The must-attend gardening events this summer
Make the most of the last days of summer by attending one of the superb garden shows and events around the country. From Royal Horticultural Society grand gardening affairs to National Trust activity days, there is something for everyone.
Gardening events this summer
Tatton Flower Show
One of the highlights in the Royal Horticultural Society’s calendar is the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Held at Tatton Park in Knutsford, Cheshire, the show runs from Wednesday 20th July to Sunday 24th July. It opens at 10 am each morning and closes at 6.30pm with the exception of Sunday when there will be a plant sell-off at 4pm before an earlier closing time of 5pm.
The Tatton Flower Show offers you the best of inspirational gardening. This year you can experience the new Evolution Garden category for futuristic design. Meanwhile, the Water Garden category returns this year alongside the Back Garden category for those of you with smaller gardens.
Informative presentations from the experts, including celebrity gardeners Carol Klein and Monty Don, will be running all week. From general gardening Q&A sessions or information on Seasonal Border Maintenance to more specialist talks on a wide range of topics from garden photography to beekeeping, there will be something to interest you.
For budding green fingers, the Family Day event on Saturday 23 July is a lovely way to share the joy of gardening with your children or grandchildren. Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant will come to life in the form or a fabulous show garden. Make sure to visit the School Gardens displays where the children have used their favourite musicals as inspiration for their gardening creations.
We at Great Little Garden are particularly excited by the shed transformations. Making the most of small spaces, creative artists and garden designers have used canals, libraries and many other exciting ideas to turn the humble shed into spectacular retreats and works of art.
Plan your month
2-29 July Meadow Month at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent. Families can venture on a fun trail through the meadow and learn about the conservation work that goes on. 11am-5.30pm (nationaltrust.org.uk).
17 July Open gardens at Westonbirt House & Gardens, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Open for the charitable National Gardens Scheme, Westonbirt House is a grade 1 site of national importance, described as “the finest ensemble of Victorian architecture, landscape and gardens in the Cotswolds” (Country Life Magazine). 11am-5pm (ngs.org.uk).
20-24July The RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.
6 August Family Wildtime at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Explore the outdoors and learn to build a den and bug “hotel”. 9.30am-12.30pm (chatsworth.org).
9 August Garden Safari at Chelsea Physic Garden, London. Discover the world of animals in the garden including the cockroach, corn snake, tree frog and more. There’s also the chance to explore the garden including the jungle room as well as medicinal, poisonous and vampire plants. 10.30am-2.30pm (chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk).
13 August Wild About Herbs at specialist nursery Knoll Gardens, Dorset. This workshop with Rachel Heathcote is a great way to get children outside. It includes a trail, herbal art and a safe lotions and potions session. Booking essential, 10.30am-noon (knollgardens.co.uk).
13 August Wild Night at Finlaystone Country Estate, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Join rangers at for an overnight camping adventure. Activities include den-building, bat walks and more. Adults £7.50, children £5, booking essential; 5pm-8am (01475 540505; finlaystone.co.uk).
24 August Teddy Bears Picnic at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. There’s plenty on offer for the family from games on the lawn to activity trials. 11am-3pm (birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk).
24-25 September Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground