The United Kingdom, as popularized by world-renowned books, movies, and television series, has a wealth of natural landscapes to boast off. The winding moors, the sloping lines of hills, and the vast plains of the countryside, each with their own flora and fauna, are a magnificent setting for homes, various establishments, and gardens. With such a natural and idyllic background, gardens, and gardening are one of the best aspects of the UK. The country’s dedication to the art of gardening could clearly be seen in several flowers and gardening shows that are held each year. Here is a list of summertime gardening shows in the UK that will surely give you ideas and inspiration for your own gardens.
The National Flower Show and The Country Garden Festival
In 2019, the National Flower Show in Chelmsford’s Hylands House has successfully run into its fourth year. Gardening television personality Carol Klein opened the event. The central piece of the show is the Floral Pavilion where exhibits of gazebos, greenhouses, and nurseries are showcased by proud gardeners. Refreshments and souvenirs like jewelry, luxury goods, and giftware, could be bought in their Home and Country Pavilion and Food and Drink Pavilion. During the days of the Country Garden Festival, the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, spanning 14 acres, becomes the setting of a floral festival that celebrates the life of British gardens. The venue is filled with stalls for food and drinks, nurseries selling rare and special plant varieties, sculptures, and demonstrations. The organizers also invite speakers like famous garden designers to share their knowledge and musicians to entertain attendees.
The Kent Garden Show and The Blenheim Palace Flower Show
This garden show takes place in Detling’s Kent Showground, has been one of the long-running gardening shows in the UK. With 27 years under its belt, the Kent Garden Show attracts crowds of 30,000 people. The show is not only for serious gardeners but also for the entire family as 300 exhibitors showcase the whole spectrum of gardening – from the smallest plants to amazing garden statues and trees. The main halls of the showground are used for crafts and food, flower arranging, and flower displays. Celebrating the best examples for gardening, lifestyle, and the home, the Blenheim Palace Flower Show is a wondrous event spanning three days in Oxfordshire. The focus of exhibitors is inspirational and beautiful displays fitting for both the interior and outdoor spaces of the garden and the home. Gardening materials and other products are available for sale in the show’s Shopping Village.
The Southport Flower Show
The Southport Flower Show claims the title of the largest gardening show in the country with visiting crowds of 50,000 people in the span of the four-day festival. In addition to the gardens and floral displays, the show includes entertainment arenas, music venues, and celebrity guests. Passionate gardeners and families can both enjoy the festivities located in the 34 acres of Victoria Park. This show is one that encourages young gardeners to develop an interest in gardening and keep the activity alive.