Posted: 24/07/2016 at 10:05
I went yesterday with mum and two sisters. It was my first RHS flower show and I was so overwhelmed and excited when I walked in! I loved every minute and every detail.
The gardens were fantastic but oh so small compared to how they look on TV! The floral marque a bit clostrophobic for me, but still lovely. The flowers and plants were stunning.The crowds were very manageable.
The prices were much cheaper than I expected ( but so were the pot sizes).
I agree there was a rip off feel about the information being lacking when buying plants, apparently everything would grow anywhere with minimal care!
I also agree, and noticed, an abundance of hordeum and hydrangea, and agapanthus with hindsight. I really wanted to try agapanthus but didn't feel I'd get good advice on which was best for me (easy and tall, any colour).
I felt the gardens were planted with things which would naturally be in flower now, just how a garden should be! Whereas watching Chelsea on TV I had the impression a lot was forced and flowering from the skill of the gardeners - hence the displays were not fully replicable (please comment on this notion I had especially if I'm wrong!).
Spent up and came home happy. Will post some photos later.