If you're looking to spruce up your garden with some new shrubs, trees and hardy perennials, visiting a plant fair to find some hidden gems is a great idea. Here is our of selection of the best plant fairs where you can browse colourful stalls, get expert advice and admire beautiful displays.

Don't miss our list of the best gardening events and things to do this year.

Plant fairs to visit in 2023

Snowdrop Fair and Plant Fairs at East Ruston Old Vicarage, Norfolk

In February, visitors will be able to shop from specialist snowdrop growers and later in the year there will be further plant fairs.

5 February 2023, 10am-2pm for the snowdrop fair. General plant fairs will take place on 10 June and 9 September 10am-4.30pm. East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 9HN. Call 01692 650 432 or visit eastrustonoldvicarage.co.uk

Snowdrop and Early Spring Plant Fair at Hole Park, Kent

Table of pots of snowdrops and spring flowers at Hole Park plant fair

Shop for snowdrops and early spring plants.

Dates and tickets TBC. Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, TN17 4JA. holepark.com

The Generous Gardener Specialist Plant Sales, 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.

10 March, 19 May, 8 September 2022, 10am-2pm. Charlton Farm, Pink Lane, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DS. 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 a spring and 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.

19 March and 10am-4pm and 10 September 2022, 10am-4.30pm. The Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD. Tel 01749 988111. bishopspalace.org.uk

Plant Hunters Fair at Ness Botanic Gardens, Cheshire

Shop from lots of specialist nurseries at one of the many Plant Hunters Fairs in 2023.

Tickets are £1.

2 April and 3 September 2023, 10am-4pm. Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 4AY. planthuntersfairs.co.uk

Spring Fling Plant Fair at Great Comp Garden, Kent

An annual spring fair featuring award-winning gardens and nurseries selling plants.

16 April 2023, 10am-5pm. Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt, nr. Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8QS. greatcompgarden.co.uk

Rare Plant Fair at Admington Hall, Warwickshire

Admington Hall is a 5-acre garden of rooms surrounding a country house in Warwickshire. They will be hosting a plant fair in association with Rare Plant Fairs.

Tickets can be bought at the gate - no need to pre-book. £7 per adult.

29 April, 11am-4pm. Admington Hall, Admington, Shipston on Stour CV36 4JN. rareplantfair.co.uk

Rare Plant Fair at Llanover House, Nr Abergavenny

Specialist plant fair in a historic listed garden and arboretum.

17 September 2023, 11am to 4pm. £7. Llanover House, Abergavenny Monmouthshire. Tel 0845 468 1368. rareplantfair.co.uk

Helmingham Hall Plant Fairs, 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.

Dates and tickets for 2023 TBC. Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. Tel 01473 890799, helmingham.com

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.

Dates and tickets TBC. Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB, holkham.co.uk

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.

Dates and tickets TBC. Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye TN31 6PH. greatdixter.co.uk

To find more plant fairs near you, try visiting rareplantfair.co.uk, plant-fairs.co.uk, plantfairs.co.uk, hardy-plant.org.uk, plantheritage.org.uk and planthuntersfairs.co.uk.

You can also take a look at our list of other gardening events and shows happening throughout the year.

Garden Museum Spring Plant Fair

Garden Museum spring plant fair

Expert growers and specialist nurseries from around the country come to sell their plants in London.


16 April, 10am-4pm. The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB. gardenmuseum.org.uk


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London