What's on at RHS Hampton Court Palace 2019

A new garden category, a host of demonstrations, marquees bursting with plants and a focus on health and wellbeing – get set for the ultimate garden festival

After a scorcher of a show in 2018, RHS Hampton Court Palace is back – with a new name and a whole host of features set to inspire and entertain.

With workshops, music, food and competitions, there’s a whole lot more to the show than flowers. This year the event has been given a new name and will now be known as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

It’s not all change though and there’s still plenty of the old favourites making a welcome return, including the famous Floral Marquee, fabulous Show Gardens and endless shopping opportunities.

It’s set to be the garden festival of the summer, so save the date in your diary and read on for the line-up so far.

A garden co-designed by The Duchess 

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge will be co-designing a garden for the festival in 2019 with award-winning landscape architects, Andrée Davies and Adam White. 

It will follow a design debut from The Duchess and team at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The RHS Back to Nature Garden will be redesigned for visitors to enjoy at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival before finding a home at RHS Garden Wisley

Celebrate the legacy of Beth Chatto

Beth ChattoThe festival is paying homage to legendary plantswoman, Beth Chatto who sadly passed away last year.  Beth has been named as the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2019 Horticultural Hero.

It will be the second year that the show has celebrated a legend from the gardening world, with Piet Oudolf being named as the first Horticultural Hero in 2018.

This year’s display will see Beth’s long and successful career celebrated with a gravel garden that takes inspiration from the Beth Chatto gardens. The Beth Chatto team are putting an emphasis on using drought-tolerant plants in a nod to our ever-changing and unpredictable climate.  

Listen to live music

Guitarist plays at Hampton Court PalaceTake a break from the hustle and bustle of the show and enjoy a picnic in front of our floating stage. This feature is brand new for 2019 and will feature a lively schedule of music and entertainment all day long.

Relax in the sunshine to performances from the likes of Soul Brothers, Brass Funkies and the Westend Musical Choir.

Find ideas in the Show Gardens

A garden festival wouldn’t be complete without a whole host of gardens – and we have them in abundance. With four garden categories in 2019, there’s ideas aplenty, offering inspiration to fill the tiniest pot, windowbox or border, up to larger spaces for entertaining, relaxing and everything in between.

New for 2019, the Global Impact Gardens category explores topical themes, using innovative planting and design ideas to convey their hard-hitting messages. Whether it’s a social, economic or environmental issue, the Global Impact Gardens will be a platform for conversation.

Enjoy the show with family

A mother and daughter enjoy the showThere is an exciting array of family activities to get the whole clan involved at this year’s event. Explore what secrets lies beneath the surface of ponds in our interactive pond dipping experience, or get glammed up with glitter face painting and making a flower crown.

With a host of free activities running throughout the show, be sure to check out our timetables for more information.

Indulge in food inspired by nature

Merlin Labron-JohnsonDiscover an all-new dining experience with Merlin’s Wild Garden Banquet. This exclusive banquet consists of a bespoke five-course menu and an immersive foraging workshop where you'll be guided through a wild garden of sorrel, rowan berries, hen of the wood mushrooms, elderberries, flowers and wild garlic with a forager host.

Here you’ll discover how Michelin-starred chef, Merlin Labron-Johnson, has incorporated these seasonal gems into his cooking – and how they can be used at home to make old favourites like jams, soups, cordials, liqueurs and dressings.

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Feel calm with the power of plants

Anyone who’s spent time in a garden will know how uplifting it can be. At the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, we’re exploring the positive effects that plants can have on our health and wellbeing, and invite you to join in.

Expect to find interactive spaces where you can take time out and find a moment’s peace, harnessing the power of plants to boost your mental wellbeing. There’ll also be plenty of demos to get involved with, revealing the huge array of health benefits that plants can have.

Learn skills in our workshops

They say every day is a school day, and that’s certainly for sure at this year's festival. There’ll be experts galore at the show, all on-hand to teach you new skills and crafts that you can use throughout your home, garden and beyond.

Whether you’re keen to create a terrarium, want to don a flower crown or need a few ideas to spruce up your garden, head to one of our talks and workshops to learn something new and take something home.

Potter around the Plant Village

If you’re looking for a new addition to bring some summer colour to your garden, the Plant Village and Floral Marquee are the places to be. 

With a huge variety of exhibitors joining us at the show, there’ll be plenty of ideas to bring to your own garden. You’ll be spoilt for choice for plants to fill every nook, pot and cranny.  

Cook up a new recipe at Dig-In Live

Visitors attend a workshop
Roll up your sleeves and head to our Dig-In cookery theatre for inspiration to take back to your kitchen. There’s plenty to get your taste buds tingling as you watch expert chefs cook up a treat.

Whether you’re keen to put your home-grown vegetables to good use or need a show-stopping recipe for an upcoming dinner party, the Dig-In theatre is your one-stop shop for all things foodie.

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