Show & Event News 2013
I sometimes feel rather overwhelmed walking around flower shows - there is so much to see whether it is show gardens, floral displays, allotment exhibits, trade stands or just getting the time to grab a snack while listening to a band.
I always plan my visit with a military precision that Montgomery would be proud of and then when I get inside a show ground it all goes to the wind and I tear round in an excited frenzy trying to find this or that new plant, decide which is my best garden and what planting ideas I like.
Tom, from New Mills School Business & Enterprise College, in Derbyshire, won his title for demonstrating advanced gardening knowledge for his age, a tremendous passion and also skills to grow a wide range of plants. Additionally, he showed excellent understanding of environmental and sustainable issues.
When I think of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show I immediately think roses, for this is one show in the gardening year where you are really treated to a feast from the best rose growers in the country.
This year a 1950s themed festival has entertained visitors and of course the official launch of the Rose of the Year 2014, always eagerly awaited, sees 'Lady Marmalade' (‘Hartinger’) - pictured left - from Harkness Roses win the ultimate accolade.
If you like vibrant colours then the 'Ecover Garden' (Gold) is the one for you. Designed by Matthew Childs, the garden justly deserved its Best in Show award and is set to be one of the most popular with show goers.
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