Daily Archives: July 7, 2008

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – Come See Arena Flowers' "Emotion Bouquets"!

Stand In Close UpYou always know when summer’s truly here:

  • Monsoon rains across the UK (not again!)
  • Tornadoes in the north (eh?)
  • The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show opens (yay!)

It may be soggy on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace but inside the International Language of Flowers marquee, something bright and warm is emerging from the Flowers & Plants Association in the guise of our ‘Talking Flowers’ display.

The F&PA invited us design a wide array of bouquets and arrangements for a uniquely inspiring concept stand at the show, exploring the personality of flowers and their meanings. Judith and Andrew toiled many an hour over a very long weekend to get all twenty bouquets fit to perfection.

Appreciation BouquetHappiness Bouquet

Click any picture to enlarge – they look better bigger!

So all it needed was for Joseph and I to get them all down to East Moseley before the stewards shut the gates at 11:30am this morning. Don’t ask me how we got there as I spent the whole time on the phone to our good friend and occasional blog contributor Sarah from the Flowers & Plants Association, dictating the relevant copy over the phone as she quickly threw together their signage.

The sentiments expressed in bouquet form represented both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ feelings/meanings including: ‘True Love’, ‘First Date’ and ‘Appreciation’ bouquets (good feelings) and ‘The Singleton’, ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Goodbye & Good Riddance’ bouquets (representing bad feelings!).

Column of BouquetsAll the flower meanings were painstakingly researched by Judith in her own time – right down to each stem type and petal. There’ll be more about all the bouquets and their meanings next week from Sarah of the F&P Association herself.

Despite the wind and rain and the pressure to meet our deadline, the stewards squeezed us in through the gates in the final minutes and our blooms arrived with just a few minutes to spare. I even managed to sneak a few shots before the stewards booted us out for the judges to make their rounds – apologies for the slight blur on some pics.

To find out how we get on in the judging, you’ll have to come back – results are announced tomorrow, so fingers crossed.

In the meantime – and if you can brave the typical British summer weather – you can come and visit our display between tomorrow and Sunday.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Event Information:RHS Logo

Tuesday 8 – Sunday 13 July 2008
8 – 9 July: RHS members only
10 – 13 July: All are welcome, members and non-members

Opening Times:
8 – 12 July: 10am – 7:30pm (Afternoon entry from 3pm)
13 July: 10am – 5:30pm (Afternoon entry from 2:30 pm)

Arena Flowers @ RHS Hampton Court Flower Show


International Language Of Flowers Tent
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey

The marquee is on the Long Water, near the Country Living Tent.

Click here for Map & Journey Planner
Click here for the Official Flower Show Website

We hope you enjoy the show and thanks to Sarah and Andrea of the Flower & Plants Association for the invite – we hope we did it justice!