The Hampton Court Flower ShowJuly 27, 2015
We parked in Bushy Park, which is full of stags. I've posted about it before here. I love that area of London - Richmond, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Kingston upon Thames and of course Hampton Court. We've been a few times before, cycling there along the river and for the spectacular gardens.
Location wise it probably is better than Chelsea for being a bit bigger but in fact I found it too big and weirdly spaced out. Chelsea is compact and easy to follow, all the show gardens are grouped together as are the sellers as are the smaller gardens. Whereas at Hampton Court it was all mixed into one, we didn't know which way to walk!
Of course, it's still a lovely day out complete with pimms, a brass band and full of flowers and all things garden. But we actually found it more crowded than Chelsea. Maybe it's because it was a hot friday afternoon? And we normally go on Members Day at Chelsea but after so many people had told me how it would be quieter, we found it to be the opposite.
One thing I really did love though were the dahlias and hollyhocks. Chelsea is a bit too early in the year for them.
And is there anything better than David Austin roses and bunting?!