David Domoney’s Insider GuideTop 10 things to see and do1The RHS Celebrity TheatreEvery day a special celebrity guestwill take to the stage on the CelebrityTheatre, supported by Anglian HomeImprovements. Come along to see thenation’s favourite gardeners and TV presenterstalk about their love of gardening and wildlife.Plus they will be revealing their tips and bestkeptsecrets!I’ll be on stage alongside my colleaguesJohn Craven, Diarmuid Gavin, CharlieDimmock, Toby Buckland, Simon King,Christine Walkden, Pippa Greenwood andJim Buttress.The first show starts at 11am each day anda celebrity will take to the stage every hour.See the programme at the end of the guide.2The Show Gardens andSummer GardensGet inspired by a range of showgardens filled with design and plantingideas you can try at home!This year’s creations will include acommunity garden, a retirement garden and arestored Victorian cut flower garden.Plus check out the gardens built as naturalspaces to aid recovery, designed in aid ofcharities including Scotty’s Little Soldiers andMacmillan Cancer Support.Another highlight is the World Gardenssection, including Turkish Delight. The designwill feature plants, colours and water fountainscommon in Islamic-Turkish gardens.The Summer Gardens are also set to befantastic, introducing a roof garden, a healinggarden and a rice field.325th Anniversary MazeLose yourself in the magical RHSAnniversary Maze. It features a bigsilver ‘25’ – how long will it take you tofind your way to the end?The Anniversary Maze will cover 900square metres and link in to the world famousmaze on the grounds of Hampton CourtPalace that was planted around the year 1700.4Conceptual GardensThis year the theme is sensations,with seven gardens designed asimmersive, interactive installations.There will be a gallery of mirrors, aBalaji temple garden and a thought-provokingAfrican installation exploring how monocropfarming devastates natural areas.Plus check out the wildcard Ready... Aim...Flower! It’s a rreminder that plants thriveregardless of the environment.5Festival of RosesCelebrate the iconic rose with thisfloral festival. It will be a carnivalof colour from standard, climberand bush roses, spectacular flowerdisplays and beautiful scents from everydirection.You can also purchase roses direct andreceive expert advice from the growers andspecialist rose breeders.Plus look out for the winner of theprestigious Rose of the Year award.
David Domoney’s Insider Guide6The Floral MarqueeVisit 100 of the UK’s best nurseriestogether under one roof. There willbe an incredible range of plants foryou to admire and buy in the FloralMarquee.See everything at its July best anddiscover plants you never even knewexisted!It’s a great place to meet expert growersand get tips on caring for theplants.Plus get a taste for plantconservation in the PlantHeritage Marquee.And check out the newFlower Boxes feature –displaying different growingstyles and schemes to inspire you.Remember,these exhibitorsare not salesexecutives, they’repassionate growerswho want to helpand inspire you.7The Historic GardensHampton Court Palace Flower Showis not the only institution celebratingan anniversary this year!It’s Winnie the Pooh’s 90thbirthday, and you can join in thefun with a woodland garden inspired by thebooks, including many recognisable featuresfrom the stories.And revel in the British love for tea partieswith the Alice in Wonderland Tea Partygarden. It’s an eccentric creation to mark the150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book.Finally, it is 800 years since the MagnaCarta was signed to enshrine our humanrights. Amnesty International have created agarden around a central tree, representingthe famous Ankerwycke Yew that the MagnaCarta was signed under.8Join Pimm’s o’clock!Pop into the special tents all aroundthe showground and refresh yourpalate with a jug of Pimm’s. There’snothing better to get you in arelaxed, summery mood!9New Feast ZoneExplore foodie heaven in the FeastZone for a huge variety of fine foodsand fresh produce – I bet you neverknew gardening could be so tasty!Get inspired to start growing crops at homewith stunning displays of fresh fruit, vegetablesand herbs in the Growing Tastes Marquee.And check out the cooking demonstrationsat the Cookery Theatre. Look out for talks fromJames Wong and Rachel Allen.Throughout the Feast Zone you’ll find loadsof top gardening tips and ideas to try growingyour own food at home.10Palace Garden RoomSit down to eat in style at theheart of the show in the PalaceGarden Room.Enjoy the views over the Long Water with arefreshing drink and something to eat. It offerssandwiches, salads and cakes as well as a fullafternoon tea.All food at the show is provided by localproducers – think English strawberries, breadsand cakes from artisan bakeries in Londonand even local ale! Check out the AspallSuffolk Cyder and London PrideBitter. Or try the tasty sustainablefish and chips.