With all of the garden shows happening on the West Coast of the US this month and next, I thought I'd give a little comparison to the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in England. Although the Hampton Court Show is listed as the biggest flower show in the world, I honestly can't say that it's better or worse than the ones in the US. But they are differant.
The Hampton Court Garden Show is held in July, so all of the display gardens are created outdoors instead of inside. This garden was mulched with slate pieces. Very lovely, but impractical, if you walked on them, they broke.
I loved the simple color scheme of this birch garden.
There was a rather large pond with a cute little tiki hut built on it.
This display was called "Couch Potato" and was put together by a bunch of college students. All of the plants in it were in the solanum family. There was also a couch and a TV in the display, off to the side.
I normally don't care for contemporary gardens, but the colors in this one were so rich and elegant.
Romney carts were quite popular and you could get them small enough for a children's play house, or large enough for a guest room.
One massive tent was given over to extravagant displays of flowers, fruit, and vegies. I'd love to shop in a produce department that carried veg like this!
The tropical Flowers were quite stunning.
I call this "Cactus Dessert Cart".
They were raffling off a stone cottage and actually built a stone cottage in the pavillion so you could see what it looked like. This is the real thing, not cardboard!
After a very long, hot day, my sister and I walked our weary feet back to the bus that would take us to our car and paused for this jail-break photo.
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