It’s been an eventful week at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show’s Grapevine Theatre with a multitude of gardening personalities and celebrities stopping by to chat and join in the fun.
Sponsored by conservatory, door and window double glazing specialist Anglian Home Improvements and hosted by TV garden expert David Domoney, the Hampton Grapevine Theatre is proving the place to be at this year’s show. And if you haven’t been along yet, there’s still time to visit this weekend when John Craven and Bill Oddie will be topping the bill and answering gardening questions.
BBC Countryfile’s John Craven proved a popular presenter at the Grapevine Theatre on 3rd July, the opening day of the show, where he was a huge draw for the crowds. John gave visitors an insight into how he got into journalism and broadcasting, before talking in more detail about his favourite gardening topics including wild flowers, his great respect for David Bellamy and a series of other entertaining stories and recollections.
TV garden expert David Domoney, who is presenting a series of live, interactive shows from the Hampton Grapevine Theatre, has also been joined this week by another Countryfile favourite, Adam Henson. Current holder of the title for the fastest hanging basket in the Hampton Grapevine Theatre Hanging Basket Challenge, Adam completed his display in front of a live audience in an astounding 12 seconds!
On Thursday, a surprise visit from international athletics champion and sports presenter Sally Gunnell caused some excitement at the Grapevine Theatre, and qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster and author Toby Buckland also joined David Domoney to chat about his love of gardening.
A stunning verandah conservatory provided by Anglian Home Improvements in the centre of the marquee has proved particularly popular as more and more people are looking for garden tips and hints on how to use their conservatories and window sills for growing plants all year round.
David Domoney explained, “Gardeners are becoming more creative and ambitious about what plants to grow in their conservatories and window boxes. Tropical and Mediterranean house plants such as Bird of Paradise and the Bat Plant tend to be firm British favourites and flowers such as jasmines and gardenias not only look beautiful but also bring delightful fragrances into the home. What’s more, in many towns and cities where space is at a premium in small gardens, herbs, chillies and peppers are becoming an essential addition to the contemporary kitchen window sill.”
Located in the heart of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the Grapevine Theatre is an ideal place to shelter from the erratic British summer and watch a studio-style TV show with audience participation and live presentations from green fingered celebrities. While there, why not find out about Anglian Home Improvements’ exciting prize draws too? You could win £1,000 in cash by visiting the stand or a garden make over by David Domoney, worth £10,000. More information and full terms and conditions can be found on the Anglian Home Improvements website.
John Craven and Bill Oddie will both be back over the weekend and you can send in your [gardening questions|for David to ask them during the Celebrity of the Day feature via Twitter using the hashtag #HCgrapevine.
Other celebrities spotted in and around the Hampton Grapevine Theatre Marquee this week include John Hurt; Michael Buerk; Moira Stuart; John Humphrys; Miranda Richardson; Maggie Smith; Ben Sheppard; Nick Knowles; Lee Mack; Rob Brydon; and Jessica Hynes. More expected this weekend!
To keep updated on what’s happening at the Grapevine Theatre, please visit http://www.anglianhome.co.uk/hampton-court-flower-show or follow #HCgrapevine or @anglianhome on Twitter.
About Anglian Home Improvements:
Established in 1966, Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s leading home improvements company, responsible for the employment of 4500 people. With more than 45 years’ experience of providing UVPC double-glazing windows, Anglian ensures it is ahead of the competition with a continuing research and development programme. Anglian offers an extensive range of home improvement products, including double glazing replacement windows and doors, conservatories, driveways, solar products, garage conversions and roof trims.
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