Today, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has confirmed the return of its popular summer flower shows in July.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival supported by Viking (5-11 July) and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (21-25 July) will be two of the first major outdoor events to make a safe return this summer.
Following the postponement of the 2021 RHS Chelsea Flower Show until September, and the huge increase in the number of people growing in 2020*, the two summer shows will make a welcome return with a celebration of gardening and growing packed with inspiration and advice for everyone growing plants, flowers and food for their health, wellbeing and the environment.
Visitors to the shows will be able to discover innovative gardens and fantastic florals alongside a shopper’s paradise of plants, tools, sundries and accessories to decorate all gardens, big or small, plus lots of family fun activities, talks and demonstrations.
Show gardens shining a light on key issues and environmental challenges we face today will be amongst the highlights at RHS Hampton Court alongside a brand new RHS Flower Market. Meanwhile RHS Tatton Park will see the return of the popular Young Designer of the Year Competition with exciting designs from five upcoming designers and an RHS Feature Garden celebrating the power of plants.
Helena Pettit, RHS Director of Gardens and Shows, says: “After months of planning and uncertainty we can’t wait to return to what we do best, putting on our famous RHS Flower Shows for all to enjoy. We have seen a huge increase in people taking up gardening and growing in the last year and so in being able to return to Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park this summer, we hope to bring inspiration and advice for all gardeners and plant lovers as well as a much-needed celebration of summer.
“We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from our members, visitors and exhibitors as we work together to create two unforgettable summer shows. Bringing the horticultural world together again will be significant for the industry and we are continuing to plan for different scenarios to ensure we can open our gates safely and implement social distancing measures if still necessary. We are lucky that both Hampton Court Palace and Tatton Park are large outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed safely by visitors and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back this summer.”
The RHS will reveal more highlights for RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park later this month.