Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, London, England 2016
Hello, Wickie Rowland here, Labrie’s designer. Usually when I write these blog entries, I write as the voice of Labrie, but this time I’m writing about a personal experience, so the usual “we” doesn’t make sense.
Every year, I try to go to the Hampton Court Flower Show, which is held just outside London. It is one of the biggest shows of the year, and is held on the elegant grounds of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Apart from being a wonderful day out, it is also very useful to my job as a landscape designer, as garden design “fashion”, just as in clothing, tends to start in Europe and work its way west. Thus my yearly trips are glimpses into the crystal ball of what is likely to become popular in the future when it comes to plants and designs. Just as in fashion, by the time certain trends reach the United States they will have changed a bit and morphed into something a bit more mainstream, but seeing what is coming in advance helps me to make our clients’ gardens unique, and stretches my mind, always a good thing!
This year, the show was predominated by lots of dusty, burnt oranges and yellows and pinks, punctuated by wine red flowers and plants with red foliage. Hardscapes were usually present, and garden furniture consisting either of natural materials or wrought iron prevailed. The combinations of these things were as varied as were the designers who created them. Please enjoy a few pictures of what there was to see. What do you think of it? I’d love your feedback.