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Hampton Court Flower Show 2013

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30 Gardens to Explore
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The Great Garden Festival

Hampton Court Palace is usually the place you would go for a history lesson about the Tudors. As fascinating and regal as that all is, you have to admit that it was a pretty grim era. Disease and death were the two main features of the the the sixteenth century, not giving you much to smile about.

This July, however, Hampton Court will be changing its tune. One week celebrating, beauty, colour, and life. It is time for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. With tickets costing 29.50, this year the show will combine the 'exquisite beauty of one of Britain's greatest flower shows with all the fun and excitement of a spectacular summer festival.' There will be thirty gardens to explore across three exciting zones.

The Escape Zone

Absorb all the beauty in this wildlife paradise, which includes a butterfly dome, designer hen houses, and buzzing bees. With food, music, and theatre, it is also a shopper's dream. You'll be able to find a vintage floristry, country living garden furniture, and stylish clothing.

Grow Zone

Learn all about British plants in the Plant Heritage Marquee, and how to grow your own in the Floral Marquee, where a hundred of the UK's best flower nurseries will be giving hands on demonstrations. There will be fun activities for kids, including a scarecrow competition, and family workshops such as sowing yarrow and decorating flower pots.

Inspire Zone

Find inspiring ideas for your own home, where there will be examples of high impact gardens at low cost prices. There will also be a 'hands-on' area, and a section showcasing designer gardens by celebrities.

Gardens you may like to visit include Anthansia, which is a serene woodland landscape dedicated to Emma Peios, who died of leukaemia in 2012. Bugs in Boots is an ecological space for insects, designed to flood during heavy rainfall, and Four Corners was inspired by the ancient Chahar Bagh Persian-style garden layout, which is divided into four areas by a small stream.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 9th-14th July
Phone: 0844 338 7506
Where: Hampton Court Palace
Cost: 29.50
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