De Boer supplied the structure for the vibrant, colourful Floral Marquee at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – the largest flower show in the world. More than 150,000 visitors attended the six day event which has become a highlight of the summer calendar.
Staged from 9-14 July, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is created on a 34-acre site in the palace grounds at East Molesey, Surrey. The Floral Marquee showcases the stunning range of flowers available from nurseries and suppliers throughout Britain.
De Boer’s Jumbo structure, stretching almost the length of two football pitches, housed a dazzling array of beautiful flowering plants with glorious displays including alliums, dahlias, begonias, delphiniums, lilies, ferns, lavenders and lupins. The pavilion provided visitors with unobstructed views of row after row of incredible, multi-coloured floral masterpieces.
The huge temporary pavilion was specially adapted for the event to give maximum ventilation and prevent the floral displays from wilting in the heat. The Royal Horticultural Society has hired the structure from Brackley-based De Boer to provide the Floral Marquee at the event for three years.
De Boer’s Managing Director Peter Spruce says: “Hampton Court Palace is a majestic setting for a flower show that has grown to become one of the biggest in Britain. We were delighted to supply the structure for the Floral Marquee and its show-stopping displays of flowers.
“Obviously it is crucial to keep the flowers as cool as possible especially in the middle of a heat wave, as was experienced at the show this year. We created special mesh panels for the gable ends of the marquee to help release heat and aid ventilation – helping to keep temperatures down for the floral displays and the visitors.”
Adding style to the outside of the structure and at the front of the marquee, De Boer installed a series of pyramid entrances which blended in with surrounding stands. The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was crammed with show gardens and displays with 600 exhibitors, entertainment areas and a host of outlets for food and drink. As well as being Britain’s biggest flower show it has become a spectacular summer festival with live music, fabulous shopping, fashion, food, flowers and country crafts.
Hampton Court is the second major RHS flower show project for De Boer of the summer. The company also created the Grand Pavilion for the fourteenth year running at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.