About the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

2-7 July 2019


Hampton Court Show Garden


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, supported by Viking Cruises, is world's largest annual flower show, stretching over 34 acres. 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 18 months to plan each show, and 200 people to build and dismantle it
  • It takes three weeks to build a show garden & two weeks to build a small garden - but just five days to dismantle them
  • An average of 140,000 people attend the show every year, and most visitors spend around 5 hours there
  • All waste at the show is recycled
  • 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
  • The hottest year recorded at the show was in 2015 when temperatures reached 37 degrees
  • More flowers are sold per square mile at RHS Hampton than anywhere else in the UK

About our show sponsor

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Having enjoyed a long term relationship with the RHS, Viking 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 cruise – 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 are proud to offer the most awarded river cruises in the world, as well as the most innovative and exciting ocean cruises aboard stunning, Scandinavian-inspired ships.

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