. We have also launched an exciting garden design competition with BBC Local Radio calling for amateur garden designers across England to design a ‘Feel Good Front Garden’, the four winning designs will be on display at the show.
Exciting new features at this year’s show include an enormous butterfly dome giving visitors the opportunity to walk among thousands of exotic butterflies from Indonesia and South America. The Floral Marquee and Plant Village will be bursting with more floral exhibitors and specialist nurseries than ever before. The popular Festival of Roses Marquee will be a feast for the senses as visitors are welcomed by the scent and sight of thousands of blooms within a cottage-garden setting inspired by Beatrix Potters’ garden at Hill Top house. For the first time, on 9 July 2016, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is hosting a ‘Family Saturday’, featuring additional children’s activities including seed sowing, a family trail, story time, and a number of child-oriented cookery classes.
What does hosting the event at Hampton Court Palace add to the show?
The setting of the palace provides a great back drop and the deer park really helps to give the show a countryside feel even though it’s only 30 minutes from Waterloo. The setting really comes into its own on the Preview Evening with a fantastic firework display in front of the Palace to mark the finale
Are there any funny stories from all the years of doing it?
There are a fair few, the weather normally keeps us on our toes, in 2012 torrential rain closed many events but the hard work of the ground crew (including pulling cars out of the car park) meant that everyone could still enjoy the event alongside the ducks