About the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

3-9 July 2017

Hampton Court Show Garden

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is world's biggest annual flower show. Flanking both sides of the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace, you can enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits. There is an opportunity for an early glimpse of what's on offer at this year's Preview Evening held before the show opens to the public.

The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993, and it has gone on to become the world’s largest flower show. For the first Hampton Court Palace Shows, Network Southeast laid on special trains from Waterloo, and the railway porters all wore carnations in their hats.

Did you know...

  • It takes three weeks to build a show garden & two weeks to build a small garden - but just three days to dismantle them
  • An average of 130,000 people attend the show every year
  • The Floral Marquee is 6,750 square metres, big enough to fit an FA football pitch
  • The British Rose Festival was introduced in the second show, in 1991
  • There are seven exhibitors that have taken part in every show since 1990: Blackmore & Langdon, The Botanic Nursery, Fibrex Nurseries, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Southfield Nursery and WS Warmenhoven

About our show sponsor

Having enjoyed a five-year relationship with the RHS, Viking Cruises is delighted to be headline sponsor at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, one of the best-loved events in the UK gardening calendar. Quality, creativity and attention to detail are all hallmarks of a Viking journey – and also of an award-winning RHS garden. Both take pride in creating inspiring ways in which people can relax and enjoy their free time. Viking Cruises are proud to offer the most awarded river cruises in the world, as well as the most innovative and exciting ocean cruises aboard stunning new ships, Viking Star and Viking Sea.

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