The best gardening events and flower shows and where to book tickets

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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 in June

5 June, 12 July, 15 August & 12 September

London

Revealed! The Private Gardens of the Charterhouse  

Due to popular demand, this seven-acre historic site nestling between Barbican and Farringdon is delighted to announce a new series of Open Gardens evenings. On one evening a month, you will be able to wander through beautiful private gardens and enjoy an informal BBQ and bar hosted by Charterhouse’s Head Chef.

This is a rare opportunity to visit the hidden oasis, as the gardens have been created especially as a peaceful haven for the residents who live in the almshouse there. Charterhouse itself is a hidden gem on the edge of the city dating back to 1348. From Tuesday to Sunday, there is free entry to its fascinating museum, chapel and shop.

You can also take a highly recommended tour around the Carthusian cloister, grand Tudor interiors and atmospheric courtyards. Advance booking to the gardens is recommended as numbers are limited.

Visit website for different opening times, The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN (02033193781; www.thecharterhouse.org/visit-us/whats-on/)

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June-August

North Yorkshire, Essex, Devon & Surrey

Royal Horticultural Society Gardens Summer Events Programme

RHS Rose Garden Credit: Guy Harrop

As plants and flowers awaken to the changing of the seasons, a packed roster of exciting events awaits visitors to the four RHS Gardens. Activities include family gardening fun, specialist plant fairs, flower shows, picnics and even live music, art and cinema. Alongside the colourful summer garden displays, this is a wonderful time of year to visit. For more information on events near you, visit the RHS website.

Visit website for dates, Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire; Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex; Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon; Wisley, Woking, Surrey (www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/whats-on-at-rhs-gardens)

8 & 9 June

Hampshire

 Country and Garden Festival  

Hampshire Country and Garden Festival 

This year’s Hampshire Country and Garden Festival returns to the historic Bere Mill to celebrate its restoration after a fire in February 2018. There will be a host of entertainment, demonstrations and workshops, gift and garden stalls, plus delicious food and drink, all set in the beautiful grounds by the river Test.

The Festival kicks off with an open evening where best-selling novelist Santa Montefiore will be in conversation with former BBC and ITV presenter, Professor Khalid Aziz. Tickets cost £35 per person and include canapés, fizz from local Hampshire vineyard, Coates and Seely, a picnic supper, an auction and a twilight guided garden tour by Rupert Nabarro.

On Sunday, Festival visitors can explore a feast of horticultural treasures from a host of well-known specialist nurserymen. A wide range of more than 40 stalls will also sell Hampshire’s finest art, gifts, food, wine and spirits. There will also be a series of talks, including the popular ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ with Radio 4’s Stefan Buczacki, ‘Designing a Chelsea Garden’ with Sarah Eberle, ‘Choosing Perennials for Summer Colour’ with Rosy Hardy and Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall on her ‘Good Granny Guides’.

Food-lovers can look forward to Elodie Stanley and Flora’s Kitchen demonstration of ‘Summer Soups and Simple Salsas’, as well as a range of tasty treats from ice cream and hog roasts to craft beer and sparkling wine. For children, there is a petting zoo, storytelling, sand art, yoga, cookery classes and den building in the woods.

All proceeds from the festival will go to the Hampshire Medical Fund to raise money for a Sysmex Sentimag Monitor, which will benefit over 200 patients a year. Tickets bought in advance are £8 (£10 on the day) for adults, £4 (£5) for children and £20 (£25) for families (2 adults and up to 3 children). Under 5s go free.

6.30pm-10pm  Saturday & 10am-5pm Sunday, Bere Mill Farm, London Road, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NH (01256314759; www.hampshiregardenfestival.co.uk)

11 June

Essex

Celebrated Garden Designer Bunny Guinness speaks at Braxted Park

Bunny Guinness at Braxted Park

Garden designer and star of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ Bunny Guinness will be talking exclusively at the Beautiful Braxted Park. The talk is in aid of Horatio’s Garden, a national charity which builds beautiful gardens for patients at spinal treatment centres. This is a rare opportunity, as the gardens are not usually open to the public. Visitors will enjoy the chance to meander around the parkland’s ponds, lakes and walled gardens, a light lunch, refreshments, afternoon tea on the Walled Garden Pavilion and a browse of locally grown plants, crafts and unusual gifts. You can also admire the mulberry parasol trees, which are unique to Braxted. The talk with Bunny Guinness begins at 12 noon and tickets are £15. Admission to the open day is £6 for adults and children go free.

