With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect springtime getaway. A picnic in the park is usually a pretty good start, but if you’re looking for something extra special this year, we’ve got just the ticket – and it’s a very colourful one!
Enjoy a few days off from work by visiting one of the iconic Royal Horticultural Society’s annual flower shows. With beautiful floral displays and stunning show gardens, treating yourself and a loved one to a memorable day out couldn’t be easier – you may even pick up some gardening tips & inspiration along the way.
Take a look at some of the RHS Flower Show tickets on offer this year for the perfect spring escape…
1) RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2017
When: 7th – 9th April 2017
Where: Bute Park, Cardiff
The Cardiff event is the biggest of its kind in Wales and it’s ideally timed to be right in the middle of spring, it’s the perfect treat for all!
With engaging talks, helpful demonstrations and lots of practical advice, there’ll be plenty of displays to help inspire nature-lovers to get gardening. Celebrating the best of springtime creativity, the show has everything from awe-inspiring grand designs to smaller independent gardeners, all held in Bute Park, in the shadow of impressive Cardiff Castle.
A great excuse to visit the pretty Welsh capital, the RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2017 is a fantastic experience for you to enjoy this year.
2) RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017
When: 25th – 27th May 2017
Where: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
Perhaps the trendiest of all the garden shows, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a must-see annual event for budding gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts alike. Bringing together the world’s leading garden designers for one of the most prestigious flower shows in the UK, this weekend event promises colour and creativity by the bucket load.
Dating way back to 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show we know and love today sees more than 150,000 visitors each year with up to 550 spectacular exhibits to explore. Covering a staggering 11-acres, the show takes 25 days to piece together and features everything from avant-garde show gardens to smaller artisan and urban displays.
Whether you need inspiration for your own little patch back home, or simply can’t resist nosing about these awe-inspiring garden exhibits, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 will appeal to everyone’s nature.
3) RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017
When: 9th – 11th June 2017
Where: Chatsworth House, Bakewell
Brand new for 2017, Chatsworth Flower Show is a popular pick for all green-fingered gardeners who are looking for show-stopping flower- and plant displays this summer. Set within the spectacular grounds of Chatsworth House, this RHS Flower Show offers a myriad of impressive displays and colourful arrangements, as well as many talks and demonstrations from knowledgeable growers & gardeners where you can soak up this year’s top garden-inspired tips.
But it’s not just the magnificent plants & flowers you can enjoy at this event, it’s also a great place to indulge in a little retail therapy, with plenty of unique shopping opportunities to really enliven your garden.
4) RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017
When: 7th -9th July 2017
Where: Hampton Court Palace
Set within the stunning grounds of Hampton Court Palace, and renowned as the world’s largest flower show, this annual event is a must-see for any passionate garden enthusiasts.
Combining a summer festival atmosphere, spectacular show gardens and first class horticulture expertise, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017 promises plenty of fun and excitement this July.
Head to the famous Rose Marquee for outstanding floral displays and marvel at the stunning outdoor features for a ton of garden inspiration from award-winning designers. Learn from the best as various demonstrations offer you the know-how for your own garden creations, or take a moment to enjoy a relaxing picnic along the Long Water with beautiful views of Hampton Court Palace.
Have you been lucky enough to visit any of these flower shows in the past, or will you be giving the gift of RHS Flower Show tickets this spring? Share your recommendations or let us know your favourite by using the comments box below.