22 January 2020 By Victoria Burnell
Throughout the year a multitude of horticultural events and shows take place all over the country with many of them quite small in size, perfect for those who wish to attend events that are much less sprawling and busy compared to shows such as RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Here is a list of some of these smaller events taking place this year that you might want to add to your diary.
Cambo Estate Snowdrop Festival 3 February-13 March
Cambo Estate’s annual snowdrop festival is one of the horticultural highlights of the year. The beautiful grounds of the estate will be covered in 350 varieties of snow drops for visitors to explore and enjoy. It will be a spectacular site at the peak of the season. There are lovely walks through the oceans of snowdrops and there will also be many other family activities throughout the festival period. You can also find one our greenhouses in their gardens – with the original glass windows in the central lobby too.
Tulip Festival at Arundel Castle 1 April
The reopening of Arundel Castle for 2020 is kicking off with their fantastic Tulip Festival where 60,000 tulips will be in bloom among the castle’s grounds for visitors to admire. Amongst the 120 named tulips on display, visitors will be able to see Olympic Flame, Lilac Time, Swan Wings, Fancy Frills and Black Parrot. In the spring sunshine this is sure to be a fantastic day out for all the family. Also home to an Alitex greenhouse, built to replicate the original structure it’s situated within the beautiful walled garden.
Cornwall Spring Flower Show, Wadebrige, Cornwall 4-5 April
With competitive classes giving everyone an opportunity to compete and exhibitions available to view the entries in addition to beautiful floral art and photography there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Another exciting part of this years show will be the Cornwall Garden Society’s scheme to emphasise gardening for children in order to help develop the next generation of horticulturalists.
Harrogate Spring Flower Show, 23-26 April
The professional Spring show gardens will be on display along The Avenue for visitors to gain inspiration for their gardens at home. There will also be the opportunity for some fabulous horticultural shopping as well as other great features of the show including the Feast! Food Theatre and the Floral Art section.
Chichester Festival of Flowers 28-30 of May
The Theme for the 2020 festival is ‘Realms of Glory’. Flower arrangements will be on display throughout the cathedral and environs while visitors will also be able to explore the cloisters and grounds. Volunteers are planning to create over 80 arrangements in an interpretation of the designer’s chosen theme.
Rare Plant Fair, Highnam Court, Nr Gloucester, 26 July
Throughout the year you can find many Rare Plant Fairs across the country providing a solution to your desires for unusual and specialist plants. You can visit their website to find the fair closest to you.
Malvern Autumn Show, 26-27 September
This Autumn Floral fiesta is a true celebration and collaboration of commercial florists and cut flower growers where visitors can pick up top tips from floral experts. Another part of the show which must not be missed is the Giant Vegetables Championship, which will entertain all members of your family.