2017 is a great time to seek inspiration for your garden. The RHS has a calendar packed full of exciting events this year. Each of them has something unique to get your green-fingered pulses racing.
Malvern Spring Show – 11th to 14th May
Fancy a day packed with local produce, colourful exhibits and show-stopping garden design set against the majestic backdrop of the Malverns? Then dust off your best wellies and wend your way down to the Malvern Spring Show. A fantastic celebration of spring, Malvern boasts exhibitors from across the spectrum. From the classic Hardy’s Cottage Garden to the bloodthirsty Hampshire Carnivorous Plants, there is something for all the family.
Malvern is also a hotspot for foodies, with last year’s event boasting the Kitchen Garden Theatre, starring Mary Berry, Mark Diacono and Valentine Warner. Don’t miss the cheeses from Neal’s Yard or a liquid lunch at the Little Gin Company.
Chelsea Flower Show – 23rd to 27th May
The highlight of the horticultural events calendar, Chelsea showcases and celebrates the very best in garden design. A visit to Chelsea will never be disappointing: there will always be something new and experimental, as well as classic and contemporary gardens to relish.
This year’s highlights will include the two-time Chelsea gold medal winner James Basson’s M&G garden, this year inspired by the landscape of Malta. Other designs include the 500 Years of Covent Garden exhibit, and gardens which raise awareness of mental health issues and breast cancer research.
Chatsworth Flower Show – 7th to 11th June
2017 will see the first Chatsworth Flower Show, featuring cutting-edge garden design in the heart of historic Derbyshire. The new concept will treat green-fingered enthusiasts to innovative and revolutionary designs set in a floral marquee based on the original Joseph Paxton glasshouse which inspired the Crystal Palace. Here you will see the finest nurseries, designers, growers and breeders in the UK standing side by side with the beautiful architecture and Capability Brown landscape of this jewel of England.
Hampton Court Palace – 4th to 9th July
Making the most of high summer, Hampton Court Palace will showcase a true abundance of floral delights, including exhibits from Eagle Sweet Peas and Floyds Clematis. There will be plenty of food for the imagination when it comes to your summer ornamentals, but Franchi seeds and the Garlic Farm will inspire you to get into the veggie patch.
Tatton Park Flower Show – 19th to 23rd July
A real family day out, last year’s show focused upon young and upcoming horticultural talent, with local schools contributing quirky and original new show gardens and exhibits. The theme last year was Roald Dahl’s BFG. Keep checking the RHS website for details of the fun to be had at the 2017 show.
Malvern Autumn Show – 23rd and 24th Sept
An abundant celebration of all the season’s offerings, the Malvern Autumn Show will never fail to delight all your senses. As summer ebbs into autumn and the mists begin to rise, fill yourself with inspiration from the country’s best harvest festival. Last year boasted the National Giant Vegetable Championships and some truly enormous specimens. Add to this the Young Pig of the Year and the vintage village, and you will feel one step closer to the good life.