Take a look at some of the inspiring garden events happening around the country this year; from festivals and shows by the Royal Horticultural Society, to the charity-based National Gardens Scheme opening gardens that are usually closed to the public, there's something for everyone in the world of the English garden.
Open under the National Gardens Scheme, the Snowdrop Gardens will be available to visit throughout February. See veritable carpets of beautiful snowdrops, and watch spring slowly unfurl from winter. Perfect for families, romantic days out, or taking a quiet moment to reconnect with yourself.
February to early March
Kew’s famous Royal Botanic Gardens, located in London, bring an extravaganza of tropical colour to winter with their annual orchid festival. An opportunity to view thousands of exotic and wild orchids cascading through the tropical displays in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
The first RHS flower show of the year, held in The Three Counties Showground in the spa town of Malvern, is filled with ideas to recreate that picture-perfect English garden. A fantastic day out for the whole family, including practical gardening tips from celebrity gardeners, show gardens, floral marquee, cooking demonstrations and even a bit of shopping.
One of the most famous flower shows in England held at RHS Chelsea in the heart of London. See impressive show gardens, spectacular exhibits and amazing show-stopping flowers. Take inspiration from the horticultural leaders and fashion setters.
An opportunity to visit real English gardens as homeowners open their gates to visitors. Over 3,000 outstanding gardens to visit throughout England, many of these are privately owned and not normally open to the public. A sheer delight for any visitor who wants to see real English gardens within a relaxed, homely atmosphere. Some even offer tea and homemade cake!
The BBC’s Gardeners’ World Live is held undercover at the NEC. The event is a celebration of summer gardening, with award-winning show gardens, dazzling plant displays and advice from top experts. Come rain or shine you are sure to see some spectacular displays.
Set in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace, just outside London. This show is a must-see in the English gardens event calendar. Enjoy spectacular summer blooms, exhibits, and show gardens all in a stunning location.
Set in the magnificent parklands of Tatton Park (an historic country house estate in Cheshire) the RHS Flower Show is a celebration of the best in gardening. The show is a spectacular day out, not just for plant lovers, but for visitors too. Show highlights include young designer of the year, edible gardens, creative demonstrations and the spectacular floral marquee.
The Malvern Autumn Show, held in The Three Counties Showground in the spa town of Malvern, is a celebration of food, countryside and gardening. Visit the show and enjoy local English food and drink, cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vintage tractors and vegetable displays.
Festivals are not just for the summer. Celebrate everything autumnal at the RHS London Harvest Festival Show, a foodie feast celebrating the taste of autumn.
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