The 2013 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show featured our new combined Bulldog Tools and Ethel Gloves show stand. Having won a Certificate of Commendation for the stand at the Chelsea Flower Show, Fred Foot (Bulldog Tools Marketing Manager) was keen that the stand looked just as good for the Hampton Court Show. Fred and his team were therefore delighted on Tuesday morning when the RHS presented him with another Certificate of Commendation as confirmation of all their hard work.
Sales over the week were buoyant despite the incredibly hot weather and the fact that we were in a completely different location than in previous years. However, we saw many familiar and friendly faces that came to our stand in search of good, British made gardening tools.
Considering the Mediterranean temperatures it was testament to the professionalism and commitment of the garden designers, contractors and growers that all the gardens and displays looked so good, right up until the end of the week. The ‘Best in Show’ garden was the Ecover Garden, designed by Matthew Childs with only two gardens winning gold medals in this year’s ‘Show Gardens’ category.
Hampton Court remains a more accessible flower show than Chelsea with more space, better parking and a less formal feel. The show not only includes show gardens and amazing floral marquees, but also aims to educate and inform as well as allowing visitors to participate in demonstrations and competitions. The show also controversially includes a selection of Conceptual Gardens which permit garden designers to pursue a wider interpretation of gardening, often using their concepts to promote a cause or experiment with how gardens can be used as art.
Over recent years the RHS have also used the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to highlight food production and environmental issues in gardening. This year’s show included a ‘Growing Tastes’ marquee and displays of butterflies, bees and hen houses to bring attention to sustainability, while schools were encouraged to enter a competition submitting scarecrows dressed in national costumes from around the world.
Also gracing the show once again (after a couple of years off) was the new and improved Bulldog Big Spade which drew admiring glances from passers-by including the two members of the Bulldog Tools sales team pictured on this page. The spade will be featuring in more blog postings later in the year – so watch this space!
Here at Bulldog Tools we remain committed to all the main RHS Flower Shows and see them as a great way to meet up with old and new customers as well as giving us a platform to show off the high quality of our British made tools.
We will also be at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park from 25th July to 28th July inclusive. For more information about the show and ticket availability, please click here – Bulldog Tools would love to meet you there!