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Garden events for 2016

Garden events happen year-round, so you can always indulge your love of flowers and fun.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 - London (c)RHS, Justin Tallis 1500x298 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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. 

The National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Festival

Helmingham Hall Gardens, Suffolk (c) VisitEnglandHelmingham Hall Gardens

February

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. 

Find out more about the National Gardens Scheme Snowdrop Festival

Orchid Festival, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Royal Botanic Gardens- Kew - Orchid Festival 2014 (c)RGB Kew 264X168Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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.

Find out more about Orchid Festival

RHS Malvern Spring Festival, The Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire

RHS Malvern Spring Festival (C)VisitEngland 264X168RHS Malvern Spring Festival

5–8 May

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.

Find out more about RHS Malvern Spring Festival

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014 - London (c)RHS, Justin Tallis 264x168RHS Chelsea Flower Show

24–28 May

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.

Find out more about RHS Chelsea Flower Show

 

National Gardens Scheme Festival Weekend, across England

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens - South Yorkshire (c)Welcome to YorkshireBrodsworth Hall and Gardens

4-5 June

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!

Find out more about The National Gardens Scheme 

BBC Gardeners’ World Live, NEC, Birmingham

BBC Gardeners’ World Live, NEC, Birmingham (c) RHS, VisitEnglandBBC Gardeners’ World Live

16–19 June

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.

Find out more about BBC Gardeners’ World Live

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014 (c)RHS 264x168RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

5–10 July

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.

Find out more about RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire

RHS Flower Show 2014, Tatton Park, Cheshire (c)RHS 264x168RHS Flower Show 2014, Tatton Park

20–24 July

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.

Find out more about RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Malvern Autumn Show, The Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire

RHS Malvern Autumn Show (c)RHS 264x168RHS Malvern Autumn Show

24–25 September

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.

Find out more about Malvern Autumn Show

RHS London Harvest Festival Show, London

Boy holding a marrow by a barrow of harvest vegetables at the Taste of Autumn Festival (c) RHS _264x168RHS Taste of Autumn Festival

4–5 October

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.

Find out more about RHS London Harvest Festival Show

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