2016's floral offerings continue this week with RHS's Hampton Court Flower Show from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 10th July. As the world's biggest annual flower show, marquees, plant pavilions and show gardens can be found either side of Hampton Court Palace's Long Water.
Initially held by Historic Royal Palaces in 1990, the show was taken on by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993. Nearly 100 nurseries can be found in the huge Floral Marquee, all selling award-winning plants. Discover the Floral Design Studio within the Floral Marquee. In honour of this year's Olympics in Brazil, the Floral Design Studio is inspired by a Carnival theme. The Festival of Roses can also be found in this huge Marquee, which is arguably the most show-stopping event at the whole Hampton Court Flower Show. This year's Festival of Roses celebrates the anniversary of Beatrix Potter.
Another highlight this year is the Butterfly Dome, a specially constructed structure filled with butterflies from South America and Indonesia. The dome is surrounded by a meadow designed to attract British butterflies and insects, which will hopefully lead to increased pollination in the area.
Demonstrations are due to be held by celebrity gardeners where visitors can learn top tips and trade secrets. Learn all about Roses and Floristry before heading to the Cook & Grow Theatre where the likes of James Wong, Alys Fowler and Tess Ward can be found.
2016 also sees the introduction of two new categories in the Show Gardens; the Capability Brown Gardens which will celebrate the 18th century landscape architect, and the City Gardens which will show and inspire visitors to find innovative ways of using small outside spaces.
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