From the glamour and excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to the laid-back charm of the Great Comp Summer Show, our round up of this year’s best flower shows, festivals and events.

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So let's make some plans and make the most of what's going on. Here's what you've got to look forward to for 2023:

Gardens Illustrated events and show guide 2023

12 March 2022 – 16 April 2023: Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018

Discover the work of the late American pop artist Robert Indiana as Yorkshire Sculpture Park hosts the first UK exhibition of his sculptures. Spanning six decades of his work, it includes his iconic Love sculpture series, including LOVE (Red Blue Green), shown above right. 12 March – 8 January 2023, 10am-5pm. £6. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG. Tel 01924 832631, ysp.org.uk

Robert Indiana, LOVE (Red Blue Green), 1966-1993, conceived 1966 executed 1993
Robert Indiana, LOVE (Red Blue Green), 1966-1993, conceived 1966 executed 1993 Photo: © Jonty Wilde, courtesy of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Artwork: © 2022 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

FEBRUARY

4 February: Terrariums - Success with Succulents

Terrarium made with succulents
© RHS Joanna Kossak

Make your own hanging glass globe terrarium from a selection of plants, stones, shells, sand and gravel. Led by horticulturalist Sue Jeffries.

Open 10.30am - 12pm and 1-2.30pm
Tickets £45
Location RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road, Off Leigh Road, Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester M28 2LJ
Web rhs.org.uk

4 February - 5 March: Orchid Festival

Orchid Festival Kew Gardens
© RBG Kew

The Orchid festival returns to Kew Gardens inspired by the biodiversity of Cameroon. Expect horticultural displays and living plant sculptures throughout the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

Open 10am - 5pm (6pm from 1 March)
Tickets Free with garden ticket
Location Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE.
Web kew.org

5 - 26 February: Snowdrop Weekends

Galanthus nivalis
© Logan Botanic Garden

See carpets of snowdrops in the sub-tropical Logan Botanic Garden in south-western Scotland.

Open Saturdays and Sundays only
Tickets Entry by donation
Location Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, Stranraer DG9 9ND
Web rbge.org.uk

10 February: Garden Design Drawing Skills

Jack Wallington drawing plants into garden plan.
© RHS / Joanna Kossak

This one-day course led by Andrew Wilson, director of the London College of Garden Design, will help you hone your drawing technique, an essential skill for successful garden design.

Open 10.30am - 4pm
Tickets £105
Location RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
Web rhs.org.uk

10 February: Introduction to Creating a Cutting Garden

Picking lavender

A one-day course for anyone looking to start a cutting garden. You will learn to sow seeds, support plants and care for them, and how to cut for and create natural displays.

Open 10am - 4pm
Tickets £75
Location One Garden Brighton, Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN1 9SE
Web onegardenbrighton.com

14 February: Sustainable London and the Energy Garden

Learn how the greening of three of London’s Overground stations has been achieved by joining this online talk by Agamemnon Otero, director of The Energy Garden, for London Parks and Gardens

Open 6-7pm
Tickets £5
Location online
Web londongardenstrust.org

16 February: Winter and Snowdrops Walk - Breakfast and a Guided Walk

A winter walk in the company of Nick Hamilton at Barnsdale Gardens, created by his father Geoff, is an immersion in coloured bark and berries, hellebores and some 9000 snowdrops, all individually planted.

Open 9.30am-12.30pm
Tickets £40
Location Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH
Web barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) in the Geoff Hamilton Winter Borders at Barnsdale Gardens. Large terracotta vase behind.
© Steve Hamilton

19 February: Peckham Grown and Thrown - Plants and Ceramics Market

© Peach Photo at Green Rooms Market 3
© Peach Photo at Green Rooms Market

The organisers at Green Rooms Market have collaborated with The Independent Ceramics market to create a shopping experience filled with houseplants and handmade pots and vases from talented ceramicists.

Open 11am-5pm
Tickets £1
Location Unit 8, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN
Web greenroomsmarket.com

25 February: Willow Garden Structures Workshop

Willow garden structures

Learn to create beautiful and unique garden structures for the garden using natural willow stems from weaving expert Helen Lomberg.

Open 10am-4.30pm
Tickets £115
Location Waterperry Gardens, nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England, OX33 1JZ
Web waterperrygardens.co.uk

MARCH

2 March: Silent Earth - Saving Our Insects

Book now for Silent Earth: Saving Our Insects, a winter lecture by Professor Dave Goulson organised by the Oxford Botanic Garden.

Open 7-8pm
Tickets £15
Location Lecture Theatre 1, Maths Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG.
Web obga.oex.ac.uk

7 March: Gardening in the Dolfor Hills

great lawn border in Dolfor hills
© Dr Wolfgang Schaefer

An online talk given by Dr Wolfgang Schaefer for the NGS that covers the major landscaping and gardening projects undertaken over the past 30 years at his garden of just under 3 acres near Newtown, Montgomeryshire.

