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Flower show luring you to kiss nature

07-07-2010 09:04 BJT Special Report:

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One of Britain's largest gardening exhibitions, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, opened on Tuesday. This year's theme of "Home Grown Britishness" flowers and crops are luring the visitors to kiss nature.

The Hampton court Palace Flower Show, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society, is world-renowned for its grandness, exquisiteness, and experimental ideas. This year, the 34 hectare exhibition area is divided into four sections, each serving different purposes and themes.

The most eye-catching show are the six gardens inspired by some of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies. As the historical setting of Hampton Court Palace provides the perfect backdrop for the representation of the Bard's works, actors in costume wander the gardens and reciting famous lines from "The Taming of the Shrew," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Merchant of Venice," and "As You Like It." The impromptu Elizabethan theatre adds more "britishness" to the show as it takes visitors back in time.

James Callicott, 15, is exhibiting at the Hampton Court flower show.
James Callicott, 15, is exhibiting at the Hampton Court flower show.

Mandy Almond, show manager of Shakespeare's Comedies Gardens, said, "I find it magical and I thought the theming of those six comedies would produce some very good gardens, and also some very different gardens."

In keeping with the "Grow Your Own" theme, an ambitious Home Grown exhibit is held as part of this year's Hampton Court Flower Show. Visitors enter a mini farm landscape through fields of golden crops and a modern orchard to see how vegetables are used as ornamental additions to the garden and some more exotic crops such as peanuts and Chinese artichokes.

Sweet potatoes, colorful peppers, cabbages, strawberries, and ducks rambling under the apple trees, all combine to create an inviting walk in the British countryside.

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