10pm-4pm, Braxted Park Estate, Braxted Park Road, Great Braxted, Witham, Essex, CM8 3EN (01722326834; www.horatiosgarden.org.uk/fevents/braxted-2/)

13 June

Yorkshire

Dine Under the Stars in Valley Gardens

Dine Under the Stars in Valley Gardens Credit: Nicola Dixon

Experience a dining extravaganza in the Victorian beauty of the Valley Gardens, with food from one of Yorkshire’s most acclaimed chefs, Stephanie Moon. The Long Table is a popular event introduced by Harrogate International Festivals and can seat up to 160 diners. The evening is designed to bring people together and guests are encouraged to interact while they tuck in to a wide array of delectable dishes. The menu begins with summer cocktails and canapes, followed by a feasting-style sharing starter with four tasty tapas dishes. You can then expect a dales lamb cooked 3 ways in the form of lamb cutlet, shepherd’s pie and minted kofta, followed by a desert featuring roast peach, melba and strawberry mille-feuille. The breathtaking setting and fabulous three-course meal makes this an unmissable evening event. Tickets are £76 and spaces are limited.

6.45pm-late, Valley Gardens, Cornwall Road, Harrogate HG1 2SZ (01423562303; www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com)

14-16 June

Oxfordshire

Birdsong Weekend

Asthall Manor

Asthall Manor offers a glorious weekend of walks, concerts and the opportunity to sing like a bird. The birdsong walks will be guided by Peter Cowdrey, a composer inspired by birdsong, as you roam around the gardens and woodland, differentiating the songs and calls of a few common species.

There will also be two garden concerts by The Conference of Birds, featuring birdsong-inspired music interspersed with wild gypsy fiddling as the real birds of Asthall sing. You can also book a 10-minute studio slot to have film-maker Sunny Moodie turn you into a bird of your choice, through filming you producing a slowed down bird song and speeding it up to sound like original birdsong.

The Potting Shed Café is also open for lunch, tea, cakes, as well as pre-concert drinks and antipasti on the Saturday evening. Please book in advance to gain access to the birdsong walks (£5) and concerts (£10). To book studio visits (£5), please email onformsculpture.co.uk for available slots.

No dogs allowed apart from guide dogs. All proceeds go to Planet Birdsong.

Times available on website, Asthall Manor, Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW (https://www.onformsculpture.co.uk/asthall-manor)

15 & 16 June

Dorset

Witchampton Open Gardens

Witchampton

Witchampton are hosting a biannual village open gardens, giving visitors the opportunity to explore as many as 18 gardens across the village. Enjoy the grand yet modest views of the cottages, riverside and plant life of one of the best preserved villages in Dorset. You can also expect an art exhibition, flower displays and plant stalls, live music, refreshments and even free tractor-trailer rides. Weekend tickets are £7.50 for adults and free for under 16s. Parking is also free.

11.30am-5pm, Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AG (01258 841048)

21&22 June

Norfolk

Garden Museum Literary Festival at Houghton Hall & Gardens

Houghton Hall, Norfolk Credit: Stuart Aylmer / Alamy

This year the Garden Museum Literary Festival will be held within the stunning 18th century grounds of Houghton Hall & Gardens, with a full programme of over 30 speakers sharing what inspires them in the gardening world. Talks by designers such as Tom Stuart-Smith, Julian and Isabel Bannerman, and Catherine Horwood have been announced, with the full lineup to be announced on February 16. 

A major theme of this year's festival will be the artworks commissioned for the landscape by Lord Cholmondeley, featuring works by James Turrell, Sir Richard Long and Anya Gallaccio. Tickets are limited to 150 so best to buy them early. Tickets range from £30 for day tickets to £110 for the full weekend. 

Houghton Hall & Gardens, Bircham Rd, King's Lynn PE31 6TY (gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/garden-museum-literary-festival-2018)

22 & 23 June

Bedfordshire

10th Anniversary of Woburn Abbey Garden Show

Woburn Abbey Garden Show

This quintessentially English Garden Show celebrates its 10th year in style with a theme of ‘The Good Life’, where visitors will be brought together through learning and sharing to become successful, happy growers and to think about mindfulness, healthy living and sustainability.

Visitors will have the chance to tour the private gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, enjoying views of wildflower meadows, large kitchen gardens and beautiful herbaceous summer borders. The 2019 programme will be headlined by Adam Frost and Pippa Greenwood. They will assess the nursery and trade stands alongside other esteemed judges including the Duchess of Bedfordshire, Sarah Cosgrove and James Alexander-Sinclair; outstanding exhibitors will receive a prestigious Woburn Abbey Garden Show Award.

Other show highlights include ‘Garden Shed Talks and Demos’, an expert Gardeners’ panel, beekeeping demonstrations and Edible flower demos. You can also look forward to a luxury Hortus Gift Emporium, as well as an Artisan Food Hall for the foodies among us. A key element to the Good Life Connection area will be the exclusive field kitchen, where celebrity chef, author and vegetable expert Rachel Green can teach you how to turn homegrown produce into delicious dishes. Tickets are £16.25 for adults, £15.25 for seniors and free for under 15s.

10am-6pm Saturday & 10am-5pm Sunday, Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA (www.woburnabbey.co.uk/gardenshow)

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