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RHS cancels its Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that it is cancelling this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Initially postponing the event from July to early September, the RHS says it is “saddened” to cancel Hampton Court. The decision has been made due to the continued uncertainty about events amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Flower shows due to take place at RHS Garden Rosemoor and RHS Garden Hyde Hall in September have also been cancelled. This means no RHS flower shows will be taking place for the rest of the year.

Sue Biggs, RHS director general, says: “We had so hoped that we could hold our much loved RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival this autumn for our members, visitors, exhibitors and sponsors, but sadly in these challenging times this is just not possible.

“We are pleased that our Virtual Chelsea online show did so much in terms of bringing some horticultural joy to the nation, as well as supporting the horticulture industry and we continue to support our nurseries through the Garden Magazine and online during this time.”

Everyone who has purchased a ticket to the affected shows will be contacted by the RHS and offered 2021 show dates, refunds and other options should they wish to show their support of the RHS.

Sue finishes: “We continue to carefully follow government advice and make responsible decisions with the health and safety of people always at the front of our minds.

“All future planned RHS shows are of course subject to government advice allowing them to take place, but we hope to welcome you back in 2021 to some spectacular shows, including of course the world’s best flower show, Chelsea 2021.”


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