With warmer weather on its way (fingers very firmly crossed!), our thoughts are turning to getting our gardens ready for those warm summer days. And if you’re looking for inspiration, whether it’s planting or landscaping, furnishings or design, it’s a good idea to head along to some gardening events to see what the experts are doing. These events are also great places to pick up advice and tips from the experts on how to get the most out of your outdoor space. So we’ve put together a guide to the various events taking place this year, and when they’re happening, plus an exclusive deal on tickets for the Edible Garden Show in March (see below for details)!
Click on each month to see which events are taking place:
When? All year round
Where? Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA
What? As part of the year round care and development of Woburn Abbey’s Gardens, the gardeners undertake different seasonal tasks each month. See for yourself at the monthly Come and Grow days, included with entry to the Gardens. With practical ‘show and tell’ advice, you will pick up gardening tips to help you get the best out of your own green spaces. The Abbey gardeners will also be on hand for any questions and to take you on a guided tour.
For more info, visit www.woburnabbey.co.uk
When? All year round (see here for dates)
What? Featuring a treasure trove of the finest trees, shrubs, flowers and pot plants, green-fingered enthusiasts can explore ornaments, water features and more. Whether they are looking to create a fun space, organic vegetable plot or family friendly patio, the shows are filled with everything you need to transform your garden into a personal haven.
Their extensive range of stands in the Shopping Villages and Indoor Shopping Marquees offer a fantastic chance to see all the latest product launches and an array of useful gardening tools and gadgets, plants and stunning homewares, crafts and gifts at special event prices.
Enjoy talks and demonstrations by gardening experts, botanists and landscape designer, to name only few, and seek further inspiration from our show gardens and floral displays.
For more info, visit www.aztecevents.co.uk
When? 28 – 30th March
Where? Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
(Click here for ticket info)
What? Perfectly timed for the beginning of the growing season, The Edible Garden Show is a fertile mix of celebrity speakers, interactive advice sessions, cookery demonstrations, innovative products and a fabulous range of exhibitors selling everything you need for a slice of the ‘good life’. It’s a must-see show for anyone interested in self-sufficiency and packed with masses of trendy and chic ideas for conjuring yummy, healthy food from plot to plate.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER – Show organisers are offering Wilko Blog readers a fantastic two for £20 deal for tickets bought in advance simply by quoting WILKO14. Don’t delay – the availability is limited.
For more information or to buy tickets visit www.theediblegardenshow.co.uk or ring the ticket hotline on 0844 338 8001.
When? 5th- 6th April
Where? Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel
What? The event was first staged in the late nineteenth century and has continued to run every year since – with occasional breaks for two world wars, petrol rationing and – in 1947 – severe snow. At one time it focused mainly on daffodils, it now showcases a wealth of Cornish springtime shrubs and flowers.
Renowned horticulturalist, TV and radio presenter Chris Beardshaw will officially open the 2014 show, and will also be taking part in a “Gardener’s Question Time” event hosted by Tim Hubbard. There will be four show gardens, a great range of trade stands, and a wide range of children’s activities.
For more information please visit www.cornwallgardensociety.org.uk.
When? 24 – 27th April
Where? Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8NZ
What? Rated Britain’s best gardening event by Which? Gardening, Harrogate Spring Flower Show will be celebrating pedals as well as petals in 2014.
The spring flower show will feature beautiful new show gardens and fabulous displays by over 100 leading plant nurseries. Children’s activities include hands-on fun in Gardening with Nature, where budding gardeners can put their green fingers to work on seed sowing, willow weaving, mini-wormeries, and crafts.
The spring show hosts Britain’s biggest exhibition of floral art with over 150 painstakingly prepared individual works of art, plus large scale displays. Live entertainment at the show includes talks and tips in the Dig It Garden Theatre and Kitchen Garden Live. Chefs in the Plot to Pot Cookery Theatre will also present a daily menu.
With thousands of high-quality garden products, unique handmade crafts, lovely gifts and specialist regional foods, this really is the perfect day out for garden lovers.
For more information visit www.flowershow.org.uk
When? 3rd – 11th May
Where? Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF (Click here for ticket info)
What? This year sees in the second Tulip Festival in association with the internationally known Bloms Bulbs, Chelsea Gold Medal winners in 2012 for their display of tulips. Over 14,000 bulbs have been planted throughout our award winning Gardens which are also well known for their National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies. The Gardens are idyllic all year round but this nine day Festival will be a truly spectacular time to visit.
For more information visit: www.burnbyhallgardens.com
When? 20 – 24th May
Where? Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SL (Click here for ticket info)
What? The Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous flower show in the UK and is one of the largest shows! It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year. With 550 exhibitors displaying everything from garden furniture, to natural swimming pool construction, there really is something for everyone.
For more information visit the RHS website.
When? 18 – 19th June
Where? Lincolnshire Showground, LN2 2NA (Click here for ticket info)
What? Watch the red arrows display team, watch the North Kesteven Morris Dancers, be astounded by BMX stunts in the main ring, see over 2500 animals compete, shop at over 600 stalls and eat local Lincolnshire produce for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Hop aboard the Land Train and see beautiful blooms and smell fragrant flourishes in the Flower Show and Floral Decoration Marquee from a selection of British and more exotic flowers.
The traditional Machinery Parade returns with the cereal story – ‘Wheat Production through the Ages’. Visitors will watch vintage and modern machinery circle the Main Ring, with expert commentary from radio presenter Sean Sparling.
For further information and details visit www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk
When? 20 – 22nd June
Where? Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP (Click here for ticket info)
What? Thanks to the overwhelming success of its debut in 2013, the stunning three-day Blenheim Palace Flower Show will return to the grounds of the Oxfordshire stately home to celebrate the very best of gardening in the UK.
Packed with inspiration and vibrant colour, the sweet-smelling summer event will feature over 150 floral and gardens exhibitors, a Grand Floral Marquee, garden landscapes and lots more including fine food and produce as well as refreshments and family activities.
For more information or to book discounted advance tickets to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, visit www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk
When? 8 – 13th July
Where? Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU (Click here for ticket info)
What? Hampton Court Palace is a fabulous setting for a flower show and is an exciting alternative to the Chelsea Flower Show. Tickets are easier to get hold of and you’ll see a completely different variety of flowers in bloom to that on display at the CFS, which is held in Spring. Another bonus is that gardeners can actually buy flowers at this event.
For more info, visit the RHS website.
When? 30th July
Where? The Estate Office, Sandringham, Norfolk PE36 6EN (Click here for ticket info)
What? Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. Many of the region’s leading nurseries exhibit here, and the Show features in addition show gardens by leading designers, some 200 trade stands, a craft marquee and arena entertainment.
For further information and details visit: www.sandringhamflowershow.org.uk
When? 2nd – 3rd August
Where? The Grammar School at Leeds, Alwoodley Gates, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 8GS
What? Celebrating its 150th anniversary the show has a variety of classes and trade stands with experts in all the classes to answer any questions. Talks will also be given in the lecture theatre on both days.
Traders both inside and out will include: nurseries, specialist growers, garden accessories and tools, photography, paintings and prints, greetings cards and gifts and the ice cream man to cool you down.
For further information and details visit: www.leedshs.org.uk
When? 16th August
Where? Shadwell Primary School, Main Street, Shadwell, Leeds LS17 8JF (Adult tickets – £6 each)
What? There are hundreds of exhibits and displays to visit, such as trade stalls selling plants, homemade produce, cards, etc. Tombola and musical entertainment throughout with bar and tea tent. There will be horticultural, craft and hobby entries and exhibits.
For more information visit: www.shadwellvillage.co.uk