The Royal Horticultural Society flower shows are renowned for their quality as they showcase the best plants and gardens that Britain has to offer in stunning surroundings. From RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court to the delightful lesser-known flower shows that take place up and down the country, spring and summer in Britain are packed with an abundance of floral delights.
A family-friendly event, the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show has promised both a new venue and a new look for 2019. Expect an array of spring flowers and shrubs, spectacular floral art and photographic displays, all set against the backdrop of the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge across 6-7 April. More than 60 prestigious nurseries will also be in attendance, meaning you’ll be able to find plants and bulbs for every type of outdoor space.
The first of the Royal Horticultural Society’s yearly shows, the RHS Cardiff Flower Show features hundreds of incredible floral displays that showcase the best gardening practices. Be on the lookout for ideas and seasonal inspiration, and don’t miss your chance to take part in exciting horticultural workshops and to speak to floral experts about everything flower related. They’ll also be plenty of family-orientated activities across the 3 days of the show on 12-14 April. Head to the Floristry Tent to see professional florists creating entries for the Living Art Competition or seek out the Blossoming Beds if you’re hunting for inspiration on what to grow in 2019.
More than 100 leading exhibitors will fill the Newark Showground on 20-22 April for the 16th annual Newark Garden Show. Celebrating the great outdoors, home and lifestyle, they’ll be ample opportunity for you to browse through floral selections, unique garden gazebos, greenhouses and hundreds of other gardening products. Get a taste for delicious local produce in the Food and Drink Court and wander over to the country and craft stands to find beautifully made gifts, jewellery and other luxury goods.
Celebrate the best in horticulture at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, a delightful mix of stunning show gardens, exciting live entertainment, practical flower demonstrations and shopping opportunities. The Avenue is home to an array of large professional gardens while Community Spirit features entries that carry certain themes and messages. You can browse more than 150 artistic creations and an array of displays developed by flower clubs and colleges from across Britain from 25-28 April, or sit back to enjoy a packed schedule of floral demonstrations and advice sessions. Alternatively, visit the Feast! Food Theatre to see talented chefs prepare a range of delightful seasonal dishes.
With the spectacular Malvern Hills providing a beautiful backdrop, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival on 9-12 May has a wealth of flowers, food and crafts to explore. Uncover innovative ways of bringing greenery into small spaces as part of the Green Living Spaces initiative, speak to traders to discover more about the plants on offer and see cutting-edge designs in the show gardens. Or you could always venture into the Floral Marquee to browse what more than 65 leading nurseries have to offer, including seven exhibitors with a distinct focus on house plant design and indoor plants.
Set in the grounds of the spectacular Hylands House and Estate in Essex, the National Flower Show will return for its fifth year in 2019. Covering the weekend of 17-19 May, the Floral Pavilion will be the centre of the show, providing inspiration as exhibitors present the finest plants and flowers as they compete to be crowned Best in Show. TV gardener Carol Klein will officially open the show, before hosting two question and answer sessions on all things floral. On top of an array of gardening talks, they’ll also be an opportunity for you to participate in floral workshops, although spaces are limited. Entry to the impressive Hylands House, Parks and Gardens is included when you purchase entry to the show too.
Taking place from 21-25 May 2019 and now in its 116th year, the RHS Chelsea Flower show is a much-loved staple of the British horticultural calendar. From exquisite traditional gardens to cutting-edge design and exhibits exploring the science behind horticulture, the show has something for every green-fingered enthusiast. Meet the world’s leading growers and discover a riot of colour and scent at the Great Pavilion – which this year features ‘Gardening Will Save the World’, its first show garden, see the very latest innovations in design at exhibits including the new RHS Garden Bridgewater Garden at Chelsea by designer Tom Stuart-Smith, and learn about the benefits of gardening and green space to health and wellbeing.
With its focus on gardening and outdoor living, Gardening Scotland hosts an abundance of floral designers and features all of the latest gardening trends. More than 400 exhibitors from across Britain will flock to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh between 31 May and 2 June, and numerous florists and horticultural experts will be on hand to answer your queries and provide advice. Pop-up food stalls and cafes serve an eclectic mix of country food, meaning you can get a taste for everything from sandwiches and speciality coffees to Scottish steak rolls.
