Britain's fantastic flower shows
Britain has been blooming with flower festivals and shows since the 19th century, visit now and you’ll find the nation packed with an abundance of floral delights. Often using striking designs and innovative events to highlight important issues such as well-being, sustainability and community through yearly themes, a trip to a British flower show is sure to leave you inspired, and more green-fingered than ever. No matter the season, head to a RHS garden for a floral adventure, and for a chance to get your creative juices flowing look out for artist and photography workshops that bring the gardens to life.
So if you’re a budding florist, a keen gardener, or just looking to escape into stunning nature, here’s our round up of some of the fabulous shows all take place all over the country.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is a true celebration of gardens, plants and outdoor living. Set in the grounds of the beautiful palace where King Henry VIII lived, this festival will be a great day out for all levels of gardener.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Hear from special guests and celebrities, wander the gardens and keep an eye out for award winners in categories such as Best Show Garden and Best Balcony and Container Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Blenheim Palace Flower Show
The Blenheim Palace Flower Show in Oxfordshire offers three days of shopping and browsing wonderful displays of plants and flowers. You’ll find a Grand Floral Pavilion which will host prestigious designers competing for the Best in Show awards.
Lesser-known flower shows
Shrewsbury Flower Show is a great opportunity to spot some famous gardeners as well as headlining acts for live music and entertainment.
Rare plants and species
The Rare Plant Fair at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, offers plenty of opportunity to discover new species of plant and learn from the experts.
Family-friendly flower shows
The Chorley Flower Show in Lancashire has plenty of entertainment to keep the kids amused, including their very own ‘Design a Garden’ competition.