Wander into a Floral Wonderland at Royal Hampton Court

Forget Alice, if you want to chance upon a wonderland, it is far closer than down the rabbit hole, a skip, a hop and a train ride away at Hampton Court. And this weekend is the last chance you have to visit the world’s biggest annual flower show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not one with green fingers: The only plant I have managed to look after that hasn’t met its abrupt and brutal death under my roof is a cactus, and I have a landscape garden that comprises nothing more than pebbles and a wooden decking. Nevertheless, RHS Hampton Court Palace has the power to mesmerise even the least green-fingered.

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I was invited to spend the press day afternoon at the exhibition courtesy of Crabtree & Evelyn. Their Botanical Studio Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, designed by award winning garden designer Jade Goto, was a blissful walk through scented pathways set out to reveal the perfume inspiring qualities of flowers and botanicals.

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I then decided to extend the picturesque journey with a leisurely walk through the exhibition, nature’s grandeur come alive in beautifully landscaped gardens, flower beds, grand canopies and outdoor living you’d be too shamed to call sheds… While I can never appreciate half the products on offer, even as a mere third party I could appreciate the bliss and mindfulness a couple of hours spent in walking down lanes surrounded with a myriad of botany could bring.

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Beautiful glass art by Carrie Anne Funnell

If you do get a chance there are still tickets available for this year. If not, make sure to put this on your summer agenda next year, I say. Even if you’re not into your pots and plants, I guarantee you will be in for a surprise.

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