This Summer's Top 5 Flower Shows
Summer is guaranteed to bring out the gardening enthusiast in even the most committed of city-dwelling Brits, so it makes sense that this time of year should be punctuated by some of the biggest and best flower shows in the world. Here are our five top picks that we are sure will leave you itching to don your gardening gloves:
- RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The world famous Chelsea Flower Show offers the latest in gardening design trends with an added heritage flair. It is visited yearly by the British Royal Family and offers prestigious awards and bold designs. Whatever is featured at the Chelsea Flower Show has a tendency to define the way aspirational gardeners approach their craft for the coming year.
When? 23rd – 27th May 2017
Where? Royal Hospital, Chelsea http://www.chelsea-pensioners.co.uk
Find out more at https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show
- Gardener’s World Live
The BBC’s Gardener’s World Live event is an opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to indulge their passion! Marking its 50th anniversary this year, the show features a mixture of talks from experts and lots of chances for guests to try their hand at some top gardening trends themselves. Entry to Gardeners World Live also qualifies attendees for entry to the BBC Good Food Show – so it’s a great value day out, too.
When? 15th – 18th June 2017
Where? NEC Birmingham http://www.thenec.co.uk
Find our more at https://www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com
- Blenheim Palace Flower Show
An annual horticultural extravaganza, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show will this year feature Alan Titchmarsh, who is leading a talk at the event. Set within the grounds of a stunning country estate, the show attracts hundreds of gardening exhibitors offering a vast array of shopping and dining opportunities.
Where? Blenheim Palace http://www.blenheimpalace.com
When? 23rd – 25th June 2017
Find our more at http://www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk/
- Hampton Court Flower Show
A delightful flower show displaying the very best of British gardens within beautiful historic surroundings - including a Saturday Kitchen Garden event giving visitors the chance to find out how to create their own fresh food at home. Designer Tom Massey will also be presenting his sanctuary garden for the charity Perrennial, exploring plants’ healing powers.
Where? Hampton Court Palace http://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace
When? 4th – 9th July 2017
- RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Held in the height of summer, the Tatton Park flower show will make a point of showcasing new and upcoming garden designers this year. The 2017 show will unveil the new Butterfly Dome for the first time while Bus Stop Boulevard, an installation which replicated a city street with bus stops covered in plants and designed by local communities will also be a focal point. A range of talks and demos are planned plus there are several display gardens highlighting ideas for small spaces.
Where? Tatton Park, Cheshire
When? 19 – 23 July, 2017
Find out more at https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-flower-show-tatton-park
- Eileen Pegg