Britain’s Beautiful Blooms at the Hampton Court Flower Show

Stop to smell the roses as you join us for the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and explore some of England’s best-loved gardens with experts!
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Program No. 22577RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Award-winning roses and cutting-edge garden design are on display at the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest flower show in the world. Thrill in the blooms and foliage of this inspiring event as you join us in London and explore some of the finest gardens in England. Meet head gardeners and lifelong experts as you explore castles, cathedrals and country houses, and spend time in the Cotswolds, home to the noted garden RHS Wisley. While admiring botanical wonders, learn techniques for creating your own beautiful spaces inspired by the gardens of England.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend a full day at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest flower show in the world.
  • With RHS judge Kevin Tooher as your instructor, meet the head gardeners at the World Garden in Lullingstone and the Secret Garden at the Salutation in Sandwich.
  • Thrill in the beauty of some of England’s best-loved gardens, including Sissinghurst Castle Garden, RHS Wisley, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Rousham.
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