Open 7-8.30pm
Tickets £10
Location Online
Web ngs.org.uk

7 & 28 March: Designing for a Small Garden

Small garden
© Kate Gould

Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Kate Gould leads a 2-day course, Designing for a Small Garden, at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey. The course will show you how to deliver maximum impact while still meeting all your requirements for the garden. The course takes place over two days, 7 March and 28 March, and includes a light lunch.

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Open 10.30am-4pm
Tickets £195
Location RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley Lane, Woking, GU23 6QB
Web lcgd.org.uk

10 March: Creating a Woodland Garden by John Grimshaw

Upton Wold is welcoming John Grimshaw, director of Yorkshire Arboretum, to give a lecture on the many layers in a woodland garden and how to create a multi-season planting scheme. Tickets include entry to Upton Wold Garden.

Open 10.30am arrival
Tickets £50, payable by cheque or bank transfer
Location Northwick Estate, Upton Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9TR.
Web uptonwold.co.uk

13 - 17 March: Dazzling Daffodils at Hever Castle

Anne Boleyn's Orchard photo credit Vikki Rimmer
© Vikki Rimmer

Over 70,000 daffodil bulbs are set to bloom this month at Hever Castle. For the full experience book one of their twice-daily tours given by head gardener Neil Miller and daffofil expert Johnny Walkers.

Open 11.30am - 2pm
Tickets TBC
Location Hever Castle, TN8 7NG.
Web hevercastle.co.uk

19 March: Rare Plant Fair

Find unusual plants from a range of specialist growers including Hilltop Plants, Avon Bulbs and Potterton’s Nursery while wandering the 14 acres of gardens at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells.

Open 10am-4pm
Location The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD.
Web rareplantfair.co.uk

21 March: Coastal Gardens with Mark Laurence

Coastal garden
© Mark Laurence

Designer Mark Laurence delivers an online masterclass on the challenges and opportunities of creating a successful coastal garden, many of which are likely to be on clay rather than sandy soil.

Open 6-7pm
Tickets £24
Location Online
Web gardenmasterclass.org

22 March - 4 June: Private and Public - Finding the Modern British Garden

Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960), Conservatory at the Cedars, image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn
© Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960), Conservatory at the Cedars, image courtesy of Liss Llewellyn

An exhibition of paintings of gardens and public green spaces by artists painting during the interwar period in Britain opens this month at the Garden Museum. It includes works by Charles Mahoney, Evelyn Dunbar, Eric Ravilious and Ithell Colquhoun.

Open 10am - 5pm
Tickets Museum admission £14
Location Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB.
Web gardenmuseum.org.uk

27 March: Botanical Art with Metal

Botanical art from metal © Jess Wheeler for Create Academy_1
© Jess Wheeler for Create Academy

Create botanical artwork from metal in this hands-on workshop at Kew. Tutor Jess Wheeler will show you how to transform recycled sheet brass and wire into delicate everlasting florals.

Open 10.30am-12.30pm
Tickets £90
Location Nash Conservatory, Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE.
Web kew.org.uk

29 March: Lino-printing Inspired by Nature

Join Juliet Sargeant’s Sussex Garden School in a lino-printing workshop at Pitfield Barn Cut Flower Farm. You’ll learn cutting and inking techniques from designer and crafter Wendy Darby and everyone will take home several completed images. The day includes refreshments, lunch and a tour of the flower farm.

Open 10am-3.30pm
Tickets £106
Location Pitfield Barn Cut Flower Farm, Chalkers Lane, Hustpierpoint, BN6 9LR.
Web sussexgardenschool.com

APRIL

1 - 2 April: Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

Specialist nurseries with dramatic displays of flowers and shrubs.

Open 10am - 5pm
Tickets From £10
Location Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE
Web cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

20 - 23 April: Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Inspiration from show gardens, a plant nursery pavilion, floral art, garden shopping, expert advice and live entertainment.

Open TBC
Tickets From £21.50
Location Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ
Web flowershow.org.uk

28 - 29 April: Toby's Garden Festival

Garden festival in Devon bringing together nurseries from the West Country and beyond, with gardening talks, arts and crafts, street food and music.

Open 10am - 5pm
Tickets From £11
Location Powderham Castle, Kenton EX6 8JQ
Web tobygardenfest.co.uk

28 - 30 April: BBC Gardeners' World Spring Fair

Shopping and inspiration set in the grounds of Beaulieu.

Open TBC
Tickets From £24
Location Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7ZN
Web bbcgardenersworldlive.com

28 April - 27 May: Beans & Menhirs

High-res-Hanne Westergaard - Beans and Menhirs - image credit @sharedprogramme-6
© @sharedprogramm

Artist Hanne Westergaard will be exhibiting her collection of ceramic beans and pods, inspired by her time spent gardening at the allotment, in a solo show at Cupola Gallery in Sheffield. All works will be for sale

Open 10am-6.30pm
Tickets Free
Location Main Gallery, Cupola Contemporary Art, 178a Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 1TD
Web cupolagallery.com

MAY

11 - 14 May: RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, enjoy the RHS Spring Festival.

