Summer in Full Bloom at the 28th Annual Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The largest floral exhibition in the world, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show stretches over 34 acres in southwest London, featuring themes that focus largely on environmental topics. The gardens are created and judged, featuring all different kinds of flowers and structures – each show takes 18 months to plan, and requires 200 people to build and dismantle it. This year the show bloomed July 3-8, where a series of - not only visually stunning, but also conceptually profound - floral art installation pieces captivated visitors. A few of the highlights:
Evolve: Through the Roots of Time:This exhibition took viewers back 3.5 million years to uncover how organisms have evolved and adapted from water to land, to become the plants and trees of modern day. The landscape evolved from prehistoric to tropical, and led the viewer through to a prehistoric "Jurassic World".
Garden of Two Halves illustrated the illusion of perfection versus reality as conveyed through social media. This was the first time artificial plants were used in the show – the perfection of synthetic Lily of the Nile coexisted with the natural beauty of the real flower in this socially relevant exhibit.
The space in Best of Both Worlds was imagined for a fictional couple, Jack and Sam, who meld their differing tastes into one quaint garden with two equal halves to keep each other happy. Jack’s side had a country-garden feel with a palette of blues, purple and pinks, while Sam’s side with green foliage and golden grasses was more contemporary. The beauty of compromise in relationships!
Tickets for next year's show go on sale August 1 - if you can't make it to the UK to partake in the floral fun, these retro cuffs by Bristol, England designer Sue Gregor are the next best thing!
In the spirit of summer celebration, we are holding an Instagram giveaway contest to win one of designer Ineke Otte's exquisite silk rose & pearl flower necklaces! Perfect for festivals, garden parties, and wherever summer takes you <3
For a chance to win, follow the three steps below: 1.Follow us on Instagram @eyeofiris 2.Like our Flower Necklace Giveaway post 3. Tag a friend. Extra entries for each tag.
Winner announced next week 7/20/18! ________________________________ For extra entries: 4. Repost & Share while tagging @eyeofiris __________________________________
*Giveaway closes Friday July 20th 2018 10pm (CST). We will announce the winner on IG and on our Facebook page. Winners will have the ability to choose their flower necklace color. US entries only.*
Here’s to living your best summer! -Iris
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