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The best autumn plant fairs to visit 2022

Published: October 2, 2022 at 9:00 am
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Our round-up of the best autumn plant fairs to find quality plants, shrubs and trees

Autumn is the perfect time to plant shrubs, trees and hardy perennials. Here is our of selection of the best autumn plant fairs where you can browse colourful stalls, get expert advice and admire beautiful displays.

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September

The Generous Gardener Autumn Plant Sale, Gloucestershire

In a beautiful garden you can see an extensive range of unusual plants from leading nurseries, such as Chase Plants, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, and Cotswold Garden Flowers.

Next year The Generous Gardener will be moving its plant sales to Charlton Farm, the home of Sarah Rivett-Carnac, near Malmesbury.

9 September 2022, 10am-1pm. The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5RY. Contact mel@thegenerousgardener.co.uk or call 01285 850 256. thegenerousgardener.co.uk

Rare Plant Fair at The Bishop's Palace, Wells

The Bishop's Palace, Wells

This Somerset venue is holding its autumn Rare Plant Fair with the help of a selection of nurseries from across the South West. The event is run in association with Rare Plant Fairs, managed by Ian and Teresa Moss.

Tickets can be bought at the gate – no need to pre-book. £8 per adult. Palace pass holders have free entry.

11 September 2022, 10am-4.30pm. The Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD. Tel 01749 988111. bishopspalace.org.uk

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, Surrey

Highlight's of this year's flower show at RHS Wisley include a majestic display in the National Dahlia Society Show’s marquee, more colourful displays in the floral art marquee, plus top quality plants and expert advice from 50 specialist nurseries.

6-11 September 2022. RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. rhs.org.uk

Helmingham Hall Autumn Plant Fair, Suffolk

Highlights of this year's plant fair at Helminghall Hall include free plants distributed throughout the day, specialist nurseries and National Plant Collections and live music and children's activities.

18 September 2022, 10am to 4pm. Entry £8. Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. Tel 01473 890799, helmingham.com

Llanover House, Nr Abergavenny

Specialist plant fair in a historic listed garden and arboretum.

18 September 2022, 11am to 4pm. £7. Llanover House, Abergavenny Monmouthshire. Tel 0845 468 1368. rareplantfair.co.uk

Holkham Hall Plant Market, Norfolk

The 18th century walled garden at Holkham Hall is a beautiful spot for a plant fair. There will be a host of regional nurseries displaying plants and other gardening essentials as well as a selection of stalls.

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24 September 2022, 10am-4pm. Adult £5.50, Child £2.50, Family (2+3) £15. Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB, holkham.co.uk

Malvern Autumn Show

Malvern Autumn Show
© Malvern autumn show

Spectacular flowers, an array of food and drink, giant vegetables and lots of family fun are all in store with the UK’s biggest harvest festival, set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

You'll find lots of inspiration for planning next year’s spring pots and borders, with every kind of bulb, tuber and corm for sale, alongside expert advice to help your garden flourish.

23-25 September 2022, Adults £18.85, members £17.85, under 16s go free. Three Counties Showground, Malvern WR13 6NW. malvernautumn.co.uk

The Fête des Plantes d’Automne, France

Within the grounds of the Chateau Saint Jean de Beauregard you can expect nearly 200 stands of the best European nursery producers, selling the finest quality plants and flowers.

23-25 September 2022. Rue du Château, 91940 Saint-Jean-de-Beauregard, France. chateaudesaintjeandebeauregard.com

Orticolario, Lake Como, Italy

Orticolario is one of Italy’s premier gardening events, held in the grounds of Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como.

The three-day gardening show brings together top designers, nurseries and garden product companies, all with an eye to the very best in gardening, art and design.

29 September – 2 October 2022, Largo Luchino Visconti, 4, 22012 Cernobbio CO, Italy. eng.orticolario.it

October

Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair

The famous Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair is a highlight of the gardening calendar, with seasonal plants to admire and buy from specialist nurseries from the UK and Europe.

8-9 October 2022. £10 or free for annual ticket holders and children under 16. Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye TN31 6PH. greatdixter.co.uk

Les Journées des Plantes at Chantilly, France

France’s biggest flower show takes place in the stunning parkland of Domaine de Chantilly near Paris. The weekend is a showcase of high-quality plants, floral displays, demonstrations and specialist talks.

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7-9 October 2022. From €14. Domaine de Chantilly, Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly, France. Tel +33 (0)3 44 27 31 80, domainedechantilly.com

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