RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 — Highlights

We had the pleasure of attending this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as we'd been commissioned by Cultivar Greenhouses to produce some photography of their stand. The guys at Cultivar are great; they're a family-run company that take engineering very seriously and we really appreciate their dedication to clean lines and exact finishes. Here's a link to some work we did with them in the past - a reminder of how dazzling the weather is right now too.  

We spent a fair amount of time dodging our own shadows and shot all three greenhouses from every angle possible, here is a handful of the resulting images:

CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
CULTIVAR Greenhouses at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Once we were happy that we'd covered all bases with Cultivar we took a wander around the show. As it was our third RHS show (see our take on the Chelsea Flower Show from last year here) we came to recognise some of the exhibitors and felt like we were *almost* pros at covering ground. 

Here are a few gardens that caught our eye...

Countryfile's 30th Anniversary Garden (designed by Ann-Marie Powell)

This garden stopped us in our tracks (not least because there was a tv crew hovering around it doing their thing) but because it felt so familiar to us - kind of not a 'garden' as such but more just a piece of all different parts of the UK that had been brought together. We loved the incredible recreation of hedgerow and field and really felt it celebrated every day life outside of the city. 

Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Apeiron: The Dibond Garden (designed by Alex Rainford-Roberts)

A small Cor-ten cube edged with textural planting and guarded by a guy that let everyone in one-by-one so that they could experience the inside of the box in solitude. Inside we are surrounded by meadow plants and mirrors right the way around. We didn't spend long in here because we wanted to make sure the queue outside got their turn but we loved it.  

Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Evolve: Through the Roots of Time

This was an obvious choice for us; we were immediately intrigued at the sight of a geodesic dome when we first walked in and saved it for last. The garden took us through the ages of the earth from the Cambrian era right to present day, telling the story very simply through plant life. We loved the texture and variety created purely by the use of foliage and some very special trees (provided by Majestic Trees.) 

Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018

Conscious Consumerism (designed by Joseph Gibson)

This garden appealed to us for obvious reasons; education as well as aesthetic. The goal of the garden is to teach of the destruction that the meat industry has on the natural world, told as a walk-through experience beginning with the Amazon rainforest and ending in pretty much nothingness. Whether we agree or not we can't deny the very clever way of presenting the information and the way we were guided through the garden. 

Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018
Haarkon at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018