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 2022:

Gardens Illustrated events and show guide 2023

12 March 2022 – 8 January 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

DECEMBER 2022

1 - 3 December: Magic of Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with a craft and food fair full of temptation and delights at RHS Garden Rosemoor. With carefully selected artisan traders from around the Westcountry, this is the perfect time to come and buy those unique and wonderful gifts for family and friends from a mixture of quality stalls in The Garden Room.

Open 11am-7pm
Tickets Free with garden entry
Location RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH
Web rhs.org.uk

2 & 3 December: Winter Pruning Workshop

Learn how to prune overgrown apple trees at Harvey’s Garden Plants. The trees at the nursery were planted in 1972 and attendees will be welcome to participate in pruning with guidance from Roger Harvey.

Open 10am-1pm
Tickets £40
Location Harvey’s Garden Plants, Great Green, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 3SH
Web harveysgardenplants.co.uk

4 December: Beautiful and Useful Craft Fair

The Beautiful & Useful Craft Fair will be returning to the Garden Museum in December, gathering together some of Britain's best designer-makers for a unique shopping experience.

Open 10.30am - 5pm
Tickets £7 (includes entrance to the museum)
Location Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB
Web gardenmuseum.org.uk

3 & 4 December: Christmas Makers Market at Petworth

Find your Christmas presents and a treat for yourself at this festive makers market that features high quality artisan gifts. You’ll find a range of beautiful handmade products including jewellery, homewares, textiles and art.

Open 10am-7pm
Tickets Free with garden entry
Location Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9LR
Web nationaltrust.org.uk

5 December: Wreath Making

Book now for a place on the Christmas Wreath Workshop by Judith Blacklock Flower School at the school’s Knightsbridge headquarters, followed by a three-course lunch at Mosimann’s dining club in Belgravia, in aid of the gardening charity Perennial.

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Open 10.30am-3pm
Tickets £195
Location London SW1X 8EH
Web perennial.org.uk

6 December: Festive Tablescaping

Learn to create a foliage-filled tablescape in this festive workshop led by Thomas Broom-Hughes.

Open 11am-1pm
Tickets £75
Location Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 7AB
Web petershamnurseries.com

Christmas tablescape
© Andrew Montgomery

7, 14 & 21 December: Twilight Christmas Tour

Join a twilight Christmas tour of Hughenden House and grounds under the glow of candlelight to discover the twelve days of Christmas.

Open 5.30-7pm
Tickets £15
Location Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 4LA
Web nationaltrust.org.uk

8 - 12 December: Christmas at Levens Hall

With an illuminated garden walk, an indoor crafts and artisanal market, seasonal food and drink and festive music, a trip to Levens Hall is the perfect way to kick off Christmas.

Open 4-8pm
Tickets £12
Location Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 0PD
Web levenshall.co.uk

Christmas at Levens Hall
© Levens Hall and Gardens

10 & 11 December: Advent at The Laskett

The charity Perennial are hosting this Advent event at The Laskett. Guests can expect mulled wine, apple juice and hot chocolate as well as mince pies and plant sales among the festive lights.

Open 10.30am - 1pm and 2-4.30pm
Tickets £12
Location The Laskett, Laskett Lane, Much Birch, Herefordshire HR2 8HZ
Web thelaskett.org.uk

The Laskett gardens in snow, December.
© Richard Bloom

13 December: English Garden Eccentrics

Landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan brings to life some of the obscure and eccentric English garden makers who created personal gardens between the early 17th and 20th centuries.

Open 6pm
Tickets £16 in person, £5 live on zoom
Location Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace, LondonSW1W 8JF and online
Web londongardenstrust.org

14 December: Contemporary Christmas decorations from foraged materials

Ditch the tinsel and forage in the garden, park, woods and hedges instead for natural materials to make a unique wreath, garland, place setting or festive decoration. Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle will show you how on this one-day course.

Open 9am-5pm
Tickets £169
Location West Dean College, Nr Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ
Web westdean.org.uk

Christmas decoration making with plants
© Annie Guilfoyle

Until 31 December: The Four Seasons Sculpture Trail

There’s still time to see the four larger-than-life sculptures by American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. The 4.5m tall intricately worked fibreglass heads are the artist’s take on Renaissance paintings by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

Tickets Free with garden admission
Location RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
Web rhs.org.uk

Gardens Illustrated events and show guide 2023

JANUARY

14 January: Your Garden in Winter

Be guided through seasonal gardening tasks in Edinburgh Botanic Garden, from propagation to preparations for the year ahead.

Open 12.30-3.30pm
Tickets £35
Location Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ
Web rbge.org.uk

Edinburgh Botanic Garden in the snow
© Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

15 January: Terrariums - Growing a Self-Sustaining World

Join terrarium expert Sanjana for an exploration of cacti, succulents, and tropical plants and how to grow them in a self-sustaining environment.

Open 10am-3pm
Tickets £85
Location Walworth Garden, 206 Manor Place, London SE17 3BN
Web walworthgarden.org.uk

16 January: Small is Beautiful - Gardening in confined spaces

The historic Kew Mutual Improvement Society (KMIS) is run by Kew diploma students and this month one of their guest lecturers is Kew graduate Alys Fowler who will talk about gardening in small spaces. You can attend in person or watch online.

Open 6pm
Tickets £10
Location Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Gate, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3DS
Web kew.org.uk

19 January: Pruning Fruit Workshop

This course is aimed at people who know the basics of pruning fruit and want to improve those skills. Held in Waterperry’s orchard, you will be offered individual advice on pruning apple and pear trees.

Open 10am - 3.30pm
Tickets £135
Location Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England OX33 1JZ
Web waterperrygardens.co.uk

20 January: Introduction to making your own compost

Learn new skills in compost making from expert tutors from Plumpton College. This one-day workshop covers what you need to get started and the best techniques, plus information on the benefits of making your own compost.

Open 10am-4pm
Tickets £45
Location One Garden, Brighton, Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9SE
Web onegardenbrighton.com

21 January: Celebration of Snowdrops

Harveys Garden Plants will be hosting their popular snowdrop day alongside other sellers of rare snowdrops from all over the country.

Open 11.30am-2.30pm
Tickets £4
Location Norton Village Hall, Norton, Bury St Edmunds IP31 3ND
Web harveysgardenplants.co.uk

24 January: The Sustainability and Sustainability of Plantings

Get first-hand advice from designer Tom Stuart-Smith in this online course on how to achieve sustainability in your planting designs in this one-hour online masterclass. Tom will reveal his planting failures as well as his successes and analyse the reasons.

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

25 January: Tree Talks

A stellar line-up of architects, artists, foragers, makers, historians and activists discuss the cultural and environmental role of the tree in the city. This evening of mini-lectures will address topics ranging from colonial ties to local making, from adventure play to productive decay.

Open TBC
Tickets TBC
Location Barbican Concert Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Web architecturefoundation.org.uk

28 January: Entwined - Plants in Contemporary Painting

View artwork by leading British painters in Entwined: Plants in Contemporary Painting, a curated exhibition supported by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, whose botanists provide commentary on the pieces.

Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm
Tickets Free
Location Huddersfield Art Gallery, Unit 7, The Piazza Shopping Centre, Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2RS
Web kirklees.org.uk

Until 31 January: Winter Sculpture Exhibition

Sculptures in a variety of materials and styles are to be discovered at the Winter Sculpture Exhibition in the garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor. More than 120 pieces by 32 artists are on show, and most are for sale.

Open 10am - 4pm
Tickets Free with garden admission (from £12.95)
Location RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
Web rhs.org.uk

FEBRUARY

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

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

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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