From Spring until Autumn across the country, the flower show season is underway. The RHS Cardiff and the new Ascot show are both over for 2018, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show starts on the 26th April. Unless you already have tickets, you’ll have to wait until 2019 to visit Chelsea.
As well as Chelsea, the RHS organise Flower Shows across the country (see our Events listing). As well as the big name shows, their four gardens and the Horticultural Halls host many smaller events. Visit their website for more details. If you’ve missed the opportunity to visit Chelsea this year, their Hampton Court Show, is a good alternative. There is more space to circulate in a beautiful setting.
Outside of London, the Malvern Show is just before Chelsea in May, Chatsworth is in June and Tatton Park in July as is Hampton Court.
The Northern Horticultural Society hold two shows a year in April and September at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground. The Blenheim Palace show in June is now established on the big show roster. Also in September, the three counties showground host the Malvern Autumn Show (note, the Spring Malvern Show is organised by the RHS).
Why visit a Flower Show
To look at the amazing displays is reason enough for many, this though is just a start. It’s a good opportunity to get updated on the latest trends, stock up on the latest tools, gadgets and what nots, and to have a good day out. At the larger shows, live entertainment helps to take your mind off what you have spent!
For plant lovers and buyers, it can be a good opportunity to meet up with smaller specialist nurseries and growers. You can see plants beyond the normal more limited selection on offer at most garden centres. It’s also a good opportunity to speak to the experts and discuss that niggling problem.