Grow in 2018 with RHS Flower Shows

Wednesday 10 January 2018

As we welcome in a new year we’re looking forward to another season of unrivalled flower shows from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). With an esteemed portfolio, including the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22-26 May), each show offers its own unique character with an array of astonishing displays, design innovation and creativity, plus plenty of take-home ideas for everyone to enjoy throughout 2018.

RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair, 13-14 February. Late event 12 February
Where: RHS Lindley (SW1P 2QW) & RHS Lawrence Hall (SW1P 2QD)
Tickets: £5 RHS Members, £8 non-members
Kick starting the gardening season, the RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair will see a variety of early flowering plants and bulbs. Visitors will be able to admire an abundance of stunning snowdrops in an installation created from gardens all over the country and make the most of on-hand advice from nurseries and speakers including Alys Fowler who will be encouraging everyone with tips and inspiration to get back in the garden after the winter months.

RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair, 6-7 April. Late event 5 April
Where: RHS Lindley (SW1P 2QW) & RHS Lawrence Hall (SW1P 2QD)
Tickets: £5 RHS Members, £8 non-members
The RHS Lindley and Lawrence Halls in Westminster will be bursting with an array of top nurseries showing off their spring selections. Featuring plenty of plants to stock up on and take home tips and advice from an exciting programme of talks and workshops, visitors can browse the beautiful selection of orchids and fresh spring colour. In addition, for those looking for a taste of RHS Chelsea, guests will be able to view an exclusive preview of the show-stopping gardens and speak to the designers behind them.

RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 13-15 April
Where: Bute Park, Cardiff Castle (CF10 1BJ)
Tickets: RHS Members £10 (£12 on the day), Non-members £11 (£14 on the day)
The RHS returns to Bute Park bringing the best of Welsh gardening and the excitement of spring. From spectacular show gardens to top-quality plants and gardening merchandise for sale set against the backdrop of the magnificent Cardiff Castle, the show will see plenty of activities for all the family including workshops, a children’s trail and the popular wheelbarrow competition.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 10-13 May
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern (WR13 6NW)
Tickets: Available from £18 - £36
Taking place within the picturesque Malvern Hills, the festival celebrates the finest in gardening, food and lifestyle with a vibrant line-up of features and exhibits. Visitors can expect plenty of show gardens and nursery displays as well as a variety of artisan food and drink from local producers.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 22-26 May
Where: Royal Hospital Chelsea, London (SW3 4SR)
Tickets: Available from £29 - £74
The world’s most famous flower show held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will see exciting show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays showcasing the latest trends in garden and landscape design. The Great Pavilion will be home to over 90 exhibits while for the first time visitors are invited to a Chelsea Late in Ranelagh Gardens on Friday 25 May for an evening of music, entertainment and more.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, 6-10 June
Where: Chatsworth, Derbyshire (DE45 1PP)
Tickets: Available from £18.50 - £33.50
The newest addition to the Society’s portfolio of shows, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show celebrates the creative genius of gardeners and garden designers, showcasing the designers pushing boundaries with a collection of innovative pieces. Set in the stunning grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, visitors will be immersed in an unusual, inspirational and surprising horticultural wonderland.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 2-8 July. Preview Evening 2 July
Where: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey (KT8 9AU)
Tickets: Available from £19.50 - £37.00
The world’s largest annual flower show features a diverse range of beautiful gardens, iconic horticulture and a vibrant array of shopping opportunities. Spanning over 34 acres with the stunning backdrop of the historical palace, it is the best place for budding and expert gardeners looking for inspiration and insight. With a host of activities, visitors can immerse themselves in grow your own ideas for the kitchen and pick from a range of horticultural, lifestyle and beauty products to take home.

RHS London Plant and Art Fair, 11-12 July. Late Event 10 July
Where: RHS Lindley (SW1P 2QW) & RHS Lawrence Hall (SW1P 2QD)
Tickets: RHS Members £5, non-members £8
With a selection of striking and original botanical art from around the world, the RHS London Plant and Art Fair will capture the beauty of horticulture through art. On display alongside a variety of seasonal plants and bulbs from some of the UK’s finest growers, the event will see a collection of original horticultural artwork plus a new exhibition of the winning photographs from the RHS Photographic Competition 2018 sponsored by The Sunday Times.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 18-22 July
Where: Tatton Park, Cheshire (WA16 6QN)
Tickets: Available from £23.00 - £28.50
RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, held in the heart of Cheshire, is the pinnacle of the North West’s gardening calendar. Having become synonymous with fresh new talent, 2018 marks the show’s 20th anniversary and will celebrate with a host of the Show’s favourites including the RHS Young Designer competition, show gardens and the popular Back to Backs offering planting ideas for small spaces.

Malvern Autumn Show, 29-30 September
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern (WR13 6NW)
A show for food and gardening lovers, the Malvern Autumn Show hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, crafts and more.

RHS London Harvest Festival Show, 2-3 October
Where: RHS Lindley Hall (SW1P 2QW)
Tickets: Free
Celebrating the autumn season with a bounty of produce, this festival is packed full of seasonal delights and inspiration for those looking to grow and create from their own garden produce. Highlights will include prize-winning fruit and vegetables, plenty of colourful autumnal displays and lots to try, taste and buy from independent food producers.

RHS London Urban Garden Show, 27-28 October. Late event 26 October
Where: RHS Lindley (SW1P 2QW) & RHS Lawrence Hall (SW1P 2QD)
Tickets: RHS Members £5, non-members £8
Rounding off the 2018 RHS Shows calendar, the Urban Garden Show will inspire visitors to grow, even those with only the smallest of plots. It is the perfect place to browse and buy an exotic assortment of plants for small gardens, balconies and windowsills along with popular houseplants, plus an eclectic range of botanical inspired products for the home. The event will also feature a host of creative installations for visitors to immerse themselves in and inspiring talks on urban horticulture for those looking to make the most of their city abodes.

 

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About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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About the RHS

The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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