Great British gardening festivals to put in your diary this summer

The Chelsea Flower Show may be over for another year, but there’s no need to worry if you still want to find some planting inspiration for your grounds or garden! With summer finally here, there’s plenty of great British gardening festivals to chuck in your diary, and these can be found all across the country. So, there’s bound to be something for everyone!


Unsure of which ones you should visit? phs Greenleaf have done the hard work for you, and compiled a list of our favourite summer gardening festivals in the UK…


RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

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When: 22th June – 24th June 2018

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Molesey


The RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show offers a little something for every horticultural enthusiastic. Take a relaxing stroll to take in the stunning sights of the garden,

browse and buy beautiful high-quality plants from over 40 specialist plant nurseries, watch demonstrations (including flower arranging), and even seek gardening advice and planting inspiration from a number of qualified experts.


One highlight to look out for is the famous display of thousands of dolly-mixture candelabra primulas, which run alongside the Streamside. At this year’s show, you’ll also be greeted by soldiers from the 6 Regiment of the Royal Logistic Corps, who have been working with the RHS and local school pupils to decorate and plant up decommissioned army boots!


RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


When: 2nd July – 8th July 2018

Where: RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate


If the fact that it’s the world’s largest annual flower show isn’t enough to convince you to visit the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, then its world-class Show Gardens (which showcase over 250,000 flowers), is sure to attract your attention! Held over six days, visitors can also take part in great family-friendly workshops, sample delicious food, and buy great gifts from a number of stalls.


At this year’s show, learn the art of modern calligraphy and floral arranging, and get lost exploring the various show gardens. The Viking Cruises Nordic Lifestyle Garden by designer Stephen Hall (of Contour Garden Design), The Limbcare Wellbeing Garden by Edward Paul Mairis, and the Children With Cancer UK: Mr Happy, Mr Worry Hill by Emma Reed are sure to be standouts.


Stockbridge Open Gardens

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When: 28th July – 29th July 2018

Where: Stockbridge Gardens, Hampshire


Held in the quaint, yet thriving town of Stockbridge, the Stockbridge Open Gardens Weekend is a great option for a relaxing day out. Now in its 24th year, Stockbridge Open Gardens is a much-loved tradition, and this year’s event will allow you to immerse yourself in nature while you listen to great music from the Amesbury town band and indulge in cream teas and cakes from the church lawn.


Featuring gardens situated in the eastern end of the village, many of these offer stunning views of the River Test. Around 10 beautiful gardens will be open during this weekend, including a number of small gardens, a long wild garden, and mature ‘magazine’ gardens, so you’re bound to find some inspiration for your own planting here!


Dorothy Clive Garden Plant Hunters’ Fair


When: 26th August – 27th August 2018

Where: Dorothy Clive Garden, Shropshire


The Dorothy Clive Garden Plant Hunters’ Fair is famous for Britain’s plant lovers, and they flock to the event every Easter and Summer to experience the beauty of the Dorothy Clive Garden and get inspired by stalls full of wonderful plants from passionate flower experts and designers. Many of these are RHS medallists and National Collection holders.


Nurseries attending the event during the August Bank Holiday weekend include Mayfields Plants from Cheshire, who specialise in bee and butterfly friendly perennial plants, RHS Gold medallists, Pottertons Nursery from Lincolnshire, who specialise in alpines, dwarf bulbs, and woodland plants, and Conquest Plants Nursery from Cheshire, who specialise in coloured foliage.


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Images from the following sources:

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Show