This show is set to be one of the best. The Royal Horticultural Society have re-organised the layout and the weather is forecast to be full-on sun so it is well worth coming to this summer garden party.

As you enter the showground there is a pervasive scent from the lime tree flowers from the trees above.

Tilia x europaea flowers

Tilia x europaea flowers

These trees are planted through beautiful park and are now in full flower. Their delicate scent from so many flowers combines to produce a heady mix of intoxication. I have always loved these drooping green flowers from childhood where a great tree stood at the side of the house and the smell takes me back to this tree every time I breathe in the memorable scent. It is the evocative scent of an English summer. Take a moment to absorb it as part of the atmosphere as you arrive.

The Grow Zone on the north side of the show has been created by the RHS to concentrate plants and plant related aspects of the show. There the Plant Heritage Tent and the Floral Marquee form the backbone to the area backed up by plenty of interesting nurseries. Jacques Armand, in the Floral Marquee have a spectacular summer display of Eremurus, with E. ‘Brutia’ probably one of the best.

Eremurus 'Brutia'

Eremurus ‘Brutia’


It is an excellent plant for the back of the border where the flowers can reach a towering 7 – 8 ft. Near-bye Hoyland Plants, the National Collection holders for Agapanthus and Tulbachia have an unusual display of Agapanthus, in complete contrast to W.S. Warmerhoven, the Dutch nursery close-bye which also displays the same genus but in an equally unorthodox and eye-catching way. A far cry from the way these plants grow in the wild in the rolling hills of the Drakensbergs in South Africa, but effective.

Setting up a stand at the flower show is a major part of the fun. Some nurseries are there in good time, are highly organised and work with methodic reliability to create spectacular displays. Others arrive somewhat later and work into the long evenings when it is quieter and more peaceful, their efforts just as effective. In this time of build-up there is a chance to catch up with others and this is part of the great horticulture life as are lucky to have in England. I would not miss it for anything. R.C-P

The Plant School stand build-up. I find I am not the only one eying up the prospective screw hole. A ladybird lava is there as well.

The Plant School stand. I find I am not the only one eying up the prospective screw hole. A ladybird lava is there as well.