Open 9am - 6pm
Tickets From £25.85
Location Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcester, WR13 6NW
Web rhs.org.uk

12 - 14 May: Beervelde Gardens Days, Belgium

240 exhibitors at a three-day garden garden festival on a family estate in Flanders. Expect a wide selection of culinary specialities, artisan craft items, antiques and musical entertainment.

Open 10am - 6pm
Tickets From €12
Location Beervelde Park, Beervelde-Dorp 75, 9080 Beervelde
Web parkvanbeervelde.be

12 - 14 May: Les Journées des Plantes de Chantilly, France

France's leading garden event (also in autumn)

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location Domaine de Chantilly, 7 Rue du Connétable, 60500, Chantilly, France
Web chateaudechantilly.fr

13 - 21 May: Temps de Flors, Spain

Spectacular displays around the historic centre of Girona.

Location Girona, Spain
Web tempsdeflors.girona.cat

19 - 21 May: The National Flower Show

Celebrating the best of homes and gardens with flower displays and exhibitors.

Open 9am - 5pm
Tickets From £13
Location Hylands House, London Road, Writtle, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ
Web thenationalflowershow.co.uk

23 - 27 May: RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show returns in 2023. Explore cutting-edge garden designs and shop from specialist nurseries and sellers.

Open 8am-8pm, Friday also late from 5.30pm-10pm, Saturday 8am-5.30pm
Tickets From £48.85
Location London Gate, Royal Hospital Road, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR
Web rhs.org.uk

Don't miss our Chelsea Flower Show hub and everything you need to know about Chelsea Flower Show 2023

JUNE

1 - 5 June: Bord Bia Bloom, Ireland

Ireland's largest gardening event.

Open 9am - 6pm
Tickets From €20
Web bordbiabloom.com

2 - 4 June: Hex Garden Festival, Belgium

Garden and plant show.

Open 10am - 6pm
Tickets From €10
Location Castle Hex, Hoogstraat 1, B3870 Heks-Heers
Web hex.be

3 - 4 June: The Plant Fair, Sculpture by the Lakes

Showcasing a range of exhibitions offering a spectacular array of plants and garden must haves as well as expert talks and advice.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU
Web sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

10 June: Royal Windsor Flower Show

Flower show raising funds for the charitable work of the Royal Windsor Rose & Horticultural Society.

Open 10am - 6pm
Tickets TBC
Location Windsor Great Park, SL4 2BS
Web rwhs.com

15 - 18 June: BBC Gardeners' World Live

Gardens inspiration, stands, exhibits and expert advice.

Open 9am - 6pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm
Tickets From £25
Location NEC, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
Web bbcgardenersworldlive.com

23 - 25 June: Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Shop from exhibitors for plants and arts and crafts in the setting of Blenheim palace.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location Blenheim Palace. Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
Web blenheimflowershow.co.uk

JULY

4 - 9 July: RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Shop for plants from specialist nurseries and be inspired by gardens.

Open 10am - 6.30pm, Sunday 10am - 5.30pm
Tickets From £28.85
Location Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Web rhs.org.uk

15 & 16 July: Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show

Inspiring garden designs, horticulture talks, sculpture artists, nurseries, garden tools, furniture and crafts.

Open 9.45 am - 4.30pm
Tickets From £12.50
Location Ladies Field, Belvoir Castle, Grantham, NG32 1PE
Web belvoircastleflowerandgardenshow.co.uk

19 - 23 July: RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Floral displays set in magnificent parkland.

Open 10am - 5pm
Tickets From £29.85
Location Tatton Park, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN
Web rhs.org.uk

AUGUST

2 - 6 August: RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show

Specialist plant nurseries, expert tips and mouth-watering food.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8A
Web rhs.org.uk

12 & 13 August: The Great Comp Summer Show

Specialist plant nurseries, artists and crafts people.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt near Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8QS
Web greatcompgarden.co.uk

18 - 20 August: RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show

Specialist plant nurseries, floral displays, demonstrations and live music.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
Web rhs.org.uk

SEPTEMBER

5 - 10 September: RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Specialist plant nurseries, floral displays, demonstrations and exhibitors.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB
Web rhs.org.uk

15 - 17 September: Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Inspiration from show gardens, a plant nursery pavilion, floral art, garden shopping, expert advice and live entertainment.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location Newby Hall & Gardens, Estate Office, Newby Hall, Ripton, North Yorkshire HG4 5AE
Web flowershow.org.uk

22 -24 September: Malvern Autumn Show

Flower show, shopping and giant veg growing displays.

Open 9am - 6pm
Tickets From £20
Location Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
Web malvernautumn.co.uk

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Dates and prices correct at time of publication. Please check details for each show prior to travelling.

Authors

Molly Blair
Molly Blaireditorial and digital assistant

Molly is the Gardens Illustrated's editorial and digital assistant. She has a roof garden and has her RHS level 2.

Annie Gatti is an award-winning garden writer and co-author of the RHS Your Wellbeing Garden

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