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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013 – butterflies, blooms, bumblebees and beautiful colours

The historic park at Hampton Court was bathed in glorious sunshine for the press launch of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show yesterday and I spent a lovely day ambling around.

Here’s some photos from my travels around the site:

The elaborate windmill by the waterside.

An exhibitor relaxes before the show opens.

Inside the RHS Butterfly Dome. The result of a partnership with the Eden Project, visitors could walk around a large structure filled with over 3,000 butterflies – the largest exhibited collection in the UK.

The incredible Owl butterflies.

Monty Don practises his lines.

The show features the work of some of the UK’s top nurseries, displayed  in the 34 gardens around the site.

A stunning display by Dave Parkinson Plants from Goole.

Checking out the cacti.

There was a riot of colour to be seen.

Bonsai trees from Pinewood Bonsai of Formby, Liverpool.

Radio DJ Mike read in his curious quasi-Wimbledon tennis attire.

In the Technology in Harmony with Nature zone, the silent band were creating beautiful music on Yamaha’s Silent instruments (Silent Disco wireless headphones needed!).

Woolly Shepherd’s intriguing natural wool acoustic clouds, billed as a 100% natural wool, sustainable, eco solution to acoustic problems.

This was a really interesting stall. I learnt a lot about bumblebees!

Garlic galore.

A Dragon’s Hen Den.

Looking across the lake.

Inside the main flower marquee.

You could buy pre-built Gothic ruins for your garden!