Garden events and shows 2018

If you can tear yourself away from your own garden, there are countless garden shows and festivals awaiting you this year. Here we list some of the best garden events and shows in 2018.

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Garden events and shows offer some of the best sources of plant and design inspiration, both in the UK and abroad. Now is a great time to start planning for the year ahead so grab your diary and a pen and jot down some of these recommended events and shows happening in 2018.

 

APRIL

27 April - 28 October Radicepura Garden Festival, Sicily. Biennial, international event dedicated to garden design. Botanica Srl, Strada 17, N.19, Franzione di San Leonardello 95014 Giarre, Catania. Tel +39 095964154, radicepurafestival.com. 

6-8 Fête des Plantes de Printemps, Château de Saint Jean de Beauregard, France. Plants from Europe's finest nurseries. Château de Saint Jean de Beauregard, Rue du Château, 91940 Saint Jean de Beauregard. Tel +33 (0)160 12 00 01, chateaudesaintjeandebeauregard.com. 

7-8 Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair, UK. Specialist nurseries and seasonal plants. 11am-4pm. Admission with garden entry ticket £10.45. Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. Tel 01797 254048, greatdixter.co.uk. 

13-15 Ascot Spring Garden Show, UK. New garden show. 10am-6pm. From £16. Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX. Tel 0844 346 3000, ascot.co.uk. 

13-15 RHS Cardiff Flower Show, UK. Regional nurseries. 10am-5.30pm. From £11. Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff CF10 1BJ. Tel 0844 995 9664, rhs.org.uk. 

26-29 Harrogate Spring Flower Show, UK. Celebrating spring planting. 9.30am-5.30pm. From £18.50. Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 8NZ. Tel 01423546157, flowershow.org.uk. 

27-28 Toby Buckland's Garden Festival, UK. Quality plants from first rate nurseries. 10am-5pm. From £8.50. Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, Devon EX6 8JQ. Tel 01626 890243, powderham.co.uk. 

 

MAY

10-13 RHS Malvern Spring Festival, UK. Show gardens and plants. 9am-6pm. From £18. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW. Tel 0844 995 9664, rhs.org.uk. 

11-13 Beervelde Garden Days, Belgium. Plants and artisan craft items. 10am-6pm. From €10. Beervelde Parc, Beervelde Dorp 75, 9080 Beervelde. Tel +32 (0)9 356 81 82, parkvanbeervelde.be. 

18-20 Les Journées des Plantes, France. France's premier event. 10am-6pm. From €17. Domaine de Chantilly, 7 Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly. Tel +33 (0)344 27 31 80, domainedechantilly.com. 

22-26 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, UK. The UK's leading horticultural show, featuring gardens from leading designers. 8am-8pm. From £37. London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4SR. Tel 0844 995 9664, rhs.org.uk. 

 

JUNE

31 May - 4 June Bloom, Ireland. Ireland's largest garden festival, with show gardens from top designers. 9am-6pm. From €16. Phoenix Park, Dublin. Tel +353 (0)1 295 8181, bloominthepark.com. 

1-3 Gardening Scotland, UK. Garden inspiration and Scottish nurseries. 10am-5pm. From £14. The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8NB. Tel 0131 333 0965, gardeningscotland.com. 

6-10 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, UK. The latest RHS flower show, now in its second year. 10am-6.30pm. From £22.50. Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP. Tel 0844 995 9664, rhs.org.uk. 

15-17 Bingerden International Specialist Nursery Days, the Netherlands. International nurseries. 10am-6pm. €14. Huis Bingerden, Bingerdenseweg 21, 6986 CE Angerlo. Tel +31 (0)313 48 42 38, bingerden.com. 

22-24 Blenheim Palace Flower Show, UK. Garden, home and lifestyle inspiration. 10am 5pm. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP. Tel 01993 810530, blenheimflowershow.co.uk.

22-24 RHS Harlow Carr Flower Show, UK. Plant sales and sundries. 9.30am-6pm. Admission with garden entry £11. RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB. Tel 01423 565418, rhs.org.uk.

23-24 Woburn Abbey Garden Show, UK. Talks and demonstrations, plus award-winning nurseries. 10am-6pm. £14. Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Woburn, Bedfordshire MK17 9WA. Tel 01525 290333. woburnabbey.co.uk.

 

JULY

2-8 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, UK. Show gardens and plants. 10am-7.30pm (5.30pm Sunday). From  22. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. Tel 0844 995 9664, rhs.org.uk

18-22 RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, UK. Plants and show gardens from up and  coming garden designers. 10am-6.30pm (5pm Sunday). From  27.50. Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN. Tel 0844 995 9664, rhs.org.uk. 

 

AUGUST

1-5 RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, UK. Expert advice and plant sales. 10am-6pm. Admission with garden entry ticket  £9.90. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8RA. Tel 01245 400256, rhs.org.uk. 

17-19 RHS Rosemoor Flower Show, UK. Regional nurseries offering rare plants and planting inspiration. 10am-6pm. Admission with garden entry ticket, £9.90. RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH. Tel01805624067, rhs.org.uk. 

 

SEPTEMBER

4-9 RHS Wisley Flower Show, UK. Plant displays and the National Dahlia Society Annual Show. 9am-6pm (5pm Sunday). Admission with garden entry ticket, £14. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Tel 01483224234, rhs.org.uk

6-23 Bergamo, Italy. A debate on the future of landscape design, this year curated by Piet Oudolf. Held at different locations throughout the city. Tel +39 (0)35 401 175, imaestridelpaesaggio.it

29-30 Malvern Autumn Show, UK. Autumn planting and seasonal vegetables. 9am-6pm. £18. Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW. Tel 08449 959664, rhs.org.uk. 

 

OCTOBER

5-7 Orticolario, Italy. Garden festival on the shores of Lake Como. Villa Erba Gardens, Largo Luchino Visconti 4, 22012 Cernobbio. Tel +39 (0)31 3347503, orticolario.it

6-7 Great Dixter Autumn Fair, UK. International nurseries and seasonal plants.11am-4pm. Admission with garden entry ticket £10.45. Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. Tel 01797 524048, greatdixter.co.uk. 

 

This is just a small selection of garden events planned for 2018. Look out in local press for details of regional events. You'll find a full list of all RHS shows at rhs.org.uk.

Please check all details for individual shows before travelling.

 

This article was taken from the January 2018 issue of Gardens Illustrated (256). 

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