Preparations are hotting up for this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hyde Hall Flower Show, a four-day floral extravaganza set in the spectacular surroundings of RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex. In its first five years the show’s popularity has grown – from 7,600 visitors in 2010 to more than 18,000 in 2014 – and it has fast become a firm favourite in the gardening calendar.
The sixth show (30 July to 2 August) will feature 60 specialist nurseries and garden trade stands, with the chance for visitors to see mini show gardens and buy a wide range of plants and flowers as well as all the tools and equipment the home and professional gardener might need.
Exhibitors include 17 nurseries fresh from medal-winning success at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May. Derbyshire Bonsai, which offers outdoor and indoor bonsai trees, and WS Warmehoven, which specialises in amaryllis and alliums, are both coming to Hyde Hall for the first time and are among the nine Gold-medal winners attending the show.
Some of the unusual opportunities to buy will include the Battlesbridge Mills Garden Centre, which specialises in chillies and herbs including banana mint and creeping red thyme, and Dalefoot Composts, which takes its inspiration from old gardening books and offers a range of wholesome composts made from ingredients such as sheep’s wool and bracken.
New for this year is a floral art marquee showing a range of innovative displays created by local Essex flower arrangers, with some spaces still available for those who would like to take part.
RHS experts will be on hand to answer gardening queries, offer the very best gardening advice and help visitors make informed plant choices, and there is also the chance to meet and learn from RHS Garden Hyde Hall’s own gardeners.
Head of site Ian Le Gros said: ‘We are delighted that visitor numbers have grown so rapidly over the years, and we want to build even more on this success in 2015. With a new floral art marquee and more than 16 new exhibitors and trade stands, it will be a fresh, colourful and enjoyable event that we hope will attract people from far and wide.’
This is also the first RHS Flower Show for new garden curator Robert Brett, who began working for the RHS in April and has an impressive track record at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, at the Eden Project and at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. He joins the garden at an exciting time, with ambitious projects such as an edible garden, a winter garden and an immense perennial meadow under way. Show visitors will be free to roam around the 360-acre garden and estate, which includes a Hilltop Garden and a Mediterranean-inspired Dry Garden.
There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for a cup of tea and a piece of cake at the Field Café and Barn Restaurant, and further onsite catering will be available around the show. Cream teas will be on offer in the pop-up café in the Events Barn, and RHS members can purchase a special Flower Show Members Breakfast package on Thursday and Friday.
Published by BALI