Some of the best gardening and flower shows you must visit this year

There are dozens – no, HUNDREDS – of different garden and flower shows and exhibitions each year in the UK. The most famous of these shows are undoubtedly the RHS’s, with RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is taking place this month, being the most famous and highly-anticipated of them all.

But there are plenty of other shows to choose from across the country, each offering something different to explore.

This month, Plant Lovers’ Day (27th May) at Creake Abbey, Norfolk is now in its tenth year and brings together specialist plant nurseries to show off their stunning collections of plants, flowers, herbs and shrubs. Set in a beautiful location it makes a great day out for all the family, and all profits from the day goes to charity.

The Blenheim Flower Show (23rd – 25th June) is a popular exhibit that takes place in the grounds of the breath-taking Blenheim Palace – one of the largest palaces in the UK. Featuring everything garden-related from food and drink, show gardens and even Alan Titchmarsh!

blenheim palace

If you’re looking for something a little different, then the new Garden & Harvest Festival (16th – 17th September) at Forde Abbey in Somerset may be just the ticket. It’s in September, and will feature autumnal gardening ideas, demonstrations and harvest-related entertainment. A great alternative to the spring and summer flower shows!

forde abbey

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can only go to a garden or flower show if you’re a gardening expert. In fact, these shows may be even better for the beginner gardener because it can be a great introduction to the world of horticulture. With thousands of plants and products to discover, it’s a great way to get started!