From RHS Chelsea and RHS Hampton Court to the delightful lesser-known shows that take place up and down the country, spring and summer in Britain are packed with an abundance of floral delights. 2020 is set for flower shows to highlight brand new themes, including the important relationship between horticulture and wellness and outdoor sustainability in a time of climate crisis. Diaries at the ready, here’s our round-up of some of the fabulous shows to visit this year.
RHS Flower Show Cardiff
Celebrating 15 years since the first RHS Flower Show Cardiff, the Welsh capital will be kicking off Britain’s flower show season in April 2020. Set to bring its usual vibrancy to the central location of Bute Park, flora fans can enjoy show-stopping displays, walk through wondrous gardens and enjoy the brand new giant floral marquee. 2020 will also see a host of note-worthy talks come to RHS Flower Show Cardiff, with many discussing ways to reconnect with nature, highlighting the link between horticulture with mental health.
When? 17-19 April 2020
National Flower Show at Hylands House
Set in the grounds of the spectacular Hylands House and Estate in Essex, the National Flower Show will return for its sixth year in 2020. The Floral Pavilion is 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 presenter and architect George Clarke will officially open the show, before hosting a question and answer sessions in the Garden Talks Theatre on Friday. On top of an array of gardening talks, visitors will also have an opportunity to participate in floral workshops, although participation in these will be limited. Entry to the impressive Hylands House, Parks and Gardens is included with entry to the show.
When? 15-17 May 2020
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Taking place from 19-23 May 2020 and now in its 117th 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. Visitors can meet the world’s leading growers and discover a riot of colour and scent and discover a world of wonderfully designed gardens, all created with this year’s theme of climate change and sustainability taking centre stage.
When? 19-23 May 2020
With its focus on gardening and outdoor living, Gardening Scotland hosts an abundance of designers and features all of the latest gardening trends. More than 400 exhibitors from across Britain flock to the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, while numerous florists and horticultural experts are on hand to answer queries and provide advice. Pop-up food stalls and cafes serve an eclectic mix of country food, providing everything from sandwiches and speciality coffees to Scottish steak rolls.
When? 29-31 May 2020
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
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. From thought-provoking show gardens featuring innovative planting ideas to floral experts on hand in the marquees to answer questions, Chatsworth caters for every gardener, regardless of experience. More than 200 exhibitors will also be in attendance, offering everything from sculpture to garden furniture.
When? 11-14 June 2020
Blenheim Palace Flower Show
Returning for its eighth year in 2020, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show offers 3 days of stunning flower displays, mouth-watering food and drink, and inspiration for both the home and outdoors. 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, all in the shadow of the magnificent Blenheim Palace. Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith will be opening the show on the Friday, and will also be available for a question and session in the Garden Talks Theatre later that day.
When? 26-28 June 2020
Woburn Abbey Garden Show
Now over a decade since the Woburn Abbey Garden Show first graced the landscaped grounds of Woburn Abbey, this year’s theme is ‘The Plant Connection’, a look into the important relationship between people and horticulture. Visitors can expect live entertainment, food and shopping alongside informative talks, demonstrations and gardening tours. Those wanting to learn insider tricks and improve their own green spaces can enjoy demonstrations on the main stage and and browse a selection of RHS Medal winning nurseries that offer a diverse mix of European and global plants.
When? 27-28 June 2020
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
With floral displays bursting with colour, eye-opening workshops and a chance for some unique horticultural shopping in one of Britain’s most historic spots, visitors can soak up a mid-summer festival atmosphere at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, RHS Hampton Court has chosen a ‘Gardening for Everyone’ theme, aiming to fight loneliness by bringing together communities, friends and families through outdoor spaces. Take a walk through the Community Garden, and marvel at the collection of ‘Show, Lifestyle and Global Impact Gardens’, both set to inspire gardening fans.
When? 7-12 July 2020
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Rich gardening inspiration, entertaining family activities and hands-on workshops are just some of what is on offer at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Expect a groovy feel to this year’s show, with many gardens and displays adhering to a 1960s theme, alongside elements highlighting the social benefits to horticulture and sustainability. Flower power can also be felt in the magnificent Floral Marquee and Plant Village, alongside Dig-In Live, where edibles will be main focus of the talks theatre. Guests can also peek into the future of horticulture as they meet the future stars of garden design as part of the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition. Flower power can also be felt in the magnificent Floral Marquee and Plant Village, alongside Dig-In Live where edibles will be main focus of the talks theatre. Guests can also peek into the future of horticulture as they meet the future stars of garden design as part of the RHS Young Designer of the Year competition.
When? 22-26 July 2020
Prestatyn Flower Show
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. Alongside the beautiful blooms, visitors can also and explore a striking collection of classic cars before discovering the many boutique shops and eateries in the town.
When? Dates TBC
Chorley Flower Show
The 5th annual Chorley Flower Show transforms Astley Park into a blaze of colour, as horticultural exhibitors and florists descend on the heart of Lancashire. As well as plenty of garden designs and exciting species, there’s also an amateur marquee packed full of beautiful plants and shrubs.
When? 1-2 August 2020
Shrewsbury Flower Show
Attracting exhibitors from all over Britain, the Shrewsbury Flower Show is home to spectacular entertainment, celebrity chefs and a wealth of stunning flower collections. The UK’s top nurseries display their plants in the Quarry Marquee, while the lecture marquee hosts talks from leading industry experts throughout the show. Alongside a space for amateur growers to showcase their skills, there is a special section for bee keeping and honey exhibitors. A magnificent firework display brings an end to proceedings.
When? 14-15 August 2020
Southport Flower Show
Find horticultural inspiration, try out delicious regional food and immerse yourself in spectacular show gardens at the Southport Flower Show, all of which reflect the 2020 theme of ‘Life in Bloom’, highlighting the wellness benefits of flowers and gardening. Visit the Grand Floral Marquee to unearth a treasure trove of plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs before discovering the quirky work of landscape designers as they go head-to-head to to snatch the coveted awards at the show.
When? 20-23 August 2020
Ayr and District Flower Show
Ayr Racecourse welcomes the Ayr and District Flower Show in August, a delightful mix of brightly coloured flowers, floral art, Bonsai trees and other plants. There’s also a delightful food market featuring Scottish producers selling baked goods, fruit and vegetables, meat and confectionary. Numerous trade stands sell everything from plants, bulbs and trees to pots, planters and other garden equipment.
When? 14-15 August 2020
RHS Wisley Flower Show
Taking place in late summer, the RHS Wisley Flower Show is home to a plethora of colourful plants, an expert zone with talks and demos and ample opportunities to seek gardening advice. The National Dahlia Society Annual Show forms part of proceedings, showcasing the very best in dahlia cultivation in Britain.
When? 8-13 September 2020
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