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Graham Rice

Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Hampton Court plants blog

Posted by Graham Rice on 27 Jun 2008 at 05:26 PM

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show presents the perfect combination of temptation and availability! At Chelsea some wondrous plants, brand new introductions as well as old friends, are on display - but you can't buy them and take them home; you have to place your order and wait for them to be delivered. No need for such delayed gratification at Hampton Court where you can both be tempted and promptly give in to temptation - then leave your purchases in the Plant Crèche while you load up with more and then have a Plant Porter deliver everything to your car.

But if you can't make it to the show (or even if you can) starting on Press `Preview Day (Monday 7 July) I'll be posting here every day of the show and focusing on plants old and new. the Daily Mail Pavilion, the Festival of Roses, the Plant Heritage Marquee, the Growing Tastes Marquee, the Plant Plots - and of course show gardens large and small - will all be bursting with plants. And I'll be scouring them all for the most interesting of those on display - including this lovely Gaura 'Rosyjane' launched at Chelsea in May and sure to make even more of an impact at Hampton Court. So check back here on Monday 7 July for the first of my daily posts.



Bleeding Heart said:

My Dear Mr. Rice,

I read about your wonderous flower show on and immediately came to your site!  How wonderful this flower show sounds. I will live it vicariously through you, and absolutely cannot wait for it to begin.  I hope there will be lots of pictures and videos!  Thank you so very much for attending for those of us who are unable to, but still very much want to be in the know.

Most Sincerely,

Bleeding Heart

New England

on 02 Jul 2008 at 01:39 PM

Geoff Hodge said:

Bleeding Heart

The pictures have started to go up and the videos will hopefully be available Tuesday or, if not, Wednesday. Enjoy the show at

on 07 Jul 2008 at 08:46 PM

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on 10 Jul 2008 at 04:32 PM