Spring is finally here, and that means summer is just around the corner! There’s lots of things to do and see this season, so we have compiled a collection of our most-anticipated flower shows and gardening events for 2016. Whether you go to all thirteen, or just make it to the one, it will be a summer well spent!
5-8 May | The RHS Malvern Spring Festival
Start your summer with a ‘bloom’! Get yourself down to the Three Counties Showground at Malvern, Worcestershire before the weekend is up.
6-31 May | Family Explorers: We’re going on a bug hunt at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire is a great day out for the whole family. You can enjoy the exquisite grounds of the Grade I listed country house, and the kids can enjoy getting their hands dirty with the creepy crawlies – the perfect opportunity to get them away from the television!
14-15 May | The RHS Plant Heritage Spring Fair
Take the trip to Devon to experience the lush Rosemoor Gardens in all their glory! This event has expanded massively since the first show over a decade ago, so get yourself down to see for yourself how much it had ‘grown’.
24-28 May | The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
If you don’t make it to any of our other suggested fairs, make this the one you do see. The television coverage just does not do this astonishing event justice!
3-5 June | Scotland’s Gardening Festival
Hit the highlands this summer to find the best plants and best landscape designers to bring your garden ambitions to ‘fruition’, at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh.
4-5 June | Toby’s Garden Festival at Bowood House
After a successful first year in 2015, Toby Buckland is back in the stunning backdrop of the Grade I listed Bowood House, Wiltshire. This year it’s set to be bigger and better, with more specialist nurseries, live music, local food and presentations from the green-fingered experts.
16-19 June | BBC Gardeners’ World Live
On Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th, the kids can visit for free, so get this date in your diary! The popular event, at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, offers something for everyone, from the BBC Good Food Show to the NEW Rose Festival event!
24-26 June | GROW London
You won’t leave this contemporary garden and lifestyle fair without some ‘budding’ inspiration! Expect expert-led talks, gardening workshops for you and the kids, as well as free garden design consultations and of course food and drink at this unique event at Hampstead Heath.
2-3 July | Kew Gardens Wild Food Festival
Excite your taste buds as well as your eyes whilst you enjoy the gorgeous wild landscapes at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Mum will enjoy sampling the stalls to collect together the picnic, Dad will be busy sampling the exotic spices and craft beers, and the kids will be running truly ‘wild’ in the famous Coronation meadow!
10-12 July | Kent County Show
This is the showcase event for everything farming, countryside and rural life – but if its flowers you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed! The Flower & Horticulture Tent is bursting with dazzling floral arrangements. The exhibition gardens are built over a week leading up to the show and the hanging-basket and child-friendly flower competitions are a highlight!
18-21 July | Royal Welsh Show
Encompassing the best of Welsh livestock and quality food and drink with a taste in Welsh farming and rural life. From activities like forestry, horticulture, and crafts to countryside sports, this is the outdoor event for the adventurous gardeners!
14-15 August | Shrewsbury Flower Show
This year will mark the 129th Shrewsbury Flower Show, making this the longest-running event of its kind! Celebrate in style and good company – the headliners this year include celebrity gardener Sarah Raven.
20-23 August | Southport Flower Show
Another historic show, this event offers lots of opportunities for you to get involved! Exhibit your beautiful bouquets in the largest amateur grower’s competition in the country, or why not enter your photos of the gorgeous show gardens you visited this summer in the Stefan Buczacki Photography competition?
There’s lots more to see this summer than your own garden, so make 2016 your year to get out and enjoy the Great Outdoors at some of the country’s biggest and best flower shows!