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Spring Flower Shows

11 April 2018 | Sian Brett

As spring approaches ever closer, the annual crop of flower and horticulture shows are beginning, and tickets are on sale. These days out are not just for the flower fans among you however, with plenty of food, drink, crafts, and kids entertainment.

Chelsea Flower Show
Run by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Chelsea Flower Show runs from 22-26 May in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, where it’s been every year since 1912. It’s the country’s most popular and famous flower show, attracting 157,000 visitors a year including some royals and lots of celebrities. Aspects of the flower show are normally broadcast on the BBC but watching it on the small screen isn’t the same as the splendour and magnitude of the show itself. You can see all the displays that will be entered into the prestigious awards, as well as explore the health and wellbeing gardens. This year for the first time the Ranelagh Gardens will stay open later for an evening jazz and soul performance amongst the flowers.


Image Credit: Chelsea Flower Show via Facebook

Chelsea Flower Show takes place 22-26 May in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR.
 
Blenheim Palace Flower Show
The beautiful and historic Blenheim palace grounds welcome the Royal Horticultural Society for the sixth year. This year the show will feature the biggest ever Grand Floral Pavilion display as well as a floral art competition. You can also enjoy the food and drink on offer across the palace grounds, including a champagne bar. Once you’ve seen all there is to see in the show, there are also plenty of gardens already in the grounds to explore, from an Italian Garden to a secret garden.


Image Credit: Blenheim Palace via instagram

Blenheim Palace Flower Show takes place 22-24 June at Woodstock, OX20 1PP.
 
Spring Live!
There truly is something for everyone at this revamped Spring Garden & Leisure Show in West Sussex. From alpaca shows to flower arranging competitions to mini monster trucks, if you’re dragging along your non-green fingered family then they need not worry – there’s fun for them too! For kids especially be sure to check out the circus skills area and the artificial caving experience, giving you the chance to learn as you have fun. There’s also live music on throughout the day and of course, plenty of flowers to see, learn about and buy – plus a gardening Q&A that will answer all your burning questions.


Image Credit: Spring Live! via Twitter

Spring Live! takes place 6-7 May at the South of England Showground on Selsfield Road, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TH
 
Malvern Spring Festival
On average, visitors to Malvern Spring Festival consume 18,000 cups of tea and 6,000 pieces of cake. If that’s not a sign of a good spring show then we don’t know what is. You can get design tips from previous RHS gold medal winners, and learn how to make green living spaces in compact and unusual spaces. Malvern Spring Festival will also be home to the first knitted garden as well as having a floral marquee and plant arcades. There’s plenty of opportunities to go shopping as well as celeb spot at this popular floral hotspot in Worcestershire.


Image Credit: Malvern Spring Festival

Malvern Spring Festival takes place 10-13 May at Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW.
 
Garden Show Ireland
2018 will see the Garden Show in Ireland focus on how to eat from your garden and have all year colour surrounding your house. You can escape the hustle and bustle in the meditation garden, plus there’s jazz, wine, craft stalls and demonstrations from tree climbers. For kids there’s a hammock hideout and a scarecrow avenue to explore, as well as all of the beautiful flowers and gardens just waiting to be enjoyed.


Image Credit: Garden Show Ireland

Garden Show Ireland takes place 4-6 May at Randalstown Road, Antrim, BT41 4JA.

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