Wednesday 22 June 2016
• Inspiration and beautiful plants for new and seasoned gardeners
• Premier gardening event in Essex with horticultural experts
• Set in the glorious surroundings of Hyde Hall in high summer
Preparations are hotting up for this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hyde Hall Flower Show, a four-day floral extravaganza set in the beautiful surroundings of the Society’s Essex garden. The show features 60 specialist nurseries with beautiful floral displays, garden trade stands, plus tasty food and live music throughout the weekend.
Now a firm favourite in the gardening calendar, the show’s popularity has seen unprecedented growth with visitor numbers increasing by a whopping 250% over the past six years. Head of site Ian Le Gros said: “We are delighted with how it’s established itself so rapidly, and we will build on this success for this year’s show with the addition of an artists’ marquee and lots of new nurseries and trade stands. It will be a fresh, colourful and enjoyable event that we hope will attract people from far and wide.”
Exhibitors will include nurseries fresh from medal-winning success at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. John Cullen Gardens Ltd, which offers plants for pollinators, scented plants, and edible plants, and Plants Delivered, specialists in hardy exotics, are both coming to Hyde Hall for the first time along with 14 other new nurseries and suppliers.
Also new to the flower show this year is the Artists’ Pavilion where the RHS is showcasing the work of four outstanding artists: Marion Sidebottom (creative photographer), Douglas Payne (stained glass painting), Sue Fields (botanical art), Rhian John (original paintings and prints). In the Floral Art Marquee, innovative displays by local Essex floral artists will celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
So, whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional, there is inspiration and guidance aplenty to be found at the show, with mini show gardens and a huge range of quality plants, flowers and tools to choose from. RHS experts will be on hand to answer gardening queries, offer the very best gardening advice and help visitors make informed plant choices.
Visitors to the show will also be able to share their best pictures of the day on Twitter by using the hashtag #RHSPhotoComp and entering the newly opened RHS Photographic Competition 2017 with the chance to win great prizes.
RHS members will also be able to take advantage of a Flower Show Breakfast package on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August, which enables them to beat the crowds and benefit from a full English breakfast, a guided garden tour, and earlybird entry to the show for just £22.50 per person (booking essential on 020 3176 5830).
Entrance to the show is free with normal garden admission and the show is open from 10am to 5pm each day.
For more information, please contact: Sue Carter, RHS Garden Hyde Hall; 01245 402006; firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
About the RHS Photographic Competition
The competition opened on 26 May 2016 and closes on 28 February 2017. There are nine categories in total and all are free to enter, both for RHS members and non-members. Of these, eight categories will give a first, second or third place, plus highly commended, if judges deem necessary. The Portfolio category is an RHS-judged medal category for which applicants must go through to a selection process (please see below). To enter free images please visit: rhs.org.uk/photocomp .
About RHS Garden Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall 0845 265 8071*
*Calls to RHS ‘08’ numbers cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider`s access charge.
10am – 6pm (4pm November to February)
Last admission is one hour before closing. Closed Christmas Day.
2016 garden admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements vary according to membership type).
Adults £10.00 (£11.00 with donation)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £5.00 (£5.50 with donation)
Children 4 & under Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children £25.50 (£28.25 with donation)
Groups of 10+ £9.00pp (booking essential)
About the Hyde Hall Gift Shop and Plant Centre
The Hyde Hall Shop and Plant Centre has a wide range of British grown herbaceous plants and roses and in the Gift Shop you’ll find lots of new products for summer, as well as exclusive offers for RHS members. Opening times are: 9.30am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.
We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.
At our gardens and shows, through our scientific research, website, publications, libraries, education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants. We’re committed to promoting the value of gardens, demonstrating how gardening is good for us and explaining the vital roles that plants play in a sustainable world.
The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join
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