The grounds of Chatsworth House provide the setting for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, offering spectacular summer colours, unique shopping experiences and numerous have-a-go workshops across 5 days in June. From thought-provoking show gardens featuring innovative planting ideas to floral experts in the marquees to answer your questions, Chatsworth covers the needs of every gardener, regardless of experience. More than 200 exhibitors will also be in attendance between 5-9 June, offering sculpture, garden furniture and everything in between.
Returning for its seventh year in 2019, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show runs across 21-23 June and promises 3 days of stunning flower displays, mouth-watering food and drink, and inspiration for both your home and outdoor spaces. You’ll be able to discover hand-made crafts and gifts in the Home and Country Living Pavilion before casting an eye over the entries for Best in Show in the Grand Floral Pavilion – and all in the shadow of the magnificent Blenheim Palace.
Marking a decade since the Woburn Abbey Garden Show first graced the landscaped grounds of Woburn Abbey, 2019’s spectacle will feature a hand-picked selection of exhibitors and nurseries. Not only can you expect live entertainment, food and shopping at the show on the weekend of 22-23 June, but there’ll also be informative talks, demonstrations and gardening tours to enjoy. You’ll also be able to gain rare access to the Private Gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford and browse a selection of RHS Medal winning nurseries that offer a diverse mix of European and global plants.
Rich gardening inspiration, entertaining family activities and hands-on workshops are just some of what is on offer to you at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, which is spread across 5 days over 17-21 July. Discover the essentials for creating a new vegetable plot, meet the future stars of garden design as part of the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition and browse the stalls of hundreds of exhibitors before wandering through a dazzling display of more than 5,000 dahlias. An interactive feature called the Bug Hub will detail the lifecycle of insects, while the School Gardens, created by hundreds of local school children, are just waiting to be explored.
Held annually in the North Wales seaside town of Prestatyn, the Prestatyn Flower Show features an array of beautiful plants and garden furniture alongside arts, crafts and prize-winning exhibitions. Relax on the weekend of 26-27 July with traditional band music and live jazz and explore a striking collection of classic cars before discovering the many boutique shops and eateries in the town.
The fourth edition of the annual Chorley Flower Show will transform Astley Park into a blaze of colour on 27-28 July, as horticultural exhibitors and florists descend on the heart of Lancashire. As well as plenty of garden designs and exciting species to see, there’s also an amateur marquee packed full of beautiful plants and shrubs.
Attracting exhibitors from all over Britain, the Shrewsbury Flower Show is home to spectacular entertainment, celebrity chefs and a wealth of stunning flower collections on 9-10 August. You’ll be able to see the UK’s top nurseries displaying their plants in the Quarry Marquee, while the lecture theatre hosts talks from leading industry experts throughout the show, giving you plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Alongside a space for amateur growers to showcase their skills, expect bee and honey exhibitors before a magnificent firework display brings an end to proceedings.
Find inspiration, try out delicious regional food and immerse yourself in spectacular show gardens at the Southport Flower Show on 15-18 August. The theme for 2019’s show is Garden Party and you’ll find plenty of references to it when you inspect the Grand Floral Marquee and unearth a treasure trove of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs. Don’t miss the chance to see landscape designers going head-to-head as they bid to create the most Curious Garden at the show too.
Ayr Racecourse welcomes the Ayr and District Flower Show on 16-17 August, where you’ll find a delightful mix of brightly coloured flowers, floral art, Bonsai trees and other plants, alongside a delightful food market featuring Scottish producers selling baked goods, fruit, vegetables, meat and confectionary. Numerous trade stands sell everything from plants, bulbs and trees to pots, planters and other garden equipment, helping to cater for all of your gardening needs.
Taking place across 5 days from 3-8 September, the RHS Wisley Flower Show is home to a plethora of colourful plants, an expert zone with talks and demos and ample opportunities for you to seek gardening advice. The National Dahlia Society Annual Show forms part of proceedings, showcasing the very best in dahlia cultivation in Britain.