Posted: 14/06/2013 at 23:46
HC is different from Chelsea. Good thing is that it is a much bigger site and less crowded, altho' more tiring because of distances to be walked. Show gardens are not as grand, altho' can still be interesting. You can buy plants on any day. Strangely Chelsea opens very early in morning.. 0830?, but HC makes you wait to 1000, which seems ridiculous and unnecessary. Easy to park car at HC. Great breakfasts at the Tiltyard restaurant. Downside is that it is fast becoming a "lifetstyle" event and gardening seems to be taking the back seat.
I left HC very disappointed last year but may give it one more go. If you want to go to a good show try Malvern in Spring with a revisit in Autumn. My personal favourites