A long awaited dream for Tour Manager Gail Scrivener

In July while most of you were experiencing Winter in NZ I was enjoying the warmth of Summer in the UK for the purpose to visit numerous famous castles, manors, and well-known gardens.

Attending the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in the palace grounds has been a long-awaited dream and on the 4th July, it became reality for me.

On this very hot day I marvelled at the enormity of the display gardens that were innovative, beautiful and intriguing Inspiration was found in the planting combinations, landscape features and design styling.

There were five garden categories and it was the “World Gardens” that drew my attention to the amazing displays that transported you to Spain, and the North American places of Oregon, Charleston, and Lee County, to observe how planting styles change in response to the world’s geography and geology. Visiting the Floral Marquee was another highlight of my day, – taking in the vast array of everyday and rare plants on offer from a wealth of specialist nurseries.

The vibrant colour and scent in the “Festival of Roses” and the works of floral art in the” Floral Design Studio” indulged my passion and heightened my desire to return.

How envious I was of all those ladies with their many bags filled with plants returning to London central on the train that evening. A day I could only describe as a feast of fun and beauty.


A CHS tour is planned for June 2018 including the Hampton Court Flower Show
Register your interest now – office@chsgardens.co.nz or tel (03) 366 6937

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