A round-up of some of the best events for garden-loving groups this year.
This year’s Autumn Harrogate Flower Show (15th – 17th September) not only showcases beautiful floral displays set in the award-winning gardens of Newby Hall, but also exceptional produce from the allotment – including the 2023 NEHS Giant Vegetable Competition.
Inside the Grand Floral Hall, visitors can find a sea of autumnal blooms such as dahlias and carnations, then inside Newby Hall itself is where talented floral designers let their imaginations run wild with a series of colourful installations. Groups can also expect quality plant nurseries, an inspiring programme of talks and great garden shopping.
In August, Shrewsbury Flower Show returns on 11th and 12th of the month, inspiring visitors to the Shropshire city with floral arrangements, experts talks and arena entertainment, plus ABBA tribute band Watch That Scene.
The main Quarry Marquee is host to some of the top horticulturalists in the country and the Severn Marquee is home to the various societies and amateur growers who provide some wonderful displays. Groups of ten or more can benefit from discounted admission.
RHS Garden Rosemoor set in the beautiful Torridge Valley in north Devon is described as a garden full of inspiration. Its annual flower show takes place on 18th until 20th August with specialist growers, horticultural experts and different displays. The refurbished Garden Kitchen Restaurant has also reopened offering group catering packages.
In Leicestershire, Belvoir Castle will host its Flower and Garden Show on 15th and 16th July, with guests able to view breathtaking borders from the London College of Garden Designs competition entries. Horticulturist speakers, including Love Your Garden presenter David Domoney, will be on-hand to share tips and for the first time, each ticket also includes access to Belvoir Castle’s Formal Gardens.
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Another top option is Taunton Flower Show in Somerset, described as the oldest flower show in the country. Running on 4th and 5th of August in Vivary Park, groups can expect a competition marquee which shows off the talents of the community, plus expert demonstrations on the floral marquee. Visitors can also enjoy live music, arena entertainment and day full of discovery for all ages.
Following last year’s Superbloom success, groups will once again be able to walk around the Tower of London’s flower-filled moat from 25th May until 30th September. The floral spectacular will return every year with wild flowers and glorious plants to see as it blooms into life for the season, giving visitors a chance to immerse themselves in nature and experience the Tower from a different perspective.
Finally, the sensational RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show returns from 5th until 10th September, bursting with gardening inspiration, expert advice, vibrant floral displays and fabulous shopping opportunities. The charity’s flagship garden will boast floral displays, specialist nurseries, expert talks and the chance to buy plenty of flowers from a range of exhibitors.
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