If you love gardens and you're in need of some inspiration, here's our guide to the big gardening events and flower shows happening in the UK this season.
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EVENTS IN MARCH
Until March 8
Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia
Kew’s 25th annual orchid festival will celebrate the wildlife and culture of Indonesia – an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, including Java, Sulawesi, Papua and Bali. In the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors will be transported to a paradise evoking some of the sights, smells and sounds of Indonesia. There will also be a programme of events featuring Indonesian music, dance, and cuisine, as well as talks from Kew’s orchid experts. Entry is included in the standard ticket to the gardens, but visitors must book a time slot online in advance.“Orchids After Hours” runs on Feb 13, 14, 26, 27 and March 5 and 6, from 6.30pm-10pm; buy tickets online in advance.
RBG Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 (kew.org)
Rediscovering the permanence of place - Marie Burns Landscape Architect, Burns & Nice Marie’s talk explores how a contemporary approach to public realm design within a historic context provides the opportunity to re-capture and celebrate the intrinsic qualities of place such as Leicester Square and how new public spaces within the City of London have been created that express their historical significance. Tickets £10 members, £12 non-members at the door.
7pm (6.30pm for a glass of wine); The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL (londonparksandgardens.eventcube.io/events).
Spring Show, Cornwall
The West Cornwall Spring Show has been running for over 90 years and is a showcase for horticultural excellence within Penwith. Each year cut blooms and specimens of camellias, magnolias and other flowering plants can be seen. Open to all, exhibitors include great historic gardens right through to small domestic growers. In recent years, children’s classes have been added to the show to help inspire the next generation of growers and exhibitors. Lots of trade stands, refreshments including teas, coffees home made cakes and light lunches with proceeds to St Levan parish church. Admission £3, under-14s free. Free parking, wheelchair access.
Saturday 10am – 3.30pm, Marazion Community Centre, Gwallon Ln, Marazion TR17 0BJ (wchs.co.uk).
10 &11 March
Two talks for the Cornwall Garden Society by Sussex nurseryman, Graham Gough, founder of Marchants Hardy Plants. Following a short career in classical music as a gifted tenor, Graham was inspired to change profession as a result of a trip to Sissinghurst Castle in Kent where his eyes were opened to the creative process of gardening at its highest level. His topics will be The Icing on the Cake on March 10; A Miscellany of Plants on March 11. Free for CGS members. Non-members welcome, donations gratefully received. High quality plants for sale from a local nursery; refreshments.
Tues March 10 at 7.30pm, The Alverton hotel, Truro; Wed March 11 at 2.30pm, Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth (cornwallgardensociety.org.uk).
Willow weaving, Dorset
Wimborne’s Knoll Gardens launches a bumper 2020 programme of over 70 events with a willow weaving workshop on 14 March. Learn the basic skills of willow weaving with Tracy Standish and take home practical pieces to use in your home and garden. The willow plant climber workshop is one of four willow workshops taking place in the garden at Knoll this year, alongside other creative classes including photography for beginners, stone carving and mosaic making. Book online.
Stapehill Rd, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND ( 01202 873931; knollgardens.co.uk).
Plant fair, Derbyshire
Carsington Water country park and reservoir is a great place for a family day out; refurbished visitor centre and new children’s play area, sailing club and trout fishery. Eight miles of paved walks. Restaurant. Nurseries attending the fair include Jurassic Plants Nurseries from Denbighshire with hard to find trees and shrubs; Linda Scott Plants from Nottinghamshire with unusual perennials, particularly hardy geraniums; Piecemeal Plants from Leicestershire offers hardy perennials. unusual varieties and cottage garden favourites. Free entry to fair and country park. Dogs welcome. 10am - 4pm; Carsington Water, Big Lane, Ashbourne DE6 1ST (planthuntersfairs.co.uk).
Primula Show, West Midlands
Visit the shows to obtain offsets or seeds or even specialist literature and above all see some amazing flowers, get help and advice from experienced growers and exhibitors, meet old friends and make new ones. Those with plants to show can enjoy the friendly competition and hopefully win some prizes. Staging from 9:30, judging from 12 noon. Open to all members and the public after judging, from about 2pm; free entry.
Primula Show, Arden School, Knowle, B93 0EP (auriculaandprimula.org.uk).
Rare Plant Fair, Somerset
Home to the Bishop of Bath and Wells for 800 years, the Bishop’s Palace is surrounded by a spectacular moat that visitors can cross on a flagstone drawbridge. There are 14 acres of gardens to explore, as well as about 20 specialist plant nurseries with rare and unusual plants for sale.
Entry £7 per adult; Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 (rareplantfair.co.uk)
Walking tour, London
Hidden Stories of St James’s Park: with Buckingham Palace on one side and Downing Street on the other, this walking tour of St James’s Park will put you at the heart of many momentous events in British history. The first half takes in the park’s royal history, revealing how it helped court a King’s mistress, the exotic royal pets it’s been home to and its dark underbelly. In the second half, you’ll go behind the scenes with exclusive access to Duck Island, the park’s hidden nature reserve. The Royal Parks’ expert Wildlife Officer will give you a tour of this tranquil spot, before ending the walk with the resident pelicans’ daily feeding. Aimed at attendees over 18 years of age. 1:15pm-2:45pm on the last Friday of every month, St James’ Park, London SW1 (0300 061 2290; shop.royalparks.org.uk).
EVENTS IN APRIL
Spring Walk & Fair, Northants
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens kick-start the open season with the annual Spring Walk and Artisan Fair. Beautiful stalls, gifts, homewares, food and drinks, gardens open. Dogs welcome. The Hall, Gardens and Tearoom will then remain open on set days for visitors until 30th September. Visit the Hall’s fine rooms full of grandeur and history, experience Victorian working life in the Servant’s Quarters and explore the beautiful grade II* listed gardens. The Tea Room will also be open.
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton NN6 9LY (01604 686543; kelmarsh.com).
Easter trail, West Sussex
During the Easter holidays from (Good Friday) 10 April - (Easter Monday) 13 April, children can take part in a traditional Easter Craft Trail, which will have a tasty prize at the end, plus a variety of crafts and games around the gardens. Standard Adult gardens’ entry applies (£10), while Children’s entry to the gardens is FREE and there is an additional charge of £7.50 per child for the Easter Trail and the take-home crafts.
9am-5pm (last entry 4pm), West Dean, Chichester, PO18 0QZ (01243 818210; westdean.org.uk).
Tulip Celebrations, Kent
There’s much to see at Hever in spring, including the bluebells in Park Wood and the spring flowering trees on Sunday Walk and Church Gill Walk. Neil Miller, head gardener, has selected around 100 different tulip cultivars for the gardens. The rooms of the castle will be dressed with tulips by the in-house florist.
Tuesday April 21 is an open day for the National Garden Scheme; Hever Castle, Hever Road, Edenbridge TN8 (hevercastle.co.uk; 01732 865224).
The Spring Show, North Yorkshire
Harrogate Spring Flower Show welcomes the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in horticulture. Rated Britain’s top gardening event by Which?, this event features beautiful show gardens, great shopping, live entertainment and the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in the country.
Book before Tues April 14 to get a discount of £2.50 per ticket; adult tickets online from £17.50 (flowershow.org.uk)
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