The Best British Gardening Shows to Visit in 2020 By The Greenhouse People
YOU MAY BE HUNKERING DOWN FOR WINTER IN THE GARDEN BUT IT‘S NOT LONG UNTIL SPRING ARRIVES.
A FRESH CROP OF GARDENING EVENTS ARE ON THE HORIZON AND ITS THE PERFECT TIME TO PLAN WHICH ONES YOU WANT TO EXPLORE. WHETHER YOU'RE A BUDDING BEGINNER OR A SEASONED PRO.
FROM THE PRESTIGIOUS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW TO FRINGE EVENTS LIKE SEEDY SUNDAY.THE GARDENING EXPERTS AT THE GREENHOUSE PEOPLE GIVE US THE RUN—DOWN OF THE BEST SHOWS TO VISIT IN 2020.
Chelsea Flower Show (19-23 May)
Tickets starting from £31.75
The world’s most prestigious horticultural event, With the Queen and other members of the Royal Family in attendance, it’s no wonder the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is attended by 168,000 Visitors each year.
If you’ll be one of them in May 2020, expect displays by some of the world’s leading garden designers as well as emerging talent. Many categories have received a makeover this year, including a dedicated space for ﬂoristry, a new Urban Gardens category and the trend for indoor plants reﬂected in the House Plant Studios.
Kew Orchid Festival (8 February-S March)
Ticket included in entry price, starting from £16.50
If you can’t wait for Spring to Visit a gardening event, in February The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew hold an annual orchid festival With dazzling displays. In 2020, the theme is Indonesia to celebrate Kew’s Vital science work in the country.
In the immersive glasshouse, Visitors Will encounter an erupting volcano created from orchids and other tropical ﬂowers, as well as after—hours events featuring Indonesian music, dance and cuisine, and a series of talks from Kew’s orchid experts.
Gardening Scotland (29-31 May)
Ticket prices to be announced
Scotland’s biggest garden show is the highlight of the horticultural calendar for gardeners nationwide. The event is put together by a group of horticulturists Who thought Scotland deserved its own gardening celebration and is held in the grounds of the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
In 2019, standout trends included plants suited to Scotland’s damp climate like unusual blue poppies originating from the Himalayas. This year expect a focus on urban gardening and lots of family—friendly activities. You can also find a designer to help transform your own garden.
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (11-14 June)
Tickets starting from £28.25
The Royal Horticultural Society’s newest gardening event, the Chatsworth Flower Show, Will return for the fourth time With all the summer colour, prize blooms and innovative design of previous years.
2020 Will see the return of the Mindfulness Gardens, a category launched to celebrate the benefits of gardens and outdoor spaces for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Providing the impressive backdrop to the Derbyshire show is Chatsworth House, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and set in 35,000 acres of sprawling countryside. Used as the setting for Pernberley, Darcy’s house in various adaptions of Pride and Prejudice, it’s worth a Visit as Chatsworth Flower Show ticket holders receive 50% off admission during the show.
Seedy Sunday (2 February)
Tickets starting from £3
Every year on the first Sunday in February, the city of Brighton and Hove hosts Britain’s largest community seed swap. The practice of swapping seeds is an old one, but it’s never been more important considering the growing issue of climate change.
The Widespread use of genetically uniform modern crop varieties has caused crops to lose about 75 percent of their genetic diversity in the last century.
At the heart of Seedy Sunday is the huge seed swap table Where you can donate and swap seeds. This helps promote biodiversity, preserve rare plant varieties and is less costly than buying seeds in Spring.
That’s not all though, as Visitors Will experience an impressive line up of speakers, a marketplace and plenty of children’s activities too.
Gardener’s World Live (18-21 June)
Tickets starting from £26
Every year the BBC Gardener’s World Live transforms the NEC in Birmingham into the ultimate day out for green—fingered gardeners.
Famous gardening personalities like Monty Don and Carol Klein Will share their best tips on stage, With entertaining and informative talks. But there Will also be garden walks With the experts, one—on—one advice desks to help solve all your gardening problems, and show gardens packed With practical ideas for your outdoor spaces.