Henry VIII built one of the finest gardens in the world at Hampton Court Palace, so it is only fitting that the world's largest horticultural show should take place there. The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show includes displays from over 150 specialist nurseries. Some are beautiful, complex works of living art, filled with rare blooms and water features. However, many are on a smaller scale, and should give you ideas for improving your own garden. While show gardens compete for the RHS medals, the rose marquee is Britain's largest annual display of roses in full bloom; the sweet scent is overwhelming. The event opens with a special preview evening complete with fireworks and at the end of the show, on the final afternoon, many of the exhibitors sell off their plants at bargain prices - you can bet the gardening gloves come off for this free-